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By The Staff

Cleo Catherine Speyrer, age 89, a resident of Albuquerque since 1968, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 15, 2008. She is survived by children, Linda Haas and husband Dennis from Albuquerque, and Patricia Graves and husband Thomas from Los Alamos, New Mexico; grandchildren, Matthew Haas, Adam Graves and wife Joseline, Jana Haas, Melissa Graves, and Benjamin Graves; and beloved cat, Hope. Catherine was preceded in death by son Michael Speyrer, and husband Emile Speyrer.

Catherine was involved in Our Lady of Annunciation Women’s Guild, Casa Angelica Auxiliary, Alliance for the Mentally Ill, and Extraordinary Ministry of Holy Communion at Our Lady of Annunciation. Catherine was a gifted, caring, outgoing and very strong woman. She was a true survivor who was able to persevere and stay positive no matter what life threw at her. Her spirit touched everyone who was fortunate enough to know her. She is very loved by her relatives and friends and well be extremely missed.

Rosary will be recited at 4:00 p.m. today, October 19, 2008, at French Mortuary, Wyoming Blvd. Chapel. Mass will be celebrated Monday, October, 20, 2008, at 8:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Annunciation Church, Claremont and Vermont Streets, with Fr. Joseph Kanavallil presiding. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven cemetery.

A reception will be held at Our Lady of the Annunciation in St. Magdalene Hall after interment.

Pallbearers will be Dennis Haas, Thomas Graves, Matthew Haas, Adam Graves, Jana Haas, Melissa Graves, and Benjamin Graves. Friends may visit French Mortuary, at 3:00 p.m. today, October, 19, 2008. Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the New Mexico Animal Humane Association, 615 Virginia St. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. Arrangements by French Mortuary Inc., 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM, (505) 823-9400, www.frenchmortuary.com