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Agnes Shreve

Agnes Shreve
August 22, 1975 – August 9, 2008

Remembering Agnes Shreve

Agnieszka Magdalena Jakutowicz was born in the city of Gdansk, Poland. As a beautiful, courageous young woman, she followed her dreams and arrived in America from Hamburg, Germany in 1996.

We all knew her as Agnes Shreve. Agnes spoke fluent Polish and German, and she learned English while acclimating to a new culture and way of life in the United States. She truly loved being here in America and often reminded us how we take our freedom and abundant lifestyle for granted. Many of us remember her speaking passionately about this country, and she was in the process of seeking her U.S. citizenship.

Agnes loved biology and came here to study medicine at UNM. She made a life with James Shreve and his family in Placitas, New Mexico. Later, James and Agnes were married and had two beautiful children, Justin (age nine) and Katherine (age three). Although this was her new home, she never stopped loving her Polish heritage, and she honored it by teaching her children to speak Polish. She visited her family in Europe at least once a year for several months at a time.

Agnes was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, and sister; she was also a loyal friend. She was a kind, generous, and giving person. Agnes worked at the Placitas Elementary School as a substitute teacher and was a regular volunteer. She went on all of Justin’s field trips even when Katherine was a little baby, and was also a Cub Scout Pack Master for a troop in Placitas. Her children were at the center of her life, and her joy and pride in them was obvious to everyone.

Agnes had tremendous inner strength that carried her family through great difficulties during James’s struggle with cancer and untimely death only eight months ago. Family meant everything to Agnes. She gained strength through her devotion to her children and family in Germany and Poland. Her love for them and her deep and abiding faith in God allowed her to persevere without fear or question. Even during this most difficult time of grief and sadness, Agnes remained positive and inspirational to her children and those around her.

Over the years, Agnes made many friends and became a beloved member of our community. Agnes was tragically taken from us in an automobile accident on August 9, 2008, in Placitas, New Mexico, and those of us fortunate enough to know her have been deeply affected by her passing. Agnes’s sister and parents arrived here from Germany and the children are now in their care.

We will always remember her radiance and beauty, her delightful sense of humor, her enthusiastic unrestrained laugh, and her beautiful smile. During this time of grief for our dear friend, it is comforting to see that we are all connected, and Agnes is teaching our community to reach out and console one another.

If you would like to help the family, donations are being accepted at the First Community Bank.

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New Mexico residents have reported receiving Capital One online banking emails advising, “Your Capital One statement is ready.” Recipients are told, “This is not a promotional email,” and are asked to “please call immediately at 1-800-931-1582 regarding recent activity on your Capital One card account.”

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King’s office has been notified that these suspicious emails were not originated by Capital One.

Recipients of this type of email should not respond. Capital One asks consumers to answer only emails sent from valid/secured websites and to only respond to an email from Capital One by typing in the URL or website address. Consumers can verify emails sent by Capital One by forwarding them to Capital One at, and a customer relations representative will respond in writing.

The Attorney General’s office provides information online and at our offices designed to help consumers avoid becoming victims of this and other scams. Consumers may call 1-800-678-1508 for more information or visit



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