gosh we were friends since grade school, and you always had a smile for me
From Patsy aka Patricia Kagan Tobias on August 11th, 2012
Annabell was just one of the funniest characters at Del Norte. She was cute and witty. Annabell was in journalism class with us and on the newspaper staff when Chris Annison was editor and she would come up with the most hilarious staements in class and we woud keel over laughing. She had the most infectious laugh. It is hard to believe she is no longer with us.
From the Missoulian, Missoula Montana April 23, 2000
Albuquerque, N.M. - Art Solon, 50, was born in Rapid City, S.D., on July 6, 1949. A resident of New Mexico since 1966, Mr. Solon died Monday, April 17, 2000.
He is survived by his mother, Joan Solon of Colorado Springs, Colo.; son Michael Solon, daughter Emma Blair Solon, former spouse Brett G. Solon, all of Albuquerque, brothers and sisters David Solon and wife Connie of Colorado Springs, Mary Jo Solon and husband Will Gooden of Las Cruces, N.M., James Solon and wife Elizabeth of Pasadena, Calif., Paul Solon and wife Ann Laurenson of San Francisco, Susan Solon Emmons and husband Michael Emmons of Pueblo, Colo., and Katie Solon-Halbach and husband Andreas Halbach of Vienna, Austria; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Mr. Solon was preceded in death by his father, Pat Solon and brother Michael Solon.
He attended Loyla HIgh School in Missoula and graduated from Del Norte High School in Albuquerque in 1967. Mr. Solon graduated from UNM and the UNM Law School, and practiced law in Albuquerque for many years. He was a loyal supporter of Notre Dame football (Go Irish), as well as an active supporter of Lobo football and basketball. A former American Legion third baseman in Missoula, Mr. Solon coached his son's little league teams.
Mass will be celebrated Tuesday at 10 a.m., at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 4020 Lomas N.E., Albuquerque, with Father Vidal Martinez, Celebrant. Interment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Pallbeares will be David Solon, James Solon, Paul Solon, Matthew Emmons, Michael Solon, Max Halbach and Clovis Acosta. Honoray pallbearers will be Will Gooden, Michael Emmons and Andreas Halbach.
Friends are warmly invided to attend a visitation at French Mortuary, 1111 University Boulevard N.E., in Albuquerque, Monday from 6-8 p.m.
Should friends desire, contributions can be made to any local hospice organization.
what a great guy to hang around with, you`ll always be Cool Hand Luke to me.
From Bill Woodward on December 22nd, 2013
Art's brother Mike was my best friend growning up on Florida street. Art was always a very gracious big brother to Mike and someone I looked up to. Later on in life after the family lost their little brother, Mike, Art kept in touch with me.
In 1967 Art was graduating from Del Norte and Mike and I were starting first grade at Montgomery Elementry.
Chuck although I only knew you our senior year I appreciated the friendship you extended me, being new to Del Norte! Rest in peace for you gave the ultimate sacrifice that fateful day on Sept. 1971 in Vietnam! Your friend and fellow Veteran Ernie Nevada.
Craig Easton Mills, age 61, passed away on July 5, 2010. He is survived by his four children, Marina Ibarra, Arielle Mills, Alima Jimenez and Andrew Mills (the children of Alma Miera); and his four grandchildren, Micasio, Blaise, Theoni, and Katriet; he is also survived by his father Easton Mills, his sister Jan C de Baca, his niece Alicia Sharpe and nephew Chris C de Baca. We all loved and cared for him with all our hearts. Craig was a very talented musician and a passionate collector of guitars and other musical instruments. He spent much of his free time playing music with friends and recording songs. He was also a fine wood craftsman and left behind many beautiful objects that he created by hand. He had a free and peaceful heart with fascination and love for all things spiritual and mysterious. After spending his earlier life in Albuquerque, Craig lived in Columbus, Ohio for twenty years and worked as a craftsman and project manager at Michael Matrka, Inc. for over fifteen years. He returned to Albuquerque in 2007 to be closer to his family. His ashes will be placed in a family niche during a ceremony at Sunset Memorial park.
From Patsy aka Patricia Kagan Tobias on August 11th, 2012
David was such an excellent person. Courteous, thoughtful and articulate. He had an excellent memory. David was in classes with me from McKinley Junior High to Del Norte. He was in Mr. Oest's English class Junior Year and that was a pretty wild ride for all of us. For some reason, David stopped me one day to remind me of a political parody based on Gilbert and Sullvan which I had written in Mr. Doran's 7th grade CORE class. I didn't even remember it but that was the way David was, never boastful but always remembering others. Always considerate. He died in 1970, too young and is buried at Sunset Memorial Park on Menaul. Rest in Peace, David.
Debbie, I can't believe you are gone. Doesnt seem right as you had much more to give not just as a psychologist but also as an artist. I well remember you from Campfire girls in the 4th grade all the way through Del Norte. Always so sweet, kind and thoughtful.Rest in Peace, dear Debbie.
Deborah Jeanne (Potts) Harrington, wife of 1967 Senior Class President, Tom Harrington passed away 7-6-2014. I know we all join in sending Tom our most sincere condolences for the loss of his souldmate, Debbie.
Age, 60, died Sunday July 6, 2014. Debbie graduated from Del Norte High School in 1971 and was a devoted wife and mother. She was a creative and talented painter and maker of crafts. Debbie had a great interest in the welfare of animals and a heart filled with love for all of the young people who were a part of her life. Debbie is survived by her husband of almost 42 years, Tom Harrington; her children, Thomas Harrington and Christina Harrington, all of Albuquerque. She is also survived by many beloved family members including aunts, uncles, nieces, nephew, in-laws, cousins and friends, including many young people who looked to her as a second mom, a position she dearly loved. Debbie was preceded in death by beloved parents, Frank and Barbara Potts. A funeral service was held Friday, July7 11, 2014 at French, University. Private interment took place at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd NE. For those who wish, doncations may be made in Debbie's memory to Animal Humane Associateion of New Mexico, 9132 Montgomery Blvd NE 87111. Please viist the French online guestbook for Debbie at: www.FrenchFunerals.com
WOODARD - Dennis Eugene Woodard, 49, a resident of Socorro for 24 years, passed away on Thursday, August 20, 1998. He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Debbie Woodard; daughter, Gina Woodard-Kasky; son, Joel Woodard; grandchildren Justin and Katie Kasky; mother, Gretchen Woodard-Sowards; sister, Patricia Nagy; and brother Ronald Woodard. Dennis grew up in Albuquerque, graduated from the University of New Mexico and later, became a graduate of Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, IL. Dennis used his education in the capacity of ordained Minstry, touching the lives of many of us. He devoted his life to missionary work in the Rio Grande Valley, serving with the American Missionary Fellowship. Dennis was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather, and we will miss his warmth and support. He left us to be with his Savior Jesus Christ. Services will be held Monday, 10:00 a.m. at Grace Church, 6901 San Antonio NE, with Pastor Tom Nagy and Rev. Gregg Horst officiating. Internment will follow at Sandia Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made in memory of Dennis Woodard to American Missionary Fellowship, 672 Conestoga Rd., P.O. Box 368, Villanova, PA 19085. French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE
I went to the Senior Prom with Dennis! What a gentleman he was and he went on to lead a very Godly life. I have since met his wife who does missionary work in New Mexico.
From Barbara Trujillo on July 1st, 2012
I most remember Dennis' Halloween costume at McKinley Jr. High when he came as a Martian dressed in green tights. How fun! He always had the most incredible smile.
From tom pearson on July 2nd, 2012
Dennis we grew up together, but I`ll always remember laughing til we had tears in our eyes in Mr Johsons history class
From Gary Wolfe on July 21st, 2012
Dennis was one of the first kids I met at Bel-Air Elementary when I moved to Albuquerque in the second grade . We became close friends and remained so until his death. We spent many hours together on the baseball diamond, and were also study buddies. After college, Dennis was called to the Christian ministry and spent the remainder of his life, along with his wife Debbie, as a missionary in rural hispanic communities of southern New Mexico. Over the years, Dennis had a positive influence on hundreds of young people's lives.
RIP my friend.
From Donald Campbell on August 9th, 2012
I knew Dennis from the first day of first grade, until our graduation at Del Norte. He was always fun to be around and great at any sports or games that were being played. He went on to be a powerful influence in the lives of so many.
From Phil Morris on February 19th, 2013
I was only at Del Norte in 1964-5 my soph year and part of the junior year. I remember Dennis from wrestling. We were both in the same weight class and wrestled a lot against eachother. RIP and God Bless his family.
Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Wednesday June 26, 2013
MOBLEY, EVELYN A. age 63, passed away on Saturday, June 22nd, 2013. She was born on October 23, 1949 in Albuquerque, NM to the late Euel and Lorine Arms. She was an office administrator for Kolb, Stewart & Associates and was a member of Albuquerque Revival Church. She graduated from Del Norte High School in 1967. She enjoyed music, gardening, collecting pottery, and spending time with family. Evelyn is survived by her husband Gene of 44 years; daughters Mackenzi and Kasey Mobley; brothers Ernie and Jerry Arms; sisters Doris Smith, Kathy Arms, and Judy Rotzoll; and her many nieces, nephews, and extended family members. Services will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, June 29th at Albuquerque Revival Church, 124 Texas St NE, Albuquerque, NM 87123. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society at: www.cancer.org/donate
i remember that night coming home from Santa Fe you passed our team bus. a few miles ahead of us a tradgedy happened..we all missed you
From Barbara Trujillo on July 2nd, 2012
I remember you asked me to ride with you and Art, but since my mother didn't know you, she didn't let me go. I'm so sorry.
From Art Serrano on July 13th, 2012
My first introduction to grief and loss was on that fateful night. Just grateful that Royeen and Philann weren't with us on that leg of our trip and especially that Jim B. (the 'Jet') couldn't make it that night - that would have been too much. Being young and stupid eventually passes ... you're not forgotten, Gene.
Kline - Gerald P. Age 62, a longtime resident of Tijeras, NM, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 22, 2012. Gerald was born in McNary, AZ on October 15, 1949, the son of Sosteno and Fela (Padilla) Kline. He was a graduate of Del Norte High School and entered the New Mexico Air National Guard where he retired as a Master Sargent. After retirement, he worked at UNM for six years. He was a single dad until meeting his soul mate, Nancy, of 25 years. Gerald is survived by his wife, Nancy of Tijeras; parents Sosteno and Fela of Albuquerque, NM; children, Anthony and wife, Vanessa of Albuqueruqe, NM, Christopher and his daughter Rachel of Corrales, NM, the child of his heart, Marissa, brother, Michael of Albuqueruqe, NM; adopted nephew Mason Knight; his lifelong buddies, Gil Jacquez, Jake Aragon, and the Blue Lite Force. He is also survived by six grandkids, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and by Nancy''s family - all of whom miss him terribly. Gerald was preceded in death by his grandparents; brother Sosteno, Jr; and nephew Marc Kline. Rosary will be recited Thursday, January 26, 2012 starting at 9:30 a.m. with Mass to be celebrated immediately following at 10:00 a.m. at Queen of Heaven Parish, 5311 Phoenix Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Interment will take place on Friday, January 27, 2012 promptly at 8:45 a.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, NM. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, to obtain adequate preventative medical care. Gerald would not want anyone to suffer and to live life to its fullest. To view information or leave a condolence please visis: www.Remembertheirstory.com.
Mary Eugenia "Gina" Miera Barker, 54, a life-long resident Albuquerque, died Thursday, September 18, 2003. She is survived by her mother, Dell Baca Miera; sister, Loretta Miera Huenefeld and her husband, LeRoy and their children, Kristy and Jami; Aunt, Josina Chimenti; Lena and her children, Ronald, Debbie, and Ann ; and many other cousins. She also leaves behind her beloved dog and companion, Georgie. She was preceded in death by her father, Joe S. Miera; sister, Agnes "Amy" Ireland; and nephew, Jeremy Joseph Huenefeld. Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 23, 2003 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Haines Chapel, 5709 Haines Ave. NE. In lieu of flowers, it was Gina's wish that Teddy Bears be brought to the service, so that they may be donated to the Albuquerque Police Department for their Buddy Bear program, which provides bears for children in trauma situations. French Mortuary 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE.
Helen Dobell, beloved and highly respected Physical Education teacher at Del Norte HS, passed away this past Valentine’s Day at the age of 93. I remember her as teacher who commanded respect but who also had a ready smile and a heart of gold. It must have been a tough day-to-day job to corral and teach a bunch of giggly, uncoordinated (me) and distracted girls the fine arts of physical education. I’m afraid it didn’t take for me, though I enjoyed her classes and her sense of humor. And on her part, she had to deal with me for 6 years as she was also at Monroe Junior High School. Imagine her relief upon my graduation! At the time of her death, Mrs. Dobell was living in Missoula, Montana and was 93 years old.
Mrs. Dobel’s daughter, also named Helen, recently reminisced about how her mother had loved being a part of Del Norte’s beginnings. She commented that her mother had had such fun helping to bring the school to life. A good friend of hers and fellow teacher, Judy Love, also mentioned her role in deciding the school colors were to be black and turquoise, rather than the orange and black preferred by Mr. Hoback. Perish the thought! In addition, she won the contest to name the yearbook. The Pavilion was a brilliant idea on her part. It endures, as do the precious memories of Helen Dobell.
Please take a minute to send a tribute and to let others know so they might do so as well.
How many of you remember the co-ed Square Dance unit that Mrs Dobell worked into the PE curriculum? She and her husband were active in the New Mexico Square Dance community and she made sure we had maximum opportunity to catch the square dance bug while we were at Del Norte! I personally did not catch the bug but while at Univ of Fla had a class where Square Dance was part of the curriculum. The instructor played one of the recordings that Mrs Dobell taught us. The recording was used as an example of what a really complex square dance was like - not something we were going to attempt during the class. The instructor had no idea how to do the dance. I got a slam-dunk A in the class by showing the instructor how to do the dance. I never thought I would appreciate that part of our PE curriculum but learned through this experience one of those life-lessons ---'never say never'!
I also had Mrs. Dobell as a teacher for 6 years (Monroe Jr High + Del Norte). I second Claudia's great comments. She was unique from may of her peer female PE teachers in regard to the high professional standard she maintained in how she dressed and how she performed her duties as a teacher. She was ahead of her time.
Class of 1967
From Pat Kagan Tobias on July 13th, 2014
Hi Knights ! I recall Mrs Helen Dobell quite well. She and Ms. Linda Estes were a team of women's coaches who taught us Physical Education 1964-65, the first year Del Norte was open. Team teaching was encouraged by Mr. Hoback. Both coaches were excellent athletes, quite enthusiastic and inspiring but different in their manner---Mrs Dobell was tall, had dark reddish hair which was styled. She had a quiet voice and a compassionate aspect to her personality whereas Ms Estes had blonde hair cut in a chili-bowl style and was quite peppy and had a loud voice.Our class got off to a slow start as the women's gym was not yet ready. As long as we were able to go outside we were OK---we ran track and learned archery. We "dressed out" in our ugly APS regulation blue gymsuits with our names embroidered on the back and front pocket and classic white tennis shoes and socks. I am sure we girls smelled somewhat after exercise as we had no showers or lockers. After the girl's gym was ready, one day it was a victim of arson. The equipment burned, lockers were damaged and whatever was in them, including our horrible gymsuits , were burned up too. Rather than make us all buy new gymsuits, which would have been a financial hardship for some students, Mrs. Dobell and Ms Estes found other sports for us to learn. I remember they hauled out jump ropes both short and long and we exercized to the jump-rope rhymes of our childhood. We also practiced gymnastics and basketball, at which Mrs. Dobell excelled. One of our students, a junior, was already married----very unusual at the time. She didn't work out with us but earned her grade with other duties such as getting fresh towels and getting some equipment. I belatedly realized that she was being protected from the possibility that she might be pregnant and vigorous exercise might cause her to miscarry. Those were different times, but easier to live through with caring teachers like Mrs. Dobell and Ms. Estes.
Patsy Kagan Tobias
Class of 1967
When I was a junior at DN, I thought Jacque was the coolest girl ever. She was witty, smart, model beautiful...and always friendly and kind. I am so sad to learn that she is no longer with us. I will always remember her positive influence and perfect "cheerleader" personality.
I remember Jim's first day at DNHS. He was very smart & had a wicked sense of humor. He was from El Paso and therefore knew everything about everything. Jim, Larry Koester & I spent many a weekend together running around in Jim's powder blue Ford. Jim prefered to stay under-the-radar but had some great parties at his parent's house (they traveled a lot). He taught me one of my first Spanish phrases..."Cuba Libre." I heard he passed away just a few years after graduation. I'll always remember his laugh.
I just learned about the passing of two friends, Orlando Martinez and Joe Polaco. Also, lots of memories of the crazy times during high school with Joe, Orlando, Dennis, Gary and all of the others. I have sadness in my heart for both Orlando and Joe. My prayers are with the both of you. Rest in Peace, Joe. Toby
From tom pearson on July 2nd, 2012
Joe went through all our public schooling together , and i remember the golden gloves tourneys
I just found out by reading all the memorials that Linda is no longer with us. My heart breaks. Linda was so much fun to be around and always had a smile on her face. Linda and George were great friends of mine. I look forward to seeing her in heaven one day.
From Phil Morris on February 19th, 2013
I remember Linda from 1964-5 when we were in Coach Nesbit's English Class. That was homeroom and she was our Student Council Rep. Very sweet girl.
Marianne and I were good friends and shared Mrs Skupaka's English class together. We shared our goals and dreams and just generally laughed a lot. She told me she was going to get married to her long time boyfriend when she graduated (she did too!). Thru the years when I would hear Van Morrison's "Brown eyed girl" on the radio It reminded me of her. She was a bright light with a beatiful smile and I was sad to hear of her passing many years ago.
At the age of 64, Marilyn lost her battle with lung cancer and passed on February 17th in Las Vegas, NV. Many will remember Marilyn as the owner of Butterfly Tree Child Care Center, which she designed and owned for years. Marilyn is survived by her mother, Margaret McGee, her siblings, Kathy, Jim and Marie, husband Mark Waggoner, her grown children Pam and husband Eugene, Major and wife Katie, Michael and wife Kelly, Valerie and fiance John, her adored grandchildren Sarah, Megan, Orion, Breyden, and her dog, Tasha. She eventually retired as a successful real estate broker. Marily was fun, quick-witted, and a compassionate wife, mom, daughter, sister, aunt, mother-in-law, cousin and mentor to so many. Her uncanny ability to relate stories with humor and history awed us all. Marily was preceded in death by her father, James (1981) and sister Allene (2000). Mark, the children, and her Albuqueruqe family thank everyone for all of the kind and thoughtful gestures.
So many memories of Mark, Chris Roberts, Eric Johnston, and myself doing almost everything together during our Jr. High years at McKinley ... being 'cool' in our black trenchcoats; walking for miles to this or that girl's house on bitter cold winter nights; smoking cigarettes (gasp); playing basketball; and mostly, laughing about the absurdity of the world as we knew it! And although our circles of friends and interests expanded, we stayed good friends at Del Norte as well as during college. Even though I never could get him to admit Michigan sucked, I was sorry to hear of his passing. RIP Rabbit.
Although I was not really a friend of Randy's, I will never forget that he showed me only kindness and smiles when our paths crossed. He was the epitome of "cool" in those days and watching him stroll the halls was something to see! He had so many friends and I know he will be greatly missed.
Randy Bush was born February 25, 1949 and lived all his life in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He passed from this life on October 12, 2013, after a dignified and courageous battle against pancreatic cancer, which was fought along side of his wife and best friend of 26 years, Leslie Des Georges Bush. Randy was an elegant, gentle spirit, who was faithful and nurturing to all who met him. Randy was charismatic, charming, and a true gentleman. His contagious laughter brought joy to everyone in his presence. He was a devoted son to his mother, Mary Ann; a loyal and always supportive brother to his sister and three brothers; he was a role model and true hero to his nieces and nephews, with whom he unselfishly shared insight, unconditional love and support; he was never judgmental with his friends; and he was an inspiration to his business associates, employees and colleagues. Randy had many business interests - he owned the Nob Hill Cafe (now Scalo) and was the owner of Clayton Construction Inc., which provided commercial construction services to Fortune 500 companies. He was a great cook, an avid golfer, and a passionate racer of Legend Cars. Most of all, he was a loving, constant and devoted husband to Leslie. Special gratitude is extended to niece Bree, brother Cary, dear friends Buck, Joline, Clar, Peggy, Kerry, Bruce, Chip, Penny, Paula and Mark for their loving presence and support during his illness. May peace that surpasses all understanding be with you as you remember his life. If was Randy's last wish that a public memorial service not be held and that his wife, Leslie, plan a private service at a later date. Instead to honor Randy's memory, please consider donating to a cause which was dear to him: Animal Humane Scoiety of New Mexico, 615 Virginia SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. To view informatin or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com.
Bud was a great friend who was always there to quaff a beer and discuss our adolescent philosophies of life. I will miss not being able to sit down with him and to see how different our views of life are now.
From the Albuquerque Journal August 7, 2012
Schilling, William "Bill" D. Age 63, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, NM, embarked on his next journey to spread his good nature and sense of humor to those in Heaven on Sunday, August 5, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Frances Schilling of Albuquerque; his children, Keith Schilling and wife Diane of Blacklick, OH, Kelly Taylor and husband, Zane of Phoenix, AZ, Justin Schilling and wife, Jamie of Albuquerque, Stephanie Francis and husband, David of Indianapolis, IN, and Staci Engle of Albuquerque; nine grandchildren, Makayla, Riley, Holden, Talan, Kayleigh, David, Chase, Alexa and Kaela; siblings, Larry Schilling and wife, Sherry of Decorah, IA, Phyllis Carter of Albuquerque, Gloria Thurman of Albuquerque, Carolyn Nunnally and husband, Ken of Albuquerque and Time Schilling and wife, Carol of Albuquerque; as well as numberous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. Bill was preceeded in death by his parents, Bud and Althea Schilling; sister, Rita Sanchez and brother-in-law, John Sanchez. He was a graduate of Del Norte High School in Albuquerque, class of 1967. Bill honorably served his country in the Army in Vietnam. He enjoyed a long career in heavy equipment sales with Border Machinery, Rust Tractor/Wagner Company and most recently Choice Steel Company. Bill looked forward to starting each day by having coffee with his Dunkin Donuts clan on 4th Stree. He touched countless people's lives with his humor and generosity and he leaves behind a legacy of fond memories and laughter. Whether he was Bill, Dad, Papa or Ca Ca, he will always be remembered in our hearts and he will be deeply missed. A reception to celebrate Bill's life will be held on Thursday, August 9, 2012, at the French-Westside Chapel from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please share your stories of Bill at: www.RememberTheirStory.com.