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Jose Manuel Villalobos

Jose Manuel (Manny) Villalobos – a loving husband to his wife of 60 years, a devoted father to his seven children, a treasured grandfather to his 17 grandchildren and a lifelong joy to his siblings, extended family and friends – passed away surrounded by members of his family on Friday, April 24, 2015.

Manny was born July 25, 1931 in El Paso to parents Juan Fontez Villalobos and Adela Grijalva Villalobos, longtime residents of El Paso. He married Mazie, the love of his life, with whom he traveled the world and shared a lifelong journey of adventures with their children and extended family.

With an unshakeable faith, he served his church and his community, teaching those around him the joys that come with a loving passion for life. He was much loved and will be sorely missed.

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June Maria Sadowski Kruszewski

June Kruszewski, 82, passed away peacefully Friday April 10, 2015. June was born Sept. 10, 1932 in Bydoszcz, Poland to Julian Sadowski and Mary Misiewicz Sadowski. Her father was a musician and former officer of the Polish Army in the Polish-Bolshevik war in 1919-1921, and then was an official of the U.S. Herbert Hoover Agency to save children from World War I in Poland. Her mother was a Chicago-born American living in Poland.

June and her mother survived the horrors of the German Nazi occupation and the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, as well as the imposition of the Communist terror in Poland after 1945. She was finally, in 1950, allowed by the Communists to rejoin her mother in the United States, where surprisingly she also met her father after 11 years. Miraculously he survived his capture by the Soviets and death in the Katy massacre of 14,000 Polish officers in 1940.

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Ann Bryan Rucker Ray

Ann Bryan Rucker Ray, born Feb. 13, 1910, celebrated her 105th birthday with her family and dearest friends 10 days before she passed away on Feb. 23, 2015.

A beloved first grade teacher for over 20 years, she graduated from Mary Hardin Baylor Academy and from the University of Texas at Austin.

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William Janke Kastrin

William (Bill) Janke Kastrin, a third generation El Pasoan and the oldest of nine children, was born into a pioneering El Paso business family on July 26, 1917.

His parents, Gus and Grace Catsaron, and maternal grandparents, Alexander and Lina Janke, set him on an ambitious course in real estate and construction. This included involvement in El Paso landmarks like Providence Memorial Hospital, the El Paso National Bank Building (now Chase Tower), the Paso del Norte Hotel (now Camino Real) and numerous projects on Fort Bliss and in New Mexico, including the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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William E. Wood Jr.

William E. Wood Jr., 85, went home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at the Center for Compassionate Care Hospice of El Paso.

He was born on March 20, 1929 in El Paso. He grew up in Kern Place where he attended Dudley School, El Paso High School, Texas College of Mines (UTEP) and the University of Texas at Austin Law School.

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Benjamin Philip Boswell

My heart just aches to hear your voice or to see you smile. I never thought that our time together would be cut so short. I will never accept the fact that you are not here anymore, and I just want you to know that you will always be in my heart and I will forever treasure the memories we’ve made together.

Love, Yolanda

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Duffy Brock Stanley

Duffy Brock Stanley, FAIA, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sept. 27, 2014, at the age of 91. God greatly blessed Duffy throughout his life here on earth.

Duffy was born in Midland, Texas on Feb. 14, 1923, a Valentine surprise for his mother and father, Mary and Ben Stanley, and their firstborn son.  

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Frances Axelson

Frances Roderick Barnard Bagwell Axelson, born in Wichita, Kansas in 1923, died on Oct. 2, 2014 at Hospice El Paso. She was 91 and a life-long El Pasoan. An energetic civic leader and caring philanthropist, she concentrated on her beloved city working with the El Paso Community Foundation, where she served as chairman of the board and was a longtime director emeritus. The foundation’s executive director, Eric Pearson, called her “the brightest star he ever knew.”

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra, founded by her father, Dorrance D. Roderick, the longtime publisher of the El Paso Times and founder of KROD radio and TV stations, was another cause very dear to her heart. She graduated from Radford School where she was May Queen and later served on Radford’s board of directors.

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Carmen Loewenstein Wood

Carmen Louise Loewenstein Wood, 87, passed away Aug. 3, 2014, at Center for Compassionate Care West Hospice in El Paso. She was surrounded with family, friends, caregivers and angels.

Carmen was born March 11, 1927 in Chihuahua, Mexico, to George Buchanan Loewenstein and Carmen Hector Loewenstein. The Loewenstein family is a pioneer family having settled in El Paso-Ysleta in 1867, and the Hector Saenz family from Alsace-Lorraine, France, and Jimenez, Mexico, is a pioneer family in Mexico.

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Carolyn Gay Ponsford

Carolyn Gay Ponsford passed away peacefully on July 17, 2014 at the age of 83. She was preceded in death by her parents John Will and Maurine Gay, her husband John Ponsford and her son Jack Ponsford. 

She will be dearly missed by her brother John Gay (Martha), her son Rick Ponsford (Andi), daughter Leigh Lovelady (Stuart), daughter-in-law Caroline Ponsford, and grandchildren Emily Goforth (Matt), Julie Ellis (Jared), Will Sessions, Ginny Siller (Matt), Cameron Ponsford, Tricia Chinnici (Mike), Mitchell Ponsford (Rachel), Jenna Scott (Dave), and great grandchildren Olivia and Henry Ellis, Jack Goforth and Clara Scott.

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Stephen Paul Larsen July 17, 1943 – July 3, 2014

Stephen ‘Steve’ Paul Larsen was born in Bowling Green, Ohio, and grew up in several locations as his stepfather was in the Navy. He graduated from high school in 1961 in Castro Valley, California, and joined the Navy immediately after, where he served for two years.

After the Navy he moved to El Paso and worked for Lockheed. He also worked in the photographic and firearms industries. He completed his working years first as a bus driver for the City of El Paso and finally a dispatcher there.

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A remarkable life: Henry Kellen, museum founder

Henry Kellen, the founder of the El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center and a Holocaust survivor, died Thursday, July 3, two days before his 99th birthday. Services were held Friday at Congregation B’nai Zion and the museum held a memorial and tribute on Saturday.

Kellen, whose original surname was Kacenelenbogen, was born July 5, 1915, in Lodz, Poland. After studying textile and mechanical engineering in France, Kellen returned to his family’s home in Lithuania in 1937. By 1941, the Germans had invaded Lithuania, and Kellen’s family, along with 30,000 other Jews, were forced into the Kovno Ghetto. 

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Joe A. Dominguez 1942-2014

Joe A. Dominguez passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family on June 20, 2014. Joe was born on March 19, 1942 in Fabens, Texas to Martin and Manuela Dominguez. He was a graduate of Ysleta High School and the University of Texas at El Paso. He was a Vietnam-era U.S. Army staff sergeant. 

He was lifelong El Paso businessman and a practicing Certified Public Accountant for more than 30 years. Joe was actively involved in the Sun Carnival Association for many years, as well as the Border Business Association, the local chapter of the Navy League, and other local organizations. 

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John Luke Lukowski 1922-2014

John Luke Lukowski, M.D., went to the Lord’s garden on May 28, 2014. He was born June 17, 1922 to John Lukowski and Lydia Walden and was preceded in death by his only sister, Josephine. 

When World War II broke out, he was attending the University of Miami where he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was sent to Biggs Field in El Paso as a first lieutenant. There he met and married his wife of 69 years, Margaret Delaney, before being shipped out to the Pacific.

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Margaret Alyn Brown Morton

On June 10, 2014 Margaret Alyn Brown Morton died of exhaustion from too much laughter, numerous board positions, leadership roles in too many schools attended and raising six children (two sets of twins). She was 83. 

We have lost a beautiful, gentle and elegant woman. 

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Sarah “Cita” Schuster

Sarah “Cita” Elizabeth Fletcher Schuster passed away on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, surrounded by her family and loving caregivers. She was 84 years old and a lifelong resident of El Paso.

Cita was a talented artist, a fine art appraiser, community leader, mother, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother and friend to many. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Vassar College, did graduate studies at UTEP and UCLA, and was a participant in Cornucopia v. American Society of Appraisers, London. 

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Jayne Upton Howell Adame

Jayne Upton Howell Adame, beloved mother, grandmother, educator and stage actress, passed away April 21, 2014 at the age of 78. She is survived by her children Celia Howell Hilton and her husband Tom, and Rachel Adame Anderson and her husband Cuyler, and grandchildren Anthony, Anna, Daniel, Madeline and Maxwell. She was predeceased by another beloved daughter, Madeline Howell Jastrzembski.

Jayne was an alumna of Highland Park High School in Dallas and the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a Kappa Alpha Theta and one of the most popular women leaders on campus. A lifelong champion of equality and civil rights, she was dedicated to the philosophy that all children are capable of great things. She began her career in education teaching English as a second language to 40 students in the hallway of Houston Elementary School. Her strong humanitarian instincts reached their fruition when she became principal of Carlos Rivera Elementary School, where her administrative and leadership abilities impacted teachers and students. She was known for singing to her students – “La Vie En Rose” was a particular favorite of hers. In 2003, she retired after 35 years in education.

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Kathryn Koehler

Kathryn “Kopy” Sara Ponsford Koehler, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and third generation El Pasoan, passed away March 6, 2014 at the age of 86.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Ward, children Paul and his wife Julie, Tom and his wife Carol, Christine Servin and her husband Victor, and Bruce and his wife Lee Ann, and grandchildren Matthew and his wife Elisabeth, and Sarah, Henry, Grant, Victor, Carter, Kristen, Dorothy, Rodrigo, Christian, Lily and Gemma, and sister Marian Shortridge.

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Wiltrud (Trudy) Margaret Hill

Wiltrud (Trudy) Margaret Hill passed away on Dec. 20, 2013. She was born in Frankfurt, Germany on Nov. 28, 1928. Her parents were Friedrich and Anna Krückau. She and her family survived the bombing and difficult living conditions of World War II. 

After the war, she worked for the U.S. Army Air Force, where she met and later married her husband, Newton Hill.

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Joe Mendoza, M.D. 1936-2013

Dr. Joe Mendoza, 77, passed away in his home surrounded by his family on Dec. 26, 2013.

Joe was married to Rose Marie Servin on Nov. 26, 1960. They have five daughters and nine grandchildren. He was born in Chanute, Kan., on Jan. 18, 1936, and was raised in Coffeyville, Kan.

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Maria Hilda Gutierrez 1926-2014

Maria Hilda Gutierrez, 88, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 5, 2014. Mrs. Gutierrez worked for the federal government as a civil servant at the Laredo Air Force Base and for the Drug Enforcement Administration for over 25 years.

She will be especially remembered for her spirit of adventure – a strong, energetic woman who loved music, fishing, bowling and crocheting. Aside from her diverse interest in hobbies, Mrs. Gutierrez enjoyed being with and entertaining her dear friends and mostly her loving family. 

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Mary Kimble 1928-2013

On Dec. 21, 2013, Mary Kimble went home to be with her Lord and Savior. A memorial service was held Dec. 27 at First United Methodist Church in Edmond, Okla.

Mary Weems Kimble was born Aug. 7, 1928 in the Mars Hill community near Summit, Miss., to the late Joe Louis and Angie Havers Weems. She graduated from Mars Hill High School in May 1946 where she excelled scholastically as well as being an accomplished singer. She was the lead vocalist for her school choir.

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Dr. Joe Mendoza 1936 - 2013

Dr. Joe Mendoza, 77, passed away in his home surrounded by his family on Thursday, December 26, 2013.

Joe was married to Rose Marie Servin on November 26, 1960. They have five daughters and nine grandchildren. He was born in Chanute, Kansas, on January 18, 1936. He was raised in Coffeyville, Kansas. It was in Chanute that he experienced poverty and racism. These experiences helped develop his life-long desire to be the voice for those who had none. His passions were serving the community in and around El Paso and those in need, as well as politics, and his beloved UTEP Miners.

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Carlos R. Martinez 1956-2013

Carlos “Charlie” Rodolfo Martinez, 57, a life-long resident of El Paso, went to be with our Lord on Oct. 19, 2013 in West El Paso after a brave fight with numerous illnesses. He was born Aug. 21, 1956 to parents Roldofo Martinez and Rosa Lonza, who survive him.

Charlie is also survived by his son U.S. Army Spec.  Carlos Martinez and his wife Stephanie, granddaughter Amorina Raquel and Debbie Salomon, as well as his sisters Sylvia, Zandra, Debbie, Vangie and Brittanie. 

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Mary Heins 1930-2013

Born Mary Fink in Clarksdale, Miss., to Rose and Joe Fink on Aug. 18, 1930, Mary grew up in the Mississippi Delta, the youngest of four children, preceded in death by brothers Alfred and Milton (Bubba) Fink and sister Helen (Goldberg). Mary moved to Louisville. Ky., at a young age, and after graduating from high school, where she excelled as a student and athlete, went to work to help support her family.

It was there, at age 20, she met Julius (Jay) Heins Jr., the love of her life and her soon to be husband of 63 years, marrying just six weeks after they met. Mary and Jay returned to El Paso in 1950, where Jay would join his father in the restaurant business and Mary would begin to raise a family, go to college, become an educator, author, ambassador of culture and arts for high school students and adults travelling abroad to Europe, the Middle East and China and a driving force within the arts community in El Paso.

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John Quincy Adams 1914-2013

John Quincy Adams passed away on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at the age of 99. John Q. was born in Wilkes County, N.C., on Jan. 1, 1914. 

A longtime resident of El Paso, John Q. had a successful career in real estate. He was active in many civic and social organizations: past president of El Paso Board of Realtors, past president of Alta Vista Optimist Club, past president of El Paso County Sheriff’s Posse, coordinator of S.W. International Livestock Show and Rodeo Parade, life member of El Maida Shriners, life member of the Royal Order of Jesters and past president of Crime Stoppers of El Paso.

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Carmen Anastasia Daley

On Aug. 12, 2013, Carmen Anastasia Daley (nee Zucchelli) passed away at the age of 93.

Born in Wellesley, Mass. to the late Everett and Annie Zucchelli, she graduated from Forsyth as a dental hygienist. In 1946 she married the late Col. Edward J. Daley and spent the next 26 years traveling as a devoted Army wife throughout the United States and Taiwan.

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Ida Koen W. Coldwell 1923-2013

Ida Koen Wesson Coldwell died June 14, 2013 of complications from a hip fracture two weeks earlier.

Ida was born Feb. 23, 1923, in Columbia, S.C., the younger daughter of Ida Martha DeMoss Koen and Henry Schumacher Wesson. Ida, her parents and older sister Emma moved from South Carolina to Nashville, Tenn., where her father was director of organ at Ward-Belmont School. During the summers the family visited maternal grandparents in Pueblo, Colo., and paternal grandparents in Navasota, Texas, where Ida’s great grandfather had founded a cottonseed oil mill.

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Paul Strelzin, 1937 - 2013

El Paso Inc. is saddened to hear that sports icon Paul Strelzin passed away on Saturday, April 27. He leaves behind his wife Darlyne, daughters Sandra, Sara and Laura, and four grandchildren.

We send our condolences to the Strelzin family.

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Frances Catherine Grubbs June 25, 1908-March 6, 2013

Frances Catherine Cook was born on June 25, 1908 in Tennessee Colony, Texas. Far East Texas in 1908 was a far different world from what we know now, but it is where life began for Frances.

Frances witnessed amazing changes during her lifetime. More technological advances were made during the past 105 years than in all previous history combined. When she was born, commercial air travel was still far in the future. The Titanic was not even under construction. Only a few rich people owned automobiles. The most common form of transportation in the country was horse and carriage. Telephones were a novelty used only in the most advanced urban centers, and Tennessee Colony was not among these. People communicated over distances by the ancient art of handwritten letters delivered by the postal service.

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William Goebel Ikard II 1926-2013

William Goebel “Bill” Ikard II was born in Anthony, N.M., on July 16, 1926. Bill graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute and the U.S. Naval Academy.

He was a naval officer with special qualifications as a deep-sea diver, scuba swimmer, bomb and mine disposal specialist and was an early member of the U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Team, the predecessor of today’s Navy SEALS.

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