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Falk, William Brian
William Brian Falk 46, of Taos passed away on Feb.25,2006 after a brief battle with liver cancer. Brian was born in San Francisco, Ca. on May 15, 1959. A resident of Taos since 1993, he was the founder of FaFa's Furniture & Fine Arts. Brian is survived by his life partner of 23 years, Tom Greer, his mother Irene Falk, his sister Monica Falk and his uncle Bill Soares, as well as many dear friends and clients. Donations can be made to Southwest C.A.R.E. Center, 649 Harkle Rd., Suite E, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Friends and clients were invited to a celebration of Brian's life at El Monte Sagrado on March 08, 2006.

Faucher, Jenny
Jenny Faucher, 56, passed away at her home Sunday evening, 9-16-2001, after being ill for some time. She was lovingly cared for by those who had been deeply touched through her presence in their lives. Jenny left this existence with an ease and grace which befitted her extraordinary being, and she will be sorely missed. Appreciation of her earthly form and memories of her unique nature are being shared at her residence until Wednesday of this week. A celebration of her passing and feast will be held on Thursday at five p.m. Donations for her funeral expenses are gratefully appreciated. Further information can be had at 751-3016. (The preceding obituary was extracted from The Taos News, September 20, 2001)

Fenner, Richard J.
Richard J. Fenner, Sr., 64, a resident of Conchas Dam, died Monday, April 1, 2002. He was born in Erie, PA March 5, 1938. He is survived by his wife, Judith Fenner of Conchas Dam, sons, Richard Fenner, Jr. and wife, Monica of Tucumcari, Michael Fenner and wife, Marilyn of Taos, Kurt Fenner and wife, Megan of Morarity, and Mark Fenner and wife, Tracy of Rio Rancho; grandchildren, Kyle, Sarah, and Kolten Fenner, all of Morarity, Ava Fenner of Rio Rancho, and Melissa Fenner of Taos; brother Charles Fenner and wife, Milly of Erie, PA; sisters, Betty Page of Erie, PA, Jane Covel of Corry, PA, Mary Lou Pildner and husband, Edward of Crainsville, PA, and Lynette Pildner and husband, John of Ashtabula, OH. Mr. Fenner graduated from University of Albuquerque as a Registered Nurse and worked at UNMH. Services will be held Thursday, April 4, 2002, 3:30 p.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, with Rev. Richard Crow officiating. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Thomas Hoyt Memorial Transplant Endowment. Please make checks payable to Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation, P.O. Box 26666, Albuquerque, NM 87125-6666. Arrangements by French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE.  ABQ Journal April 04, 2002

Feraro, Frank
Sunday night a mine explosion in Englevill, Colorado killed the mine superintendent Alex Jacobs and mine employees Frank Feraro, Carlos Fulchero, Giuseppi Battu and Joe Rizzi. La Revista De Taos newspaper. Contributed by Alberto Vidaur re.

Ferguson, Columbus
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 ABQJournal September 22, 1998

Ferguson, John H.
Ferguson, John H.; Taos, formerly of Lubbock, TX; died July 20, 1998; Albuquerque Journal North, Wednesday, July 22, 1998, pg 2

Ferguson, Mitchell P.
Mitchell P. Ferguson, 79, peacefully passed away at home on October 6, 2006. His wife, Donna (Munn), preceded Mitch in death. He is survived by his daughter, Leslie Weng; son, Lance; brother, Thomas; and sister, Barbara. He worked for TWA for 36 years in airport operations at Pittsburgh, Tucson, Albuquerque, Denver, Saudi Arabia, and Boston before his retirement. He served as president of the TWA Sonoran Retiree club and the Saudi group for many years. He also had served as past president of the Valle Escondido Homeowner's Association in Taos, Co. NM where they had a summer home for 32 years. Mitch was a great father and a good friend to all who knew him. He will be loved and missed by all. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, October 19, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 8051 E. Broadway Boulevard. Contributions can be made in his name to the American Cancer Society. ABQ Journal October 17, 2006

Fernandez, Abran E.
Abran E. Fernandez June 24, 2006 Abran E. Fernandez, 69, of Taos passed away on June 24, 2006. He retired from the New Mexico State Corrections Department. He is a member LULAC, the Fraternal Order of Police, Vice President of the Farm Bureau and the Stockman's Cattleman's Association. He is preceded in death by his parents, Max and Teresita Fernandez and sister, Priscilla Fernandez. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Lilly Fernandez, sons, Steve L. Romero of Espanola, Glen D. Romero (Teresa) of Taos, 2 grandchildren, Alyssa Romero of Albuquerque, Daniel Romero of Ranchos de Taos, his brothers Max Fernandez (Peggy), Herb Fernandez (Ida) both of Albuquerque, sisters, Viola Maes (Joe) of Albuquerque, Jennie Fernandez of Vadito and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. Evening service was held on June 26, 2006 at the First Presbyterian Church in Taos. Funeral service was held on June 27, 2006 at the First Presbyterian Church. Interment followed at the Placita Cemetery in Vadito.

Fernandez, Anita
Anita Fernandez, 87, of Arroyo Seco passed away on July 28, 2005. She is preceded in death by her husband, Felix Fernandez, son, Miguel Fernandez, daughter, Clarita Fernandez and infant son, Juan Fernandez. She is survived by her children, Juan Fernandez (Tonita), Benito Fernandez, Norbert Fernandez, Floyd Fernandez, Amelia Fernandez, Pat Lucero (Joe), Irene Gallegos (Tito), seven grandchildren, one great grandchild and many other relatives and friends. Rosary was recited on July 31, 2005. Funeral mass was held on August 01, 2005. Both services were held Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Interment was held at Arroyo Seco Cemetery. Arrangements by Rivera-Hanlon Funeral Home.

Fernandez, Antonio
Antonio Fernandez 78 of Arroyo Seco, NM. Died 1 Dec 1914. He was a military veteran of the Civil war (1860s). La Revista De Taos newspaper. Contributed by Alberto Vidaurre.

Fernandez, Dolorita B. de
Doloritas B. de Fernandez age 54 of Penasco, NM. died at her residence 12:00 noon 7 May 1909. She was the wife of Gracia Fresquez. She died of Pneumonia. La Revista De Taos newspaper. Contributed by Alberto Vidaurre.

Fernandez, Emilina
Emilina Fernandez age 17 of Placita del Rio Pueblo, NM. died 1 March 1906. Survivors husband Juan Antonio Fernandez and young son.Name not listed. La Revista De Taos newspaper. Contributed by Alberto Vidaurre.

Fernandez, Eulalia
Eulalia Fernandez Age 30 of Arroyo Seco, NM. Died 17 April 1915. Wife of Andres Sanchez. Survived by husband and 3 children. She was the niece of Higinio Sanchez. La Revista De Taos newspaper. Contributed by Alberto Vidaurre.

Fernandez, Francisquita S.
Taos Review News. 2 May 1940. Francisquita S. Fernandez Age 23 Years, 6 months and 19 days of Arroyo Seco, NM. Died 22 April 1940. Survived by husband Emilio Fernandez, young daughter Sabinita Elvira Fernandez; Parents Francisco B. Sanchez and Sabina P. Sanchez; Brother Carmen and Manuel Sanchez; Sister Mrs. Felix P. Sanchez. Contributed by Alberto Vidaurre.

Fernandez, Francisco
Francisco Fernandez from Ranchos de Taos, NM died at home 22 June 1907. Survivors Daughters Mrs. Silviano Medina, Mrs. Manuel Valerio and 2 other daughter (Names not listed) Sons Silviano Fernandez and Sofio Fernandez. La Revista De Taos newspaper. Contributed by Alberto Vidaurre.

Fernandez, Juan Antonio
Juan Antonio Fernandez age 88 of Vadito, NM. died at home Dec 9, 1968. He is survived by sons Ramon, Rudolfo, Ben and Clarence Fernandez; Daughter Dora Fernandez, Helen Garcia and Lydia Anglada; Brothers Daniel and Felix Fernandez; Siuster Bernice Olguin. Taos News Dec 19,1968 A 2. Contributed by Alberto Vidaurre.

Fernandez, Juan Pantaleon
Juan Pantaleon Fernandez of Talpa, NM died at his residence Monday 19 May 1907. He was the son of Jose Santiago Fernandez. La Revista De Taos newspaper. Contributed by Alberto Vidaurre.

Fernandez, Max
Max Fernandez, 104, born on February 1, 1896, in La Placita, New Mexico, passed away Thursday, March 23, 2000. Max, a World War I Veteran, former State Corporation Commissioner, former Representative in the NM House of Representatives, and recent recipient of the French Legion Medal of Honor, was preceded in death by his wife, Terecita Fernandez; daughter, Priscilla Fernandez; grandchildren, Bert Brown and Michael Duran. He is survived by son, Max Fernandez and wife, Peggy; son, Herbert Fernandez and wife, Ida; daughter, Viola Apodaca and husband, Baltazar, all of Albuquerque; son, Abran Fernandez and wife, Lilly of Taos; and daughter, Jennie Fernandez of Vadito, NM. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, Robin, Gilbert, John, Elena, Diana, Johnny, Wanda, Priscilla, Alfred, Wayne, Melvin, Michelle, Eli, Steve and Glen; 26 great-grandchildren, Jovanna, Sunshine, Ana, Christopher, Antonio, Dominic, Gene, Matthew, Kristopher, Karla, Kenny, Gabriel, Amanda, Monique, Brianna, Abran, Brian, Allison, Michael, Daniel, Lance, Joshua, Caleb, Debbie, Alyssa, and Daniel; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews. Max spent most of his life in Penasco, NM as a rancher, active member of the Republican Party, member of the Presbyterian Church, and holds life membership in the Taos Masonic Lodge. Max Fernandez was loved by many and will be greatly missed. On Sunday, March 26, 2000, visitation is scheduled fro 5:00 p.m. and a devotional service at 7:00 p.m. at Block-Salazar Mortuary. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 27, 2000 at the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Penasco. Interment will follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Robin and Gilbert Fernandez, Wayne and Alfred Montes de Oca, Johnny and Dominic Duran, Melvin and Eli Brown, and Elena Salazar. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Salazar Family of Block-Salazar Mortuary, 1-505-753-2288 or 1-800-443-4854. ABQ Journal March 25, 2000

Fernandez, Modesta G.
Modesta G. Fernandez, 80, a resident of Albuquerque since 1956, died Tuesday, May 29, 2001. She is survived by her sons, Frank Fernandez and wife, Martha and José (Joe) Fernandez, Jr, all of Denver, CO; daughters, Tillie Sanchez and husband, Louis and Consuelo Edmister and husband, Richard, all of Albuquerque, and Lorraine Sanchez and husband, Dennis of Taos; 13 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; brothers, Joe E. Garcia and wife, Raquel of Pueblo, CO, Ernestino Garcia of California, and Ray Garcia and wife, Betty of Taos; sisters, Viola Fernandez and husband, Juan, Virginia Sanchez and husband, Luby, and Angelina Canales and husband, Richard, all of California. She was preceded in death by her husband, José (Joe) T. Fernandez on March 27, 2000; brother, Paul Garcia; and grandson, Carlos Sanchez. Mrs. Fernandez was a founding member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church. Rosary will be recited Sunday, June 3, 2001, 7:00 p.m., at French Mortuary, Lomas Blvd. Chapel, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE. Mass will be celebrated Monday, June 4, 2001, 9:00 a.m., at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 11401 Indian School Rd. NE, with Father Domingo Gumpal, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mike Fernandez, Pablo Fernandez, Phillip Fernandez, Jesse Romero, Raul Sanchez, and Craig Ferguson. Friends may visit French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, Sunday, June 3, 2001, 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.   ABQ Journal June 03, 2001

Fernandez, Ruby E.
Ruby E. Fernandez, 35, of Taos died Tuesday, 4-17-2001. She is survived by her parents Adelio Gilbert and Flora Fernandez; brothers Benjamin Fernandez and wife Sandy, Chris G. Fernandez, Isaac A. Fernandez, Abraham P. Fernandez, and Jeremiah J. Fernandez; nephews Devon, Aaron and Derin Fernandez; and numerous other relatives and friends. Memorial services at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Rivera-Hanlon Funeral Home, Taos. (The preceding obituary was extracted from The Albuquerque Journal, April 19, 2001)

Fichtelberg, Isadore J.
Fichtelberg, Isadore J.; 73; Ranchos de Taos; died August 18, 1998; Albuquerque Journal North, Thursday, August 20, 1998, page 2

Fields, Walter Allen Jr.
Walter Allen Fields Jr., "Rexy,"- Teen found hanged at Fred Baca Park By Jonathan McDonald, The Taos News, August 12, 1999 The body of a 17-year-old man from the Peñasco area was found hanging from a tree Friday, Aug. 6, 1999, in Fred Baca Park. The body of Walter Fields was discovered at approximately 8:45 a.m. by a groundskeeper, according to Police Chief Neil Curran. The groundskeeper was there to pick up trash and ensure the nearby playground was clean for children. No children saw Fields' body, and police were called to the scene at once. Fields' death has been classified by police as a "homicide slash suicide," said Curran, who added that the evidence on the scene was "almost zilch." A leather belt was used to hang Fields from the tree, and Curran said there was no sign of a struggle or evidence of foul play. "There were no tracks on the ground ... and no abrasions on the body," he said. However, investigators are "keeping an open mind" about what might have happened, the chief said. The Office of the Medical Investigator was called to determine the cause of death, and police are waiting to hear from them before officially calling the death a suicide or a homicide. "They can sometimes look very similar, though at this point there is nothing to indicate a homicide," Curran said. Police had identified Walters, who did not have any identification on him, within five hours of finding the body. Curran said they got help from a number of sources in identifying the man. Assuming Fields did commit suicide, there is no indication what drove him to the act. He was a ward of the state Children, Youth and Families Department, Curran said, and living on his own. Fields was involved in a traffic accident near the entrance to Taos Pueblo several weeks ago and damaged a truck he had borrowed from a friend. Other than that, there is very little to indicate why Fields may have killed himself. Curran said the death of Fields was "a shame" and wished something could have been done. "There has been a large increase in juvenile suicide nationwide." The Office of the Medical Investigator had no information for release as of press time Tuesday (Aug. 10). (In The Taos News, August 8, 2001 there is an open letter from his mother to her son. It states that he was born 10 August 1981. It also stated that his grandfather, Ralph Martinez and his great-grandfather Frank Martinez passed before him.)

Fields, William
William Fields July 21, 1925 - January 25, 2005 WILLIAM ELGIE FIELDS – better known as "Bill" to his family and friends, Age 79 of Santa Fe, passed away on Tuesday, January 25, 2005 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was preceded in Death by his parents Tate and Eva Fields who he was born to on July 21, 1925 in Vian, Oklahoma. He was also preceded in death by a son, Robert Sherwood Fields and a sister Evanell Bushnell and Brother in law, Harry Batchelor. Bill attended the University of New Mexico where he received a B.S in Civil Engineering in 1950 and worked for many years and retired as a civil and hydrolics engineer. During his career, his activities included serving as Chief of Indian Affairs, worked with the National Park Service from 1958 - 1987, worked with Navajo, Zuni and Hopi tribes on park proposals. He worked for five years as a liaison to all the tribes in the United States and possessions. He also worked for Indian programs to better their social and economic life. Bill served in the military from July 1942 – December 1945 with the United States Marine Corp. during World War II. He served at the Guadalcanal, New Georgia and Bougainville. He worked with the Navajo Code talkers during World War II as well. From December 1945 – June 1950 he was a member of the US Marine Corp Reserve and from June 1950 – July 1985 served in the New Mexico National Guard. He retired as Colonel in the Army and Brigadier General in the New Mexico State Guard. His volunteer services include: Board of Directors, Winds of Life Foundation, Board of Directors, Buffalo tour for reinstatement of Buffalo to reservations. Board of Directors, Southwestern College in Santa Fe, and Board of Directors, American Indian Art Mentor Program, with SWAIA and MOWW His awards include: Legion of Merit, Distinguished Service Medals (Army, State of New Mexico National Guard Association) and the Meritorious service medal (Army and National Park Service). Bill traveled throughout the United States and some in the Pacific and Europe as well. When talking about himself, he stated, "I'm not much on talking about myself. Born of an Indian father and a white mother. I moved to New Mexico at the age of one and was raised on or near Navajo and Hopi reservations. I have lived in Santa Fe for more than 42 years. William E. Fields is survived by the mother of his children, Doris Madox Taylor, formerly of Farmington, NM, previously living in Tucson, AZ, his wife of many years, Pricilla Fields (of Santa Fe), a sister; Juanita Batchelor (of Florida), His Children; Frank Fields and wife Gail of Tucson, Wendy Fields-Montoya and husband Phillip of Santa Fe, Crystal Fields-Lucero of Santa Fe, Antonio Sanchez of Dixon, Nick Sanchez and wife Nook of Santa Fe, Craig Sanchez and wife (deceaced) +Barbara Sanchez of Blanco, NM, Jimmy Sanchez and wife Emily Lucero- Sanchez of Santa Fe and Rose Cordova and Husband Tom Cordova of Santa Fe. Grandchildren; Kristi Kay Torres, Karen Jo Fields, Nicole Wilcox, Jessica Fields, Kami Kiesov, Riesha D'Angelico, Rachael Bransford, Veronica Lucero, Jennifer Sanchez, Andre Sanchez, Michelle Martinez, Victoria Sanchez, Mya Cordova, Santiago Sanchez and Soledad Sanchez. Great Grandchildren; David Torres, Anna Torres, Gabriel Fields, Lauren Ronstadt, Charlotte Ronstadt, Sean William "Bill Fields, Ryan Fields, Gary Mendez, Micah D'Angelico, Christian Bransford, Daniel Martinez, Diego Martinez, Dominic Martinez. Serving as pallbearers are: Tom Cordova, Jerry Lucero, Phillip Montoya Jr., Dion D'Angelico, Alex Bransford, Sean William "Bill" Fields. Honorary Pallbearers are: Master General Franklin Miles Lieutenant Colonel Bill Shrecengost Major Joe Rael, and Lieutenant General Gordon Sumner A Devotional Service will be held on Sunday January 30th at 6 PM at the Sweeney Convention Center on 201 W. Marcy St. in Santa Fe, the Funeral Service will be held on Monday January 31st at 10:00 AM also at the Sweeney Convention Center. Interment will take place at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1 PM with full military honors. The family of William E. "Bil E. "Bill" Fields have entrusted the care of his arrangements to the Rivera family of Block Salazar Mortuary of the Espanola Valley, 753-2288, 1 800 443-4854l" Fields have entrusted the care of his arrangements to the Rivera family of Block Salazar Mortuary of the Espanola Valley, 753-2288, 1 800 443-4854 Born: July 21, 1925 Death: January 25, 2005

Fieschel, Lynn
Lynn Fieschel, of Taos, finally found peace as she passed over the river to be with the Lord on November 21, 2006. She was born July 26, 1961 in Brooklyn, NY. She is preceded in death by her mother Mary Fieschel, her maternal grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Owen Callan, paternal grandparents William and Rose Fieschel, aunt Kathy Stockel, and dear friend Cindy Lugbauer. She is survived by her father William Fieschel (Debbie) of Myrtle Beach, SC, brother and sister, Keith Fieschel of Alaska and Debbie Franklin of Maryland, uncles Joey, Richie, and Arthur Fieschel, and aunt Carol Buro. She moved to Taos over 20 years ago from the SF Bay Area where she was a skilled house painter. In the Taos area she did everything from installing the flooring at WalMart to helping renovate the historic St. James Hotel but her favorite work was tree planting for the US Forest Service as she loved the outdoors, camping, and the idea of restoring the earth. She had a strong desire to get a good education but due to low self-esteem and depression, she would often take the wrong path. She did earn her GED in 1984, was inducted into the Honor Society at NNMC in 1996 where she also completed the EMT-Basic course. She started at UNM-Taos in 2003 to complete coursework to become a counselor. Her goal was to help others who suffered emotionally as she had. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the UNM-Taos Student Success scholarship fund. Memorial service was held on Sunday, December 17, 2006 at Rivera-Hanlon Funeral Home.

Finley, William
William Finley October 19, 2006 William Thomas) Tom Finley passed away unexpectedly on October 19, 2006 at the age of 79. Tom entered the U.S. Marine Corps on his 17th Birthday while in college. He was in combat on Iwo Jima, and spent nine months of occupation duty in Japan after the war. Among his many accomplishments, Tom received his Master's Degree in 1949. He became a Treasury Agent for the FBI where he was responsible for some of its largest conspiracy cases. With forty years experience in labor contract negotiations, Tom was among the top five management representatives in the country. He served on the Industrial Relations Committees for the National Association of Manufacturers, American Management Association, Manufacturer's Chemist Association and the University of Pennsylvania Advisory Council, to name a few. Tom negotiated with many of the top labor leaders, including Jimmy Hoffa. He wrote a book, "Papa-San: Fishing in the Desert" published in 2004, recounting his experiences while in Japan, and was in the process of writing three other books as well. Tom is survived by his wife Colleen, sons Michael, Shawn, James and stepson Stewart, and daughters Diane, Alison and stepdaughter Jamie.

Flaherty, Donald Francis
Donald Francis Flaherty was born in Kentfield, California on June 2, 1918 and grew up in Sacramento, CA. He was the third of five children and the last surviving member of his immediate family with his brothers, William Flaherty, Robert Flaherty; and his sisters Margaret Eiferle and Lillian Hickey preceding him in death. Don often regaled his children and grandchildren with precocious tales of his childhood in Sacramento. He graduated from University of California at Berkeley and joined the United States Army Air Corp where he proudly served in the 415th Nightfighter Squadron in the European theatre during World War II. It was around this time that he met his first wife, Mary Helen Jenkins. Don and Mary Helen had three children, Ana, Edward and Catherine (Riley). As a family, they traveled and lived throughout the world during Don's military career. Both Mary Helen; and his lovely daughter Riley preceded him in death. After Don's retirement from the Air Force he was employed by Hughes Aircraft in 1968. With great providence he met and married Maxine Elizabeth Rorie. She had two children, Steven and Susan, both of whom loved him dearly and considered him to be their father. During and after his retirement from Hughes Aircraft he worked tirelessly as President of the Air Force Association and the Night Fighters Association. He and Maxine had wonderful adventures as they traveled and lived throughout Europe and the United States. Don and Maxine had a total of 13 grandchildren, one of whom died at the age of 14 months, and 16 great-grandchildren. All were loved deeply by their grandparents. Donald Francis Flaherty was an honorable man and a patriot. He was a devout catholic and a member of the Knights of Columbus. A memorial mass has been said for him in Dana Point, California. He never knew a stranger and kept in touch with old friends throughout his lifetime. Don lost Maxine to a stroke in 2005. Don passed away in Taos, New Mexico, under the care of his daughter, Ana, and brother and sister-in-law Wayne and Marjorie Rorie on June 23, 2009.

Flores, Abel Lee
Abel Lee Flores, 27, of Questa passed away on July 15, 2005. He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Eloy T. Flores. He is survived by his parents, David and Barbara Flores, brothers, David Shawn Flores all of Questa and Bradley Flores (Marie Chacon) of Taos. He is also survived by his grandmother, Dora Montoya, many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephew and many close friends. Memorial service was held on Saturday, July 23, 2005 at the family residence at 29 Gallegos Rd., Questa, NM

Flores, Paul Pat
Paul Pat Flores age 35, resident of Taos, Korean war veteran. died in a motor vehicle accident Nov 21,1968.He is survived by his parents Pablo and Delia Flores; Wife Emma F. Flores (daughter of Columbus Ferguson) ; Sons Gregory and Eric Allen Flores; Sister Mary Ann Flores; Brother George Flores and grandfather J. Rufino Trujillo. Contributed by Alberto Vidaurre.

Flores, Polonia Garcia de
Polonia Garcia de Flores age 57 of Roy, NM died at her home 29 March 1907. She was the wife of Ramon Flores. La Revista De Taos newspaper. Contributed by Alberto Vidaurre.

Flowers, Geraldine Mary
Geraldine Mary Flowers, age 67, went home to the Lord on May 22, 2009. She was born July 20, 1941 in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Geri (to her friends) lived in New Mexico for many years where she passed away due to a battle with cancer. She is survived by two sisters, one brother and four children, Marty Padilla of Alb., NM, John Padilla of Denver CO, Stephanie Padilla of Taos, NM and Christine Johnson of Alb., NM. She was also a grandmother to Mark, Shanna and Skyler Padilla of Alb., NM also River Padilla of Denver CO. She will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her. Memorial Services are being held Saturday, June 13, 2009 at a private home. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the Death of his saints -Psalm 116:15 ABQ Journal June 12, 2009

Fox, Marian Tarleton
Marian Tarleton Fox, a fine lady, was born on February 9, 1917 in Taos, NM. She died at home in Albuquerque on Monday, Christmas, December 25, 2006, at the age of 89. Marian had lived in Albuquerque since 1950. She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty seven years, Charles T. Fox. She is survived by daughter, Gretchen Fox of Albuquerque; son, Eric Fox and wife, Catie Angell of Albuquerque; and daughter, Terri Fox of Albuquerque; five grandchildren: Craig Fox of Santa Fe, NM, Carla Fox Slater and her husband, Steve of Albuquerque, Chelsea Fox Harnish and husband, Scot of Chandler, AZ, Stephen Pack of Albuquerque, and Melissa Pack of Albuquerque; and five great-grandchildren. Marian was a member of First Presbyterian Church for 53 years, where she also served as a deacon and was actively involved in the Sunbonnet Mission Shop for many years. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, January 5, 2007, 11:00 a.m., at First Presbyterian Church, 215 Locust St. NE. Interment will be in Taos, NM. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Animal Humane Association, 615 Virginia SE, 87108, or gifts to the Deacon's Fund or the Sunbonnet Mission Fund at First Presbyterian Church. French Mortuary 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400 ABQ Journal December 28, 2006

Frank, Lawrence Jr.
Lawrence Frank, Jr., of Arroyo Hondo passed away on August 07, 2006 He was a prominent collector and dealer of Southwestern Native American and Spanish colonial art, author of fiction and non-fiction, and documentary film maker. Larry, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, was the beloved husband of Alyce Frank, a well-known painter of Southwestern landscape scenes. In addition to his wife, Larry is survived by his sister, Nancy Frank of Beverly Hills, California, his children, Ross, Melissa and Chad, five grandchildren, and many colleagues, clients and fans in New Mexico and around the world. Graveside service was held on August 11, 2006 at Upper Arroyo Cemetery.

French, Caleb
Caleb French, 20, of Taos passed away unexpectedly on January 05, 2006. He is survived by his father, Thomas French and brother, Jesse French. A memorial has been created at the place where he tragically died on Thursday, January 5, 2006 at 506 Upper Ranchitos Road, the home of Thomas and Jesse French. People are asked to keep him in their prayers. Memorial contributions can be made to the Dream Tree Project at 758-9595.

French, Peggy
Peggy French, 52 of Taos passed away unexpectedly on January 01, 2006. Community gathering was held on January 07, 2006 at Kit Carson Park and pot luck and gathering on January 08, 2006 at San Cristobal Community Center.

Fresquez, Benito
Benito Fresquez, 85, of Taos passed away on March 17, 2006, born in the village of Chamisal, NM. His birth parents were Angelica & David Fresquez, stepmother, Eloida Fresquez all of whom preceded him in death as did infant brothers and then brothers, David E. and Joe Fresquez. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Iris. They met in Tuba City, Arizona where both were teachers on the Navajo (Dine) Reservation. His teaching career, especially math, extended to Chimayo, Penasco and retirement in Taos. He was remembered for his ambidexterity, sometimes writing with one hand and then switching to his left hand. Benito was an extremely private and quiet person but whose sense of humor would emerge unexpectedly to everyone's delight. His surviving family include brothers and sisters, Ruben Fresquez (Claudina), Esther Ortega (Gilbert), Elifas Fresquez (Beatrice), Sadie Davis (James), Marietta Barton (Roy), Rosalina Eichwald (Aaron), Roy Fresquez (Margie) and William Fresquez (June), sister in law, Ramona Fresquez plus many other relatives and close friends. He was an avid gardener, furniture and toymaker and animal lover. His particular charity was Menaul School, 301 Menaul Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107 or any other charity of choice. A memorial service will be announced at a later date to be followed by burial at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. He served in WWII in the Army Air Corps 1942-1946.

Fresquez, Cicilia Avila de
Cicilia Avila de Fresquez from La Placita de Los Lucero, NM. died tuesday of this week 21 May 1807. La Revista De Taos newspaper. Contributed by Alberto Vidaurre.

Fresquez, Emilia G.
Emilia G. Fresquez, 79, of Ranchos de Taos, passed away on August 19, 2005. She is preceded in death by her parents, Carlos and Isabel Garcia and son, Robert Anthony Fresquez. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Manuel A. Fresquez, her children, Alex Fresquez (Elidia), Mary P. Roybal (Melvin Trujillo), Henry Fresquez (Anna Espinoza), Joe Fresquez, Ruby Luna (Anthony), Reyes Roybal (Karen Garcia) all from Ranchos de Taos, brother Carlos Garcia, Jr. (Claudina), 8 grandchildren and 12 great- grandchildren. Rosary was recited on August 21, 2005. Funeral mass was held on August 22, 2005. Both services were held at San Francisco de Asis in Ranchos de Taos. Interment was held at Jesus Nazareno Cemetery in Ranchos de Taos.

Fresquez, Geneieve
Geneieve Fresquez 68 passed away November 22, 2009.She is preceded in death by her husband Maximo Fresquez, parents Matilde and Eloy Martinez,brothers Angel Martinez,Guillermo Martinez(Marcella)and Gilberto Martinez (Baudelia) and sister Selfa Brito.She is survived by her childre,Maximo Fresquez Jr.,Leigh Leybe(Juan)and Randy Fresquez(Anita) grandchildren Angel,Bernie,Michael,Max,Raquel, Maria,and Simon.Special nieces Nancy and Lisa Brito and many other relatives.Rosary was recited on November 27,2009,funeral mass was held at San Antonio de Padau Catholic Church. Interment was at the Morada cemetery in Penasco. Arrangements by Rivera Family Mortuaries.

Fresquez, Joe
Fresquez Joe, 71, of Peñasco died Friday, 7-20-2001. He attended the Allison James and Peñasco Schools. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1947 through 1950. He married Ramona Lovato on Sept. 6, 1951, in Taos. He retired after 34 years of service from the Kennecott Copper Mine in Bingham Canyon, Utah. He was preceded in death by his parents David and Eloida Fresquez; brother, David Fresquez; and granddaughter, Angel Cruz. He is survived by his wife, Ramona Lovato of Peñasco; children, Elizabeth Terhune and husband Jim of Denver, Joette Seal and husband Harvey of Copperton, Utah, Renae Cruz and husband Joey of Las Trampas, and Jacqueline Romero and husband Anthony of West Jordan, Utah; brothers and sisters Reuben Fresquez and wife Claudina of Santa Fe, Benito Fresquez and wife Iris of Taos, Esther Ortega and husband Gilbert of Sun City, Ariz., Elifas Fresquez and wife Beatrice of West Jordan, Utah, Sadie Davis and husband Jim of Peñasco, Marietta Barton and husband Roy of St. George, Utah, Roselyn Eichwald and husband Aaron of Peñasco, Roy Fresquez and wife Sylvana of West Jordan, Utah, William Fresquez and wife June of Avondale, Ariz.; grandchildren Clinton Chavez, Nicole Shipley, Amanda Jo Cline, Joey Angelo Cruz, Jessica Chavez, Reanna Cruz, Andre Romero, and Alex Romero; five great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends. Devotional services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the DeVargas Funeral Home in Española. Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Peñasco. Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. DeVargas Funeral Home, Española. (The preceding obituary was extracted from The Albuquerque Journal, July 21, 2001)

Fresquez, Juan Bautista
Juan Bautista Fresquez, 42, of Des Montes died Sunday, 5-63-2001. He is survived by his wife, Yevonne Fresquez; brothers Alonzo Valdez, Daniel Fresquez and wife Andreita, and Robert Fresquez, all of Des Montes; six stepsons; aunt, Agapita Baca of Tularosa; and numerous other relatives and friends. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. today at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Arroyo Seco. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the same church. Burial will follow at the Arroyo Seco Cemetery. Rivera-Hanlon Funeral Home, Taos. (The preceding obituary was extracted from The Albuquerque Journal, May 8, 2001)

Fresquez, Maria Petrita Romero de
Maria Petrita Romero de Fresquez age 70 years and 3 days of Valdez, NM. died at her home at 7:00 AM 2 July 1909. She is survived by her children Martianiano Romero and Petrita Romero de Fresquez. La Revista De Taos newspaper. Contributed by Alberto Vidaurre.

Fresquez, Rafaelita Romero de
Rafaelita Romero de Fresquez age 26 of Talpa, NM. died 4 Sept 1905 of El Tisis (Tuberculosis) She lived in the Plaza of Questa,NM for 12 years. Survived by her husband Jose Leonardo Fresquez and a son 3 years old (Name not listed). Funeral was in the Chapel of San Juan and burial in the Cemetery of Carmen (Nuestra Senora del Carmen, Talpa, NM). La Revista De Taos newspaper. Contributed by Alberto Vidaurre.

Friday, Larry Martin
Larry Martin Friday, 74, of Taos, passed away Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at Holy Cross Hospital. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Martin "Jimmy" Friday, Dorothy Howell Gregston; and his in laws H.L. and Fern Galles (Papa and Gigi); and brother-in-law H. Lee Galles. He is survived by his wife, Judi Friday; daughters Debbie Friday-Jagers (Marty Jagers), Mary Friday (Eddie Joe Abeyta), Elizabeth "Betsy" Friday (Marc Skoda); and his four grandchildren, Joseph Jagers, Jackie Jagers, Adam Joseph "A.J." Abeyta and Leah Abeyta. He is also survived by his brother, David Gregston (Carla ) of Oregon, Rosie Bourzac (Paul) of Fresno, and his brother-in-law Rick Galles (Tina) of Albuquerque, sister-in-law Karen Mische (Lynd) of Kansas City and numerous nieces and nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins. He was also very blessed with many, many close friends. He was involved in his community supporting numerous civic projects such as CDBG, President of the Lions Club, Board of Directors of Western Bank of Taos, Past President of the Taos Chamber of Commerce, Chevrolet Dealer Council, Board Member of New Mexico Auto Dealer Association, and one of the original founders of the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally. He was a Mason, Shriner and a member of the Royal Order of Jesters. "Fuzzy" was very involved in auto racing as a driver and pit crew member of Unser-Galles-Friday Racing, and an accomplished pilot. He created the local roller rink, owned and operated a sawmill, and managed timeshare condominiums. He loved mowing his yard for everyone to enjoy and he especially loved spending time with his grandchildren. Prior to his automotive career, Larry was a 4-star/4-year Letterman at Midland High School, a unique accomplishment. "Peanut", he graduated from Southwest Texas State College in San Marcos, TX. He was a Texas All Star Football Player in 1953. He was best known as the friendly car dealer "Aqui en Taos"! Services will be held on his lawn at the Friday home on Saturday, June 27, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. All family and friends are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Taos Volunteer Fire Department would be greatly appreciated. Arrangements by Rivera Family Mortuaries of Taos. ABQJournal June 25, 2009

Fuentes, Paul G.
Paul G. Fuentes, 84, of Arroyo Hondo and formerly of San Angelo, Texas, died Thursday, 12-9-1999. He was retired from the Adams County Public Schools. He was preceded in death by his wife, Felice Villarreal y Fuentes. He is survived by his children, Catherine Padilla and husband Pascual of Arroyo Hondo, Armando Fuentes and wife Esther of Denver, Blas Fuentes of Albuquerque, Pauline Sykora of Boise, Idaho, Richard Fuentes and wife Emily of Arvada, Colo., Marcelo Fuentes of San Angelo, and Brenda Autry of San Angelo; 16 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at Nuestra Señora de Dolores Catholic Church in Arroyo Hondo. Burial will be in Knickerbocker, Texas. Rivera-Hanlon Funeral Home, Taos. (The preceding obituary was extracted from The Albuquerque Journal, December 11, 1999).

Fulchero, Carlos
Sunday night a mine explosion in Englevill, Colorado killed the mine superintendent Alex Jacobs and mine employees Frank Feraro, Carlos Fulchero, Giuseppi Battu and Joe Rizzi. La Revista De Taos newspaper. Contributed by Alberto Vidaur

Fusek, John
John Fusek, 56, of Taos, passed away on Saturday evening, August 26, 2006, at the Holy Cross Hospital. He was born on June 8, 1950, in Burbank, CA, graduated from Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks in 1969, and attended Valley College in the San Fernando Valley. John loved nature and the simple life, which originally brought him to Taos in the early 1970's where he met his former wife and mother of his children, Genie Munson. He was, among many other things, a wood carver. He lived in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Wisconsin, California and Indiana. For the last several years of his life he enjoyed living on his land in the Three Peaks area of Taos. Preceded in death by his father Adolph Fusek, John is survived by his mother Margaret Fusek of North Hollywood, CA; 10 brothers and sisters of California and Oregon which are Jim Fusek, Polly Fusek, Monica deMalleville, Kathleen Fusek, Bill Fusek, Tom Fusek, Jane Fusek, Tess Schallard, Joe Fusek and Margie Sagnotti; one son, John Fusek of Albuquerque; daughter Maggie Avants of Murrieta, CA; daughter Bethany Shecker of Chino Valley, AZ; and four grandchildren. Arrangements by Rivera-Hanlon Funeral Home. Thank you to the staff at the Holy Cross Hospital for the gentle care you provided him, and to anyone who may have befriended him over the years.

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