Gone but not forgotten
Donald Horton Tennent, loving husband of Helen Standard Tennent, passed away on April 22, 2002 at the age of 78. He is also survived by his four sons, Donald Tennent and wife, Nancy Kirkwood, William Tennent, James Tennent and wife, Pamela, Edward Tennent; and four grandchildren, Jimmy, Jennifer, Drew and Hannah. He was born May 2, 1923, grew up in New York, and joined the U.S. Army Air Force on December 9, 1942. He served as a B24 pilot in the China-Burma theater during World War II. He retired from the Air Force in 1962 and flew civilian aircraft in Hawaii. Later in his career he worked for H&R Block and for the IRS in New Mexico, retiring from the IRS in 1993. He was a member of the Commemorative Air Force, 7th Bomber Group, Experimental Aircraft Association, American Legion, Elks and Quiet Birdmen.
Theodore George Gaiser (Ted) beloved husband, father, papa, brother, uncle, and friend, passed away Saturday, January 28, 2006, at his home after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He never allowed his illness to conquer his loving, playful spirit or prevent him from recognizing each day as a treasure. Ted was born in Texas on November 22, 1957, to Thomas Martin and Mary Ellen Gaiser and lived most of his life in Albuquerque. He leaves behind his mother, Mary; the love of his life, wife, Sandy; son, Heath and wife, Rachel; daughter, Audra; granddaughter, Aubrey; sisters, Tina and Anastasia; brothers, Tom, Tim, and Terry; numerous nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts, brothers- and sisters-in-law; and because he never met a stranger, a diverse group of friends who love him like a brother. Ted was a skilled and conscientious craftsman in a variety of trades including home improvement, construction, steel-working and most recently, planner for Rocky Mountain Stone. A charismatic man of contrasts, with his long red beard, waist-length braid and Viking warrior demeanor, Ted was well suited for his nicknames: Terrible Ted and Vanilla Gorilla. But Ted was also affectionately known as Papa Ted and kindhearted Teddy. He was a man of great charm and tenderness with an undying devotion to his family and friends. Ted was renowned for his twisted and very unpredictable sense of humor that assured laughter wherever he went and sustained those who cared for him in his illness. Multi-talented, resourceful, intelligent, and highly creative, Ted was a fixer of all things broken and collector of all things unique. If there was a lifetime achievement award for Grateful Dead devotee, Ted qualified. He and Sandy met at a Grateful Dead concert and they loved traveling the country to listen to the Dead and other bands. In addition to his love of music and traveling, Ted was an expert on World War II history, old movies and vintage cars.
Lawrence D. Platania died on Thursday, March 1, 2007. He was born on July 28, 1921 in New York, a son of Sebastiano and Giovanna Platania. He married Mary Tavaglione on January 10, 1943. She predeceased him in 1978, also daughter Jody predeceased him on May 5, 1960. Mr. Platania was an Aeronautical Engineer who served in the US Coast Guard and US Army. He was wounded at the Battle of the Bulge and also in Germany, and received two Purple Hearts, The Bronze Star, and the Combat Infantry Badge. He is a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Commemorative Air Force, Holy Name Society, and American Legion Post #99. Survivors include his Son, Ben and Wife, Carol Platania of Albuquerque; grandchildren; Lawrence, Logan, Christian, Adam, Alycia, Symone, and Damian, and two great grandchildren; Destany, and Dominic. Also surviving is one sister; Angela Laterza, New York, along with his loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters; Santa, and Nancy.
Herbert M. Poynter, Lt. Col. U.S.A.F (Ret.), of Albuquerque passed away peacefully on Friday, March 7, 2008, at a local hospital. He was born on January 16, 1929, in Clarksburg, WV, to Henson and Nellie Poynter. He married Retha Savage on September 23, 1950, in Clarksburg, WV. She preceded him in death on March 9, 1996, after 45 years of marriage. Mr. Poynter was a pilot and instructor during the Korean Conflict and The Vietnam War. He was stationed with Strategic Air Command Headquarters, Omaha, NE, where he retired after 23 years of devoted service to his country then located to Albuquerque in 1977 as the franchisee of Godfather’s Pizza in New Mexico and West Texas. During his retirement, he returned to his passion of flight and founded the Lobo Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force in Albuquerque. Surviving is his second wife, Ann Bazan Poynter, of Albuquerque whom he married on August 2, 1997. Also surviving are his daughters, Teresa A. Vierregger and her husband, Roger, of Springfield, NE, Susan A. Meline and her husband, Mike, of Albuquerque; sons, Steven G. Poynter and his wife, Kim, of Albuquerque, Gregory A. Poynter and his wife, Vicky, of Livingston, TX; grandchildren, Mikayla Vierregger and Alyssa Vierregger, Madeline Settle and Cameron Settle, Grant Meline, Jason Poynter, Chrissy Poynter, Angie Poynter, Cede Lindley and Ryne Lindley; brother, Robert Poynter and his wife, Ellen, of Pensacola, FL; as well a numerous friends and family. He was preceded in death by his sister, Madeline Poynter; brothers, Noel and Drexel Poynter.
Scott L. Chamier passed away on September 3, 2009. Scott was born on October 19, 1929 in Patchogue NY. He joined the Army Air Force in 1951. He was honorably discharged as a Major. Scott married Joan (Cinquemani). They recently celebrated 51 years of marriage. Scott was a Captain with American Airlines. Fourteen years ago Scott and Joan retired to Placitas, New Mexico. Scott was active in the local Pilots Club, American Airlines Grey Eagles and the Commemorative Air Force. Scott is survived by his wife Joan, sons Colin, NY; Craig, OH; daughters Aimee Gremmo, NY; Courtenay (Laszlo Sandor), CA; ten grandchildren; and sister Claire Gutman, NY. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Edward.
Donald Aubrey Witschger was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 6, 1925. He passed away peacefully on November 24, 2015 after a valiant battle with multiple cancers. Don served in the Navy Seabee 111th Battalion/Company D/Platoon 6 during WWII. He was part of the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Don retired after 30 years of truck driving for various companies and continued his passion for travel as a full time RV’er with his wife for another 25 years. As an active member in the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Lobo Wing at the Moriarty Airport, he enjoyed helping them restore vintage WWII aircraft. His love of flying was inspired by his Uncle Robert and was passed down to his son and granddaughter, both of whom are pilots. Don was also active with amateur radio and used the call sign KC5VLV. Don’s passion for guns and shooting was shown through his membership in the Zia Rifle and Pistol Club and his hours of reloading ammunition in his shed. Even at 90, he was still a phenomenal shot! Don was preceded in death by Elaine Witschger (Koch), his wife of 60 years, and son Brad Aubrey Witschger. He leaves to mourn his sister, Audrey Teramo; sons, Scott (Maggy) Witschger and Jack (Mary) Ogg; grandchildren, Jennifer and Ryan (Amy) Witschger, Jameson and Eric Ogg; great grandchildren, Logan Witschger, Jackson and Kearsley Ogg; his niece Tina (Larry) Manion; and nephew Todd (Jeri) Teramo. “This is KC5VLV clear and monitoring.”
Capt. (Ret) Walter T. Jackson, age 78, an Albuquerque resident since 1976, died peacefully at home Monday, December 12, 2016 surrounded by his family. Walt was devoted to the Tridentine Latin Mass at San Ignacio Catholic Church for over 20 years and was a lifetime member of the Commemorative Air Force Lobo Wing. He was an avid Boston sports fan and loved his cross-country road trips to New England and numerous military museums. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 42 years, Audrey; sisters, June and Dorothy; and grandson Jared. He is survived by his sister, Evalyn; daughters, Shari and husband, Webster, Kimberly, Teri and husband, Rob, and Stephanie; son, Walter and wife Julia; 22 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Known as “Pops” to everyone, he will be greatly missed.