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Alexander Cherry Jr.

Services: Have been held.
Alexander Cherry Jr., 67, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2006, in Eagle River, Alaska.
He was born Nov. 1, 1938, in Pittock, Pa., and was a graduate of Tucumcari High School. He served in the U.S. Army and the New Mexico National Guard from 1961 until 1964. He worked for AT&T Corp. for many years in Socorro, Las Cruces and Denver. He moved to Alaska in 1976 where he worked for RCA Alascom in Anchorage and finally for Schuck’s Auto in Eagle River. His family said he loved the outdoors and the Alaskan beauty.
He is survived by his wife, Corine “Corky” Cherry, of Alaska; three children, Patrick, Alex III and Kim, all of Alaska; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three brothers, Bill Cherry, Mike Cherry and David Cherry and one sister, Nancy King.
Following his wishes, his body has been cremated.
The family can be contacted by correspondence with Corky Cherry at 16943 Hanson Dr., Apt C., Eagle River, AK 99577.

Joe Lucero

Services: 1 p.m. on Monday at St. Anne’s Catholic Church.
Joe M. “Mere” Lucero, 71, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2006.
He was born Feb. 19, 1934, in Tucumcari and was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church. He had been active in his business of Lucero and Son’s Construction, Plumbing and Heating Co. He also owned and operated Lucero Rentals.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Remigio and Zenaida Lucero; five brothers, Moises Lucero, Adolfo Lucero, Eloy Lucero, Alfred Lucero and Frank Lucero and two sisters, Anita Lucero and Eloisa Lucero.
He is survived by his wife, Beatrice Lucero, of Tucumcari; two sons, Lawrence Lucero (and wife, Patricia) of Tucumcari, and Ron Lucero (Loretta) of Pueblo, Colo.; two daughters, Evelyn Salas (Larry) of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Cora Lucero (Geno Ulibarri) of Tucumcari; 13 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; two brothers, Albert Lucero of Tucumcari and Don Lucero of Scottsdale, Ariz.
Rosary will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday at St. Anne’s Catholic Church; Monday’s mass will be officiated by the Rev. Fr. Leo Padget and burial will follow in the Tucumcari Memorial Park Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be grandsons Joe Salas, Lawrence Lucero Jr., Frank Salas Jr., Paul Lucero, Patrick Lucero, Mark Salas, Stephen Salas Sr. and Ronnie Lucero Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be granddaughters Davida Salas and Savannah Lucero.
Arrangements are by Dunn Funeral Home of Tucumcari.

Pablo Lucero

Services: 9 a.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Las Vegas, N.M.
Pablo Lucero, 91, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006.
He was born on Jan. 15, 1914, in Garita, N.M., to the late Eziquiel Lucero and Luicita Griego-Lucero.
He served as a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II. His military occupational specialty was Supply NCO 821 and he was awarded the American Defense, Good Conduct, American Theater, Asiatic-Pacific Theater and Victory medals.
He received his master’s degree at New Mexico Highlands University and went on to teach school for 38 years for the San Miguel County schools and the Las Vegas city schools. He was also principal in Ribera for 13 years.
His family said the was a longtime rancher and loved spending time with his family.
A lifelong Catholic, he was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five sisters, Gregorita Estrada, Guadalupe Garcia, Aninfa Garcia, Lucia Chavez and Domitilia Garcia, and three brothers, Amado Lucero, Cruz Lucero and Benerito Lucero.
He is survived by one brother, Josefre Lucero of Denver; two sisters-in-law, Abelina Lucero of Las Vegas, and Maria Lucero of Albuquerque; numerous nephews, nieces, great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and many friends.
A rosary will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. Funeral services will be officiated by Father C. John Brasher; burial will follow at 11:30 a.m. at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe.
Pallbearers will be Cruz Garcia, Abel Lucero, Ruben Lucero, Ted Martinez, Johnny Anaya, and Celestino Lucero.
Viewing hours will be Tuesday at the Rogers Chapel until 5 p.m.
Arrangements are by the Rogers Mortuary of Las Vegas.

Arthur Szaloy

Services: 10 a.m. today at St. Anne’s Catholic Church
Arthur “A.J.” Joseph Szaloy, 78, died Monday, Jan. 9, 2006, in Fresno, Calif.
He was born May 26, 1927, and made California his home since 1998. He was a rancher and loved ranching and raising horses. His family said he was a people person with a good sense of humor who enjoyed telling stories.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Loretta Szaloy; one son, Larry Joe Szaloy, and one brother, Bill Szaloy.
He is survived by one son, Gary Szaloy (and wife, Peggy) of Tucumcari; one daughter, Sharon Franks (Jim) of Lovington; one brother, Lawrence Szaloy of Tucumcari; one sister, Kathryn Herber of Texline, Texas, and three grandchildren.
The Rev. Father Leo Padget will officiate today’s funeral mass; burial will follow in Tucumcari Memorial Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Kirby-Smith-Rogers Funeral Home of Lovington.