Obituaries

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LUCERO – Dennis Alex Lucero, Sr. Dennis went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, at UCI – Medical Center in Orange, California.
 

He was surrounded by his loving family including his wife and best friend of 35 years, Dyan Lucero.    He passed away peacefully after a six month battle with stomach cancer.  Dennis enjoyed golf, hunting, and the Los Angeles Lakers, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family.   Dennis was born on May 27, 1944 in Magdalena, New Mexico.  He is also survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Nicole & Todd Mendez, son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Kim King, son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Esmeralda Lucero, and son, Dennis Jr, and his fiance, Reiana Rogers.  He is also survived by the nine joys of his life, also known as his grandchildren: Madeline, Samuel and Katherine Mendez, Jovanny and Luis Pacheco, Natasha Lucero, Jakob Tucker, and Derek and Landon Lucero.   He is also survived by his brother, Nick Sais and sister, Jill Salome and his bonus brother, Pat Lewis.  He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Rumaldo and Carlotta Lucero-Salome. Dennis’ ashes will be placed at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico in the Summer 2012. LOPEZ – Adela S., 94, passed away peacefully Thursday, November 24, 2011 surrounded by her family. She was born May 8, 1917 to Gabriel and Plajeres (Luna) Silva, in Socorro, NM. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 60 years, Herman Lopez, her daughter, Helen Lopez, son, Damacio (Jr.) Lopez, her sisters, Masie Ramon and Vicki Gonzales, and her brothers, George Silva, Nick Silva, and Pete Silva, her daughter in law Lila Lopez, and her brother in law, Johnny Gallegos. Adela is survived by her loving sons, Olivio Lopez, Steve Lopez, Eddie Lopez, and David Lopez (Irene), her devoted daughters,Carmen Valenzuela (Ted), Patsy Zamora (Raymond) and Sally Moreno (Pete), many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren, her brothers, Mike Silva (Rosemary), Ernie Silva (Jenny), her sisters, Amelia Gallegos, Betty Sarate (Stanley), and Cecilia Zamora (Candy). Adela was a lifelong resident of Socorro. She enjoyed making arts and crafts, sewing, crocheting and was especially talented with beadwork. Adela enjoyed spending time with her family. AVisitation will take place Monday, November 28, 2011, from 9:00 am-10:00 am at Daniels Family Funeral Services – Socorro Chapel. A Rosary will be recited also on Monday, November 28, 2011, at 10:00 am at Daniels Family Funeral Services – Socorro Chapel with a Memorial Celebration following at 10:30 am with Deacon Mike Ybarra officiating. Interment will take place at San Miguel Catholic Cemetery following services. Pallbearers will be Michael Arvizu, Leroy Lopez, Patrick Zamora, Andrew Zamora, Christopher Lopez, and Sammy Lopez. Honorary Pallbearers are Patrick Lopez, Anthony Lukesh, Joseph Arvizu, Carl Lukesh, Danny Valenzuela, and Ronnie Lopez. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions and donations may be given in Adela’s honor at Wells Fargo Bank of Socorro, 501 N. California, Socorro, NM 87801, (575)835-2410. To view service information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Adela’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, New Mexico, 87801. 575-835-1530
GRIEGO – Eugenia (Grandma Jean) Griego, 93, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 in Socorro, NM She was born on October 24, 1918 to Seferino and Esquipola (Garcia) Baca, in Socorro , NM. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Manuel Griego Sr., her son Manuel Griego Jr., her brother Roger Baca, her sister Maria Garcia, and grandson Billy Griego. Eugenia is survived by her son, Willie Griego and wife Emily of Rio Rancho, NM, her daughter, Terry Peralta and husband Connie of Socorro; her daughter, Marian Ornelas and husband Sid of Albuquerque, NM; her son, Tony Griego of Rio Rancho, NM; and her son, Jimmy Griego of Socorro; 18 grandchildren, 43 great grandchildren, and 22 great great grandchildren. A Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 9:00 am at the San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro with Rosary to follow at 10:00 am. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:30 am with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment will be in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers are Carlos Ornelas, Michael Connie Peralta, Casey Griego, Shane Silva, James McNeil and Vincent Tafoya Jr. To view service information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Eugenia’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, New Mexico, 87801. 575-835-1530

OBITUARIES
 
ADAMS – Roger Allen Adams, 71, of Summerfield, Okla. (for­merly of Heavener) passed away Monday, February 1, 2010. He was born December 22, 1938 in Mountainair, NM to John Quincey and Lexie (Beaty) Adams and was a Heavener resident since 1980. He was a retired Transportation Di­rector of the Heavener School, a Vietnam Veteran, of the Baptist faith and a 32 degree Mason. Memorial Services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 4, 2010, at First Baptist Church in Heavener, under the direc­tion of Dowden Funeral Home of Heavener. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, JoAnn Lee (Baker) Adams; one daugh­ter, Julie Grizzle and hus­band Terry, of Poteau; two sons, Brian Adams and wife Kristina, of Heavener, Curtis Adams and wife Tina, of Pocola, Okla.; two sisters, Betty Paine, of Socorro, New Mexico, Viki, of Wash­ington State; two brothers, Johnny Adams, and Robert Adams, both of Socorro, New Mexico; six grandchil­dren; numerous other rela­tives and loved ones and a host of beloved friends.
 
AGUILAR –  George R. Aguilar,  72, a long time resident of San Antonio, NM, passed away on Oct. 19, 2011. George was preceded in death by his wife Ida; his parents, Valente and Inei Aguilar; and brother Lorenzo Aguilar. He is survived by his daughters: Vicky and her husband Joe Gonzales; Inez and her husband Jeff Davis; daughter Tina; his brother Pablo and his wife Canda; his brother Luis and his wife Joyce, his sister Lupe and her late husband Francisco Montoya, his sister Priscilla and her late husband Paul Montoya. He had 11 grandchildren Joseph, George, Charity, Josh, Caleb, Isaiah, Elizabeth, Shekinah, Hadassah, Nathanial and Naomi; 11 great-grandchildren Xavier, Damian, Jeanette, Elena, Esperanza, Malachi, Eli, James, Miranda, Josiah, and Jasenia; many other relatives and friends. He loved the Lord Yeshua and was a great believer. He and his wife had a great ministry in the Lord. Services were held Friday in Bosquecito at his farm and his internment was held in Luis Lopez. We would like to thank Dr Treybal, New Mexico Cancer Center, Socorro Eagles Club, Los Carnales/La Familia Motorcycle club, Elan Academy and all the people who made donations in the help to fight cancer that our father waged. We would like to thank all the friends and family that came and showed us their love. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the New Mexico School for the Deaf, Attn: Keri-Lynn McBride, 1060 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87505 for the George and Ida Aguilar scholarship award.
 
AGUILAR – Jason Lee Aguilar, 23, passed away at his home in Lemitar on December 6, 2009. He was born to Michelle Chavez and Antonio Aguilar on August 22, 1985. He is survived by his sons Xamian and Xadrian Daniel Lee Aguilar of Socorro; sisters Amanda Chavez, Jennifer Aguilar, Justeen Martinez, Jayleen Martinez, Justice Martinez, and Jada Martinez; brothers Chris Chavez, Mike Chavez, Ditto Chavez, Kendrick Robinson, Antonio Aguilar and Kyle Aguilar, along with many other relatives and friends. Memorial services will be held Sunday, December 13 at KC Hall in Socorro  beginning at 1 pm.
 
ALEGRIA – Rita Martin Alegria, Sept. 28, 1931- July 22, 2010 Rita went home to be with the Lord peacefully. She was born Sept. 28, 1931 to Andres and Libradita (Gonzales) Gallegos of Socorro, N.M. and later moved to Sunnyvale, C.A. She is survived by her husband, Richard Alegria, Sons; Hal Stuart, Jesse, Ron, and Frank Mar t in, and daughter Glor ia Ocanas, brothers, Larry, Luciano, and Dennis Gallegos, all of Socorro, N.M.; sisters, Nellie Cardiel and Rosie Calvillo of Sunnyvale, C.A., and Gloria Thais, of Socorro, N.M. Grandchildren Frank Jr, Ron Jr, Richard Jr, Sarina, Sean, Jesse Jr, Danielle, Thomas, Victoria, Maddy and Steven, Great-Grandchildren Alyssa, Marissa, Sophia, and Lily, Children in-laws Richard Sr, Terry and Marian, Grandchildren in-laws Shanell, Jamie, and Carlos. Her generous and loving spirit will be greatly missed. Her final resting home will be scattered at sea.

ALOWAY – Joseph Henry Aloway, 86, passed away Thursday, March 25, 2010 at his home in Socorro, NM. Joseph was born on September 23, 1923 in Memphis, Tennessee, to Henry W. and Cora (Downs) Aloway. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Georgia Ruth (Flowers) Aloway of Socorro; his son, Jim Aloway and wife, Cheryl Lu of Summerville, SC; his daughter, Genneva Aloway of San Jose, CA;  his grandchildren, Michelle S Easterwood of Joshua Tree, CA; Dante J. Aloway of 29 Palms, CA; and Heather R. Martin of Boulder, CO; and his 7 great grandchildren. Joseph taught Metallurgy 101 to New Mexcio Tech Students. A Memorial Service will be held on  Saturday, April 3, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at The First Baptist Church in Socorro with Rev. Bob Farmer. Lunch will be served and fellowship will follow service. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575) 835-1530.

ALVARADO – German De La Cruz Alvarado, 67, passed away Thursday, September 29, 2011 in Socorro, NM. He was born May 28, 1944 to Agapito Robles and Guadalupe (De La Cruz Esquivel) Alvarado in Gomez Placio, Durango, Mexico. German was a resident of Socorro since 1981. He was a hard worker and was very dedicated and loyal to his family and friends. He loved farming, it was his life. He was preceded in death by his parents. German is survived by his wife, Marie Alvarado; his son, Rueben Alvarado Mendoza; his daughter, Angela Alvarado; his step daughters, Sandra Ayala, Claudia Lopez, and Erica Lopez; his step sons, Osvaldo Lopez, and Eddie Lopez; grandchildren, Edgar Lopez, Eliza Lopez, Natalie Lopez, and Felipe Romero; great grandsons, Miguel Juan Armendariz, and Jyzzel Perito; 12 other grandchildren; and his good friend and employer, Abigail Judy (Bill) Armendariz of Socorro, NM. A Visitation will take place Tuesday, October 4, 2011, from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm at Daniels Family Funeral Services – Socorro Chapel followed by a Rosary, which will be recited at 7:00 PM. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. at San Miguel Catholic Church with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment will take place in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. To view service information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com German’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, New Mexico, 87801. 575-835-1530.
 
ANAYA – Pete A. Anaya Sr., 76, of Magdalena, N.M. passed away at his home on January 17, 2011. Pete was born on July 8, 1934 in Magdalena, NN to Blas and Victoria (Piño) Anaya. Pete was a lifetime resident of Magdalena, NM. He was a truck driver for Freight Trucking. Pete was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his companion, Eva Ellerman of Magdalena, NM; sons, Robert Billa of MO, Ronald Billa and his wife Jackie of Magdalena, NM and Donald Billa and his wife Gloria of Bosque Farms, NM; sisters, Inez Anaya-Farrare of Canyon Country, CA; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. There will be no services as cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted to: Harris-Hanlon Mortuary, “Our Family Serving Your Family”. 505-832-6130.www.Harris-HanlonMortuary.com

APACHE – Anna Marie Apache Smiley, age 49, a resident of Alamo passed away on Tuesday, October 4, 2011. She is preceded in death by her sister Margarie, brother Jimmy, and granddaughter Qila Klynn. Anna is survived by her three daughters, Angelica Apache, Quintara Smiley, and Monissa Smiley; her parents, Nelson and Bessie Apache; brothers, Johnson and wife Hyecha Apache; Ricky and wife Connie Apache; sisters, Mary Ann Lee and husband Peter; Geraline Russell; Margie Apache and husband Melvin; Lavell and Charles. She has five grandchildren, Kalgentina Ganadonegro, Bravin Ganadonegro, Dreyvis Ganadonego, Harriet Apachito, and Verreck Apachito. She has 31 nieces and nephews. Services will be on October 11, 2011 at the First Baptist Church in Alamo, NM at 11:00 am. Pallbearers will be Ambrose Begaye, Cyrus Lee, Cy Lee, Landon Apache, Thiamen Apache, Ravis Henry, Devane Henry. Honorary Pallbearers are Nelson Apache, Johnson Apache, Ricky Apache, and Charles Josley. Officiating is reverend Andrew Begaye. Arrangements are being handled by Salazar and Sons Funeral Home, Albuquerque, NM.
 
APACHE – Josephine M. Apache, 89, passed on Saturday, March 20, 2010 at her home in Alamo, NM. She was born April 19, 1920 in Datil, NM to Jose and Marie Monte. She worked as a Nurse’s Aide at Socorro General Hospital until retiring. She is preceded in death by her husband, Jim Apache Sr.; her two sons: Albert D. Apache and Jimmy Apache Jr.; and brother, Elijah T. Apache. She is survived by her son, Dick Apache and wife, Jackey of Indiana; daughters: Nan Geiselhofer and husband, Steve; Emily Apache; Margie Apache and husband, Bob; and Ollie Robles and husband, Raynaldo, all of Albuquerque, NM; and Brett Smithwich of Alamo; sister, Frances Apache of Socorro; 19 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren. Services will be held on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Alamo Baptist Church in Alamo, NM with Jonathan Vicente officiating. Burial will be in the UFO Cemetery. Pallbearers are Albert T. Apache, Steven Geiselhofer, Stephen Geiselhofer, Raynaldo Robles, Junior Cleveland and Jim Willis. Honorary Pallbearers are Gary Geiselhofer and Samuel Stentshaw. Arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM. 87801.  (575)835-1530

APACHITO — Mary Dolores Apachito, 65, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2009 in Albuquerque, NM. She was born July 5, 1944 in Magdalena, NM to Frank and Tila (Gutierrez) Taylor. She is preceded in death by her son, James Apachito and her parents. She is survived by her daughters: Jooba Piasso of Albuquerque; and Nizhoni Apachito of Alamo, NM; brother, Frank Taylor of Roswell, NM; sister, Ruth Ann Gomez of Magdalena; step-sisters: Rhoda Greenfield and Ione Torres, both of Albuquerque; grandchildren: Cera Apachito, Collin Ration, Mariah Nation, Kaland Ration, Carlos Ration, Rhavyn Ration, Alexander Torres and Nikole Torres. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2009 at the Alamo Baptist Church in Alamo, NM with Violet Vicente officiating. Burial will be in the UFO Cemetery in Alamo. Pallbeareres are Facio Gomez, Frank Taylor, Pico Taylor, Jordan Piasso, Kirk Piasso, Collin Ration and Dean Apachito. Arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM. 87801, 575-835-1530.
 
ARAGON – Adolpho “Fito” Aragon, 77, passed away on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at his home in Magdalena, NM. He was born June 02, 1932 in Polvadera, NM to Elifas and Andelina Aragon. He is a lifelong rancher and cowboy, known for his rodeo talent and horse training abilities. He is preceded in death by his parents; his grandson, Rowdy Aragon; brothers and sisters: Isidro Aragon, Lorenzo Aragon, Milo Aragon, Lala Adame, Hilda Cronk and Tony Aragon. Fito is survived by four children: Adolph Aragon Jr. and wife, Patty of Grants, NM; Cynthia Aragon Stanaland and husband, Jim; Allen Aragon and Alex Aragon, all of Albuquerque, NM; six grandchildren: Chap Aragon, Riley Aragon, Nicklaus Stanaland, Spencer Stanaland, Angelo Aragon and Angela Aragon; one sister, Carnation Armijo of Albuquerque; and numerous nephews and nieces. A Rosary will be recited on Monday, September 7, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Magdalena with Funeral Mass immediately following. Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment will be in the Magdalena Cemetery. A gathering of friends and family will take place at the parish hall immediately following the services. Arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. 575-835-1530.
 
ARAGON – Manuel C. Aragon, 80, passed away peacefully on February 8, 2011 in Socorro, NM. Manuel was born on June 17, 1930 in Socorro, to Andres and Estella (Martinez) Aragon. He is survived by his loving daughters, Lydia Aragon Pineda and husband, Santiago; and Theresa Aragon Chavez and husband, Bernie; his devoted sons, Ray Aragon and wife, Maryanne; and Bobby Aragon and wife, Mary; 14 grandchildren; 31 great grandchildren; one sister, Alvita Aragon; and many nieces and nephews. Manuel was a lifelong resident of Socorro. He was a hard working man and jack of all trades. He was very skilled at fixing almost anything. He enjoyed upholstery work and was sharp at mechanics. Manuel was a miner in his younger years. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved to hunt. Manuel loved horses. Manuel’s grandchildren were his pride and joy. Manuel was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 46 years of marriage, Erlinda (Romero) Aragon; his grandson, Elias Chavez, and many sisters and brothers.  Cremation has taken place but no formal services are scheduled at this time. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Manuel’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

ARAGON – Max Aragon Jr., 70, passed away on Monday, January 10, 2011 in Albuquerque, NM surrounded by his loving family. Max was born on July 27, 1940 in Socorro, NM to Max Sr. and Lucaria (Montaño) Aragon. He is survived by his loving wife, Mayme (Chavez) Aragon; his daughters, Senadia Leblanc; Lucaria E. Chavez and husband, Curtis; Audrelia Pino; his sons, Maximilliano Ramon Aragon III and wife, Sandra; Gregorio R. Aragon and wife Robyn; and Ulban Aragon and wife Angela; his grandchildren, Amanda; Genevieve; Paige; Vanessa; Curtis; Richard; Marie; Andrew; Cynthia; Helen; Caleb; Gabriel; Jordan; Ulban and Claudia; his great grandchildren, Kylie; Chase; Lillith; Lucas; Richard; Marissa; Michelle; Shayla; and Jordan; and one sister, Jennie Gonzalez and husband Phillip. Max was a lifetime resident of Socorro and a devoted member of San Miguel Catholic Church. He was a proud Veteran as he served and retired with the US Army National Guard. Max retired from City of Socorro after 30 years of dutiful service. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Mary Zimmerly. A Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 13, 2011 from 2:00pm until 9:00 pm at the Daniels Family Funeral Services Socorro Chapel. A  Memorial Rosary will be recited on Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 10:00 am. at The San Miguel Catholic Church followed by a Memorial Mass of Resurrection at 10:30 am also at the San Miguel Catholic Church with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment will take place in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. Those who wish to send condolences online may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801.575-835-1530

ARMIJO – Ernest Armijo Jr., 56, passed away peacefully surround by his family on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 in Socorro, NM. He was born August 17, 1955 in Albuquerque, NM to Ernest Sr. and Rose (Garcia) Armijo. Ernest was preceded in death by his beloved mother; his brother, Ignacio; his sister, Corina; and two infant brothers. Ernest is survived by his devoted wife of 32 years, Teresa (Laughlin) Armijo; his loving children, Lorina Armijo Shelton; Leslie Ann Stewart-King; Ernest Christopher Armijo III and wife, Shellia; and Brigitte Armijo and fiance, Tyrone Silva; his father, Ernest J. Armijo Sr.; ten grandchildren, Gabriel, Aaron, Taylor, Matthew, Alexis, Tyler V., Parker, Tyler B., Bailee, and Jacee; his sisters, Emma Chavez, and husband, Jimmy; Irene Armijo Chavez and Frank, and Joanne Armijo Otero; and many uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends. Ernest was a lifelong resident of Socorro. He and Teresa owned and operated Armijo’s Restaurant of Socorro for 30 years. Ernest loved team roping. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and especially adored his grandchildren. A Rosary will be recited on Friday, November 25, 2011 at the San Miguel Catholic Church at 7:00 pm with Visitation beginning at 6:00 pm. A Memorial Celebration will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. with Deacon Miguel C. Ybarra. Visitation one hour prior to Mass. Interment will take place in the Bosquecito Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Chavez, Albin Chavez, Tony Crespin, Socorro Jacquez, Mike Hudson, and Dominic Chavez. Honorary pallbearers are James Chavez, Ignacio Chavez, Daniel Chavez, Zachary Chavez, David Chavez, and Jarick Chavez. To view service information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Ernest ‘s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, New Mexico, 87801. 575-835-1530
 
ARMIJO – Precilla O. (Orona) Armijo, 85, passed away on Sunday, January 30, 2011 in Socorro, NM. Precilla was born on June 03, 1925 to Francisco and Rumalda (Otero) Orona in Aragon, NM. She is survived by her loving daughters, Rosalie Armijo; and Ernestine Armijo; her devoted sons, Rey L. Armijo and wife, Rose; Manuel N. Armijo and wife, Elaine; and David A. Armijo and wife, Cyndi; her grandchildren, Maria Griego; Rachel Vizcarra; Sarah Armijo; Jeremy Armijo, Jesse Armijo; and Andrew Armijo; one brother, Robert Orona; and her sisters, Annie Ulibarri; and Angelina Anaya. Precilla was a lifelong resident of New Mexico. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Manuel Armijo Jr., her parents, five brothers, and three sisters. A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 3, 2011 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Daniels Family Funeral Services Socorro Chapel. A Rosary will be recited on Friday, February 4, 2011 at 9:30 am at the San Miguel Catholic Church. Immediately following will be a Communion Service at 10:00 am also at San Miguel Catholic Church with Deacon Ybarra as celebrant. Interment will be held in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers are Rey Armijo, Manuel Armijo, David Armijo, Jeremy Armijo, Jesse Armijo, and Andrew Armijo. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Precilla’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

AVALOS – Mary G. Avalos, 67, passed away on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 in Socorro.   To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Mary’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

BACA – David Baca, 69, passed away Tuesday, August 17, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM. David was born on July 31, 1941 to Vivian and Sinforosa (Madril) Baca in Socorro, NM.He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Celina (Griego) Baca of Socorro; his devoted children, Melissa D. Collins and husband, Joe David of El Paso, TX; Jessica N. Huffer and husband, Keith of Littleton, CO; David “Pelon” Baca Jr. and wife, Theresa of Socorro; and James Michael Baca and wife, Judy of Mesa, AZ; four grandchildren, Jasmine; Adam; Ashley; and Breanna; 1 great grandchild, Cadence Xavier; 2 step-grandchildren, Delicia; and Shelia; his brothers, Fred Mata; Mike Mata and wife Frances; James Mata and wife Patsy; and Dan Baca and wife, Elda; his nephew, Oliver Pena and wife Carol; and several Cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. David was a lifelong resident of Socorro. He was the owner and operator of the Mountain View Bar in Lemitar for over 20 years, starting in 1988. David enjoyed hunting, camping, baseball, and football. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Rose Anne Baca-Montano; and one grandson, Richard A. Montano. A Memorial Communion Service will be held on Monday, August 23, 2010 at the San Miguel Catholic Church, Parish Hall in Socorro at 11:00 a.m. with Deacon Mike Ybarra officiating. Honorary Pallbearers are Adam Baca, David Avalos, Ryan Lopez Jr., Louie Torres, Louis A. Vega, Sean Smith, and Tomas Smith. In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to Socorro High School Football Team. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801.  (575) 835-1530

BACA – Elizar E. Baca, age 71, a resident of Socorro, passed away in Albuquerque, NM on Sunday, Sept. 25, after a lengthy illness. He is preceded in death by his father, Onesimo Baca; mother, Lola Baca; his wife, Christina T. Baca; and brothers, Seferino (Sefie) Baca, and Arturo Baca. Elizar is survived by his daughters, Jennifer Torres and Dolores Baca; grandson, Mateo Torres; brother, Adolfo G. Baca and wife Rowena; and many nieces, nephews, and loved ones. All services will be held at San Miguel Catholic Church, Socorro.  A Rosary will be Monday, Oct. 3 at 8:30am followed by a funeral Mass at 9:00am.  Pallbearers will be Michael Baca, and Andres Vergara Jr. Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.
 
BACA – Maria Preslanna Baca died 9 years ago at UCLA Hospital in Los Angeles, CA. She was born Sept. 9,1940 to Braulio & Margar­ita (Sanchez) Baca in Riley, NM. She is survived by her children: Samuel Darryl, Patricia and Shawn Baca; grandchildren; two brothers: Morris Baca from Alhambra, CA and Cruz Baca from Bluewater, NM; two sisters: Gertrude Araujo from Mimbres, NM and Dorothy Scheffer of Liberty Township, OH. She is also survived by many cousins. She will be missed by her family and all that knew her and loved her.

BAKER – Raymond Lee Baker, 23, passed away Monday, December 6, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM. Ray was born on September 14, 1987 in Albuquerque to Richard Baker and Valorie (Lee) Lesperance. He is survived by his loving wife, Samantha Baker of Socorro; his son, Richard Devin Baker; his devoted mother, Valorie Lesperance and step dad, Harold of Socorro; four sisters, Shelby Pace; Crystal Lesperance and fiancé, John Michael Evans III; April Lesperance; and Kayla Baker; his grandmothers, Rosella Lee; Gertrude Baker; and Macedonia Lesperance; grandfather, Dale Lee;  his nieces, Joslin Baca; Mariah Baca; Jayden Baker; Isabelle Evans; Elizabeth Evans; and Aleyah Evans; and many other loving family members. Ray was a lifelong resident of New Mexico and graduate of Socorro High School, class of 2006. He was a proud member of the Socorro Warrior Football Team. Ray proudly served with the US Army. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard; his Uncle, Bobby Lesperance; grandmothers, Pat Baker; and Bertha Lee; and his grandfather, Robert Baker. A Visitation will be held, Sunday, December 12, 2010 at the Daniels Family Funeral Services Socorro Chapel from 1:00pm until 3:00pm. The Funeral Service will be on Monday, December 13, 2010 at 10:00 am also at Daniels Family Funeral Services Socorro Chapel with Deacon Mike Ybarra officiating. Burial will take place in the San Acacia Cemetery. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com.  Services have been entrusted to:  Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

BARRERAS – Louisa Diaz Barreras, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family on Saturday, October 8th, 2011 in Socorro, NM at the age of 83. Louisa was born August 30, 1928 to Luis Birner Diaz and Luz Alderate Diaz, in San Marcial, NM and later lived in Tiffany, NM during her teenage years. Louisa moved to Socorro after her marriage to her husband of 65 years, Benigno “Bennie” Barreras, at the San Miguel Catholic Church on September 21, 1946 and together raised ten children. A devoted Catholic and active member of San Miguel Parish, Louisa’s life was one of daily devotion and prayer, attending Mass every day, usually with one or more of her young children and always to join her sisters in worship. Louisa led her life with the humility, grace and a deep faith that was the foundation of the goodness and heartfelt care that she shared with and for everyone she met. It was her strong faith that was instilled in her children’s lives that remains to be the heart of and unites the Barreras family today. As Louisa would always add to every conversation she shared with us, “If God is willing…” She was preceded in death by her parents Luis and Luz Diaz, her daughter, Elaine Mata, her son’s Bennie Barreras Jr. and Frank D. Barreras, her brothers Samuel Diaz, Fidel A. Diaz, and Joe Louis Diaz, and her sisters, Rosela Diaz and Marieita Trujillo. Louisa is survived by her loving husband Bennie Barreras of Socorro, NM; her devoted children, Luis D. Barreras and wife, Mary Rose, Ben Barreras and wife, Carol, Luz L. Barreras, Felix D. Barreras, Cal B. Barreras, John S. Barreras and wife, Liza, Mary Louise Vallejos and husband, Richard, her daughter-in-law, Marites Barreras, son-in-law Fred Mata Jr.; 18 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; her sisters, Amalia Chavez, Marina Gallegos, Sally Fernandez, Priscilla Torres and husband, Max, and their families. A visitation will be held on Monday, October 10, 2011 at 6:00 PM at San Miguel Catholic Church followed by a Rosary, which will be recited at 7:00 PM. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 10:00 AM with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment will take place at San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions and donations may be given in Louisa’s honor to the San Miguel Catholic Church “Building Fund”, 403 El Camino Real, Socorro, NM 87801. To view service information or leave condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Louisa’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield Street, Socorro, NM 87801. 575-835-1530
 
BARRINGTON – Born Jacqueline Louise Seddon in Wichita, KS to William Podmore Seddon and Mabel Ione (Cheatum) Seddon July 13, 1927, Jacky passed away after a brief illness on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 in Centennial, CO surrounded by family. Jacky graduated as a member of the National Honor Society from Wichita High School North, class of 1945. She married Delmar Wayne Barrington August 3, 1947, and is survived by four children, Kathryn Spuhler of Castle Rock, CO, Victoria Lindsey of Centennial, CO, Terrence Kent Barrington of Naperville, IL, and Thomas Brian Barrington of Magdalena, NM, and one sister, Barbara J. Slover of Cheney, KS.  She was the loving grandmother to nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Jacky received her BA degree from Marquette University in 1966 and a M.S. in Sociology from University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee two years later.  She came to the Magdalena area in 1975 to work at the old BIA dorms as a counselor. On November 1, 1980, Jacky published the first monthly edition of the Magdalena Mountain Mail, which focused on the politics, ranching, and mining of the area past and present, along with other historical facts about people, places, and events.  The paper evolved over the years as Jacky continued to publish it even though nine months out of the year she was overseas either in Iceland or Okinawa, Japan form 1988 to 1993 while working for the Department of Defense, again as a counselor to school age children. After retiring from DoD, Jacky began publishing the Magdalena Mountain Mail weekly in the fall of 1994, and the focus of the paper shifted slightly to cover current community events such as meetings of the local school board, village board, Old Timers’ Association, and so on.  The paper also expanded its coverage to include western Socorro and Catron counties, with reporters in Alamo, Reserve, Datil, Quemado, Glenwood, and Luna.  The last issue of the Magdalena Mountain Mail appeared on newsstands March 18, 2002. Jacky Barrington loved the communities and the people who lived in the high country of western New Mexico, which she demonstrated by her twenty-two year commitment to bring positive, informative news to all who enjoyed reading the MMM.  She will be missed by many.

BECKHAM – Darl L. Beckham, 81, a resident of Socorro, NM since 1952, passed away on Sunday, December 13, 2009 in Albuquerque, NM. He was born July 11, 1928 to George S. and Maude Beckham in Ponder, MO. Darl was a member and past Master of the Masonic Lodge, Scotish Rife, past President of Socorro Rotary Club, patron of Eastern Star, member of the Presbyterian Church, and member of the Church of God. Darl served in the US Army as a Sergeant. He was a graduate of Anderson University and was a Certified Public Accountant for the last 54 years. Darl  is survived by his sons, Clay Beckham of Bolder, CO; and Bruce Beckham of Las Cruces, NM; sisters-in-law, Una Mae Beckham of Potosi, MO; and Betty Jo Hanners of Silver Springs, MD; and grandchildren, Kelsey; Daniel; and Joseph. Darl is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 54 years, Patricia “Pat” Beckham. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Socorro with Rev. Laura Kuster and Phil Preston officiating. The family asks that any donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Socorro or to a charity of one’s choice. Arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575)835-1530.
 
BENAVIDEZ – Albert Benavidez, 60, passed away, Saturday, December 11, 2010 in Socorro, NM. Albert was born August 7, 1950 in Magdalena, NM to Jose and Teresa (Marquez) Benavidez. He is survived by his loving mother, Teresa; his devoted children, Theresa Mann and husband, Brian; Alberta Benavidez; Angel Benavidez; and Juan Benavidez; seven grandchildren, Nicole; Destiny; Adrianna; Kaya; Joseph; Julian; and Amanda; his brothers, Tony Benavidez; Joe Benavidez; and Donnie Woodard; his sisters, Ana Acosta; and Brenda Adams; and many nieces and nephews. Albert was a Socorro resident since 2003. He was preceded in death by his father, his wife, Hilde Benavidez, one grandson, Juan Benavidez, his brothers, Ray Benavidez, and Thomas Gonzales, and one sister, Rosella Moya. Cremation has taken place but no formal services have been arranged at this time.. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

BINGHAM – Lowell Bingham passed away on March 18,2010 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was 70 years old. Lowell was born in Brownfield, Texas in 1940, also living in Hobbs, New Mexico before moving to California. He served in the Army, living for several years in Germany as part of his military duties. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from San Diego State University. Lowell was a teacher at Rivera Middle School for 23 years, where he taught everything from Spanish and German to art to computers. He also coached soccer and Softball for the school. After retirement, he relocated to Socorro, New Mexico, where he enjoyed drives in the country and woodworking. Friends, family, and students will remember him fondly for his sense of humor and his strong opinions. Lowell is survived by his daughter, Anne Bingham, of Los Gatos, CA; his sister, Francine Mansur, of Walnut Creek, CA; his niece, Laurie Mansur, of Concord, CA; his nephews, David Mansur, of St. Louis, MO and Keith Mansur, of Medford, OR. At his request, no formal services will be held.

BIRMINGHAM – Margaret Eileen “Peggy” Birmingham, 88, passed away peacefully, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011 in Socorro, NM. She was born on Dec. 24, 1922 to Peter Francis and Alice (McKiernan) McKeon, in Long Island City, NY. Peggy was a resident of Reserve for 61 years. She was well known to the Reserve Community. She served as Catron County village clerk and also worked at the post office and forest service. Peggy was an avid Reserve High School Mountaineer Football fan and traveled with team on the bus many times. She loved her “purple and gold”. She enjoyed spending time gardening and tending to her beautiful pink roses. Peggy also enjoyed making ceramics. She was preceded in death by her father, Peter Francis McKeon, her mother, Alice Mckeon, and two brothers. Peggy is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, married Sept. 10, 1950 in Datil, NM, Henry Bela Birmingham Jr.; her devoted sons, Henry Bela Birmingham III and wife, Terry; and Michael Peter Birmingham; her grandson, Henry Bela Birmingham IV and wife, Tammy; her granddaughters, Brooke and Karli Marie B i r m i n g h a m ; t w o g r e a t – granddaughters, Iliana Rose and Olivia Bela Birmingham; and her sisters, Sally Bordenaux; and Josephine Grimaldi. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011at 1:00 p.m. with Cliff Snyder officiating at the Reserve Community Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given in Peggy’s honor to the Socorro Good Samaritan Society, 1203 Highway 60 Socorro, NM 87801 or the Reserve Senior Citizen Center 575-533-6676. To view service information or leave a c o n d o l e n c e , p l e a s e v i s i t www.danielsfuneral.com Peggy’s care has been ent rusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St Socorro, New Mexico, 87801. 575-835-1530
 
BLANK – Eleanor Boys Blank, For’mer Publisher and President of The Pilot Company, dies at 98. Leanor Boys Blank led a full life most of which was devoted to helping others. This she learned from her father and mother. Eleanor died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011 .in Jarales, NM at the home of Richard and Wendy Cordova who were her caregivers. Eleanor Cornell Boys Blank was born in Plymouth to Samuel Evan and Florence Riddick Boys on June 18, 1912. She was the fourth offive children. She graduated from Plymouth High School and Indiana University, Bloomington. While at ru she was a member of the Delta Gamma Sorority. After completing college she worked at the Pilot News for a couple years. In the early 1940′s she moved east where she worked for the State of Ohio for the Department of Employment Security in Cleveland until 1963 . She met and married Elmer Blank in 1948, who preceded her in death in 1958. Following her mother’s death on May 10, 1963, she moved back to Plymouth where she cared for her father and helped manage the Pilot News until his death on Apr. 14, 1966 at age 95. On Apr. 28, 1966 the board of directors of the Pilot Company met and elected Eleanor Boys Blank president, her sister Edith Boys Enos, vice-president and her nephew Mike Boys as secretary-treasurer. In the 73 years of the existence of The Pilot Company there have been only two presidents. The Pilot News was owned longer by the Boys family than any other owner. As President of the Pilot Company, Eleanor carried forward the tradition of public service and support of those organizations and activities that contributed to the future of Marshall County. During Indiana’s sesquicentennial in 1966, the governor wanted every county to celebrate during that year. The governor’s county appointee wasn’t doing anything so she called that person and asked ifit would be ok if the Pilot News could come up with a plan for the celebration. That person said it was ok with him. So Eleanor and her nephew, began planning what was to later become the Blueberry Festival which has been going on now for 43 years. The Plymouth Public Library was looking to expand its building but it was land-locked. The president of the library board and the librarian came to Eleanor and asked if the lot, which had an apartment house on it and was between the two buildings, was for sale. Eleanor consulted with the other officers and, together, they decided to donate the property to the library. In her capacity as manager, Eleanor decided to modernize the newspaper plant by going off-set instead of the old method of hot metal. She and her staff did much research and traveling to decide which press and system would do the job. In the summer of 1971 this major feat was accomplished when the first off-set issue rolled off the new press. On July 19, 1977 she moved, along with four of her prime Arabian horses, to New Mexico where she bought a 1000 acre ranch near Hagerman. She was an Arabian horse breeder. In 1997, Eleanor bought a piece ofland in Lemitar, New Mexico, where she brought with her two of her prized horses, she lived there until the fall of2010, when she moved in with her neighbors Richard and Wendy Cordova. A testimony to their love for her, Eleanor was addressed by terms of endearment by her nieces and nephews who may have struggled with the pronunciation of Eleanor like: “Anno” “AI-Enner” and then was called “Nor” by her caregiver family. Mostly she was called Anno. Eleanor was a remarkable woman as she lived a full and eventful life. We will miss her. She did her best and made a difference in the world. At her request, her body was cremated and a memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 6 at the Assembly of God church in Polvadera, NM with the Rev. Rick Jaramillo officiating. She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings Beatrice Boys Rinde, Alfred Riddick Boys, and Elizabeth Boys Ellis. She is survived by her sister, Edith Boys Enos and many nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.

BLANCO – Kathy Kay (Turrietta) Blanco, 54, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2011at her home in Socorro, New Mexico surrounded by her loving family. Kathy was born on June 18, 1956 in Socorro to Florencio and Ascension Mary (Montoya) Turrietta. Kathy is survived by her loving husband, Jaime Blanco; her devoted son, Joseph Perez and wife, Elizabeth; her grandson, Andres Hernandez; great grandson, Andres Joseph Hernandez; her sisters, Peggy Leyba; June Padilla; Rosemary Armijo; Sylvia Gamez; and Linda Turrietta; her brothers, Joe Turrietta; Anthony Turrietta; and Horacio (Sanna) Turrietta; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other loving family members. Kathy was a lifelong resident of Socorro. She loved her family and her grandson and great grandson were her pride and joy. Kathy enjoyed cooking, knitting, and loved going to yard sales looking for treasures. Kathy was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved daughter, Kristie E. Hernandez. Memorial Services will be held Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 10:00 am with Pastor Gary D. Floyd officiating at the Family Christian Center, 1016 Fowler Street, Socorro, NM 87801. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Kathy’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

BOWEN – Louise D. Bowen, 95, passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 19, 2011. She was born on November 18, 1915 in Knox County MO. to Harvey and Marie (Johnson) Bowen. She lived in Socorro for 19 years and was a member of the First Baptist Church. Louise was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters; and one brother. She is survived by one sister Joyce Aguilar and husband Luis; and many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations or memorial contributions may be given in Louise’s honor to Good Samaritan Village of Socorro, 1203 Hwy 60 W, Socorro, NM 87801. To leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Louise’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, New Mexico, 87801. 575-835-1530
 
BRAMMER – Alpha Lee “Penny” Brammer passed away peacefully on November 27, 2010. Daughter of William Penn Brammer and Dora Charlotte Sutton Brammer, she was born July 2, 1928 in Margaret, Texas.  “Penny” is most remembered in the Socorro area as an being instrumental in the creation of the first Socorro General Hospital, and one of the founders of the Socorro Food Cooperative, as well as being a teacher and librarian.  She is survived by her seven children: Michael Smith and his wife, Susan, Barbara Cover Spear and her husband, John, Suzanne Smith, Charlotte Odom and her husband, Richard, Rosemary Smith and her husband Bradford Billings, Alison Summers and Benjamin Brammer and his wife, Linda; as well as many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

BREEDEN – Ronnie Breeden, 51 of Lemitar NM, passed away on July 31, 2011. Ronnie is survived by his sister, Peggy Martin; threee nieces; one great niece and four great nephews. All whom loved him very much. Ronnie worked previouly for Breeden’s Auto Electric in Albuquerque as an auto electrician. He was a grat cook and story teller. The family would like to invite you to share memories of Ronnie’s life with them in Lemitar on August 13 at 1:00 p.m. For directions call 575-517-0879.
 
BRICE – Harold Starken, “Dutch” Brice, a resident of New Mexico since 1961, died in Albuquerque on February 22, 2010.  Dutch is survived by his wife and loving partner of 59 years, Jerry and by his two sons Corey Brice and his wife Sarah of El Paso, TX and Hal Brice and his wife Joni of Laguna Beach, CA.  Dutch was proud of his four granddaughters, Trista and Kristen Brice of El Paso and Jazz and Jade Brice of Laguna Beach and he was in love with his miniature schnauzer, Ollie.  Born in Port Arthur TX, Dutch was a veteran of the US Merchant Marines and served in the US Army during The Korean Conflict. Dutch enjoyed a varied and interesting business career, from owning and operating a dairy farm in Buna, TX for five years to running a motel in Socorro, NM for almost ten years. Mid-career, Dutch studied to become a real estate appraiser, specializing in right of way acquisition for major government projects.  He worked for the New Mexico Highway Department, The Bureau of Indian Affairs and retired from The Army Corps of Engineers in 1997.  A celebration of Dutch’s life will be held on Friday, February 26, 2010, 7:00 p.m. at French – University Chapel. A mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 27, 2010, 10:00 a.m. officiated by Monsignor Sipio Salas at Gate Of Heaven Cemetery, 7999 Wyoming NE. A short graveside service will follow.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions  be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 2501 San Pedro NE #116, Albuquerque, NM 87110; The New Mexico Humane Society, 615 Virginia SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108; or the American Heart Association, 2201 San Pedro NE, Bldg 2, Suite 102, Albuquerque, NM 87110.  Please visit our online guest book for Dutch at www.RememberTheirStory.comFrench Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd. NE (505)-843-6333.

BROADDUS – Luther Broaddus III, 78, passed away on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at his home in Magdalena, NM surrounded by his family. Luther was born on May 9, 1932 in Berryville, Virginia to Luther and Sally (Williams) Broaddus Jr. He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Toni Broaddus, married March 29, 1986 in Chama, NM; his devoted children, daughters, Lucia Hartwell and husband, George; Laura Jean Roman; Linda Lou Broaddus; sons, Harry Lee Broaddus and wife, Carol; Frank Broaddus and wife, Rita; Parker Broaddus and wife, Charis; Daniel Broaddus; Toni’s daughters, Jerri Rush and husband, David; Martha Woodward and husband, Bill; 13 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; 5 sisters; 3 brothers; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Luther was a resident of Magdalena since 1985 and was a member of the First Baptist church of Magdalena. Luther Broaddus was a man of duty, and he was an example of what it is to be a real statesman who sincerely concerns himself with res publica. He was a former writer, editor, and publisher for the Mountain Mail Newspaper and the New Mexico Stockman Magazine. Luther also was a former chairman of the Livestock Committee of Catron County and assisted with the publication of the Catron County, NM Comprehensive Land Use Plan from 1990-1995. Luther served on the board of directors of the Coalition of AZ-NM County Governments. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and one sister. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 11:00 am at the Broaddus Family Ranch. Pallbearers are Parker Broaddus, Daniel Broaddus, Frank Broaddus, George Hartwell, David Rush, and Bill Woodward. Honorary Pallbearers are Harry Apache, and Harry Lee Broaddus. Memorial contributions may be made to the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home, Portales, NM; the New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranch, Belen, NM; or the Alzheimer’s Association, Albuquerque, NM. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530
 
BULTEMEIER – Graham, who was born and raised in the Eagle Valley, died May 14 from head injuries sustained in a longboard accident in Los Alamos, N.M. He was 21. Described as an extremely giving person by family and friends, Graham had stepped beyond the usual driver’s license organ donor signup. When his parents, Becky and Pat Bultemeier reached the hospital in Santa Fe, where their son was airlifted following the accident, they discovered that Graham had listed specific wishes as an organ donor online some time ago. That action means that countless numbers of people will continue to benefit by his giving spirit and ultimate donation. While we are overwhelmed with grief, we are so grateful for the love and support of our community that Graham so passionately embraced and embodied, said the Bultemeier family. ‘Graham lived fully, although too briefly. Be open to all possibilities and accept your children for who they are, we are so thankful for and find peace in how we loved Graham so unconditionally. Close friend Roseanna Bitetto described Graham as the kindest, most openhearted person she’s ever known. Everyone who knew him learned something from him. He helped out wherever he could. He was so full of life, A big teddy bear. While he was in college a crippled dog ended up on Graham’s front porch in a rainstorm. Graham nursed the starving stray back to health and decided he had to keep her as she wouldn’t survive long at the local shelter. His seventh grade science teacher, Michael Moser described Graham as an innovative thinker who expressed such enthusiasm for his ideas. He was one of those special students who made teaching a real joy. I looked forward to each day he was in my class. As a freshman in college, Graham learned the art of glassblowing after taking a class his freshman year. It became a passionate hobby, his mother said, as he enjoyed creating shapes that challenged his professors to define them mathematically. Born in Vail Feb. 17, 1990 Graham attended Edwards Elementary, Berry Creek Middle School and graduated from Battle Mountain High School in 2008. He was a junior majoring in physics at New Mexico Tech in Socorro. As a young boy, Graham enjoyed the challenge and camaraderie of scouting, receiving his Arrow of Light as a Cub Scout. He was an avid mountain biker, spending several summers working with kids at mountain biking camps. He also worked as a bicycle technician and interned for LGM Models learning how to build architectural models. He especially enjoyed the technical aspect of that work, said his mother. He loved snowboarding, hiking, skateboarding and camping with his brother Hunter and his friends. He played guitar and drums in a garage band, Mixed Messages, he founded. They competed in the Battle of the Bands with other high school groups. Working beside his father, Graham assisted in the building of a cabin near Leadville where the family enjoys spending time together. He was always a powerful role model for his younger brother Hunter. Hunter always knew how much Graham loved him, and speaks frequently about how much he learned from his older brother, his mother said. In addition to his parents Pat and Becky and brother Hunter, he is survived by grandparents, Arlene and Bennie Royal of Independence, Missouri and Martha and Herbert Bultemeier of Sunrise Beach, Missouri. A memorial service and celebration of life gathering is being planned for later in June. In lieu of flowers, donations in Graham¦ s memory may be made at any Wells Fargo Bank. A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life for Graham Patrick Bultemeier will be Saturday, June 11, 2011 at the WECMRD Field House at Edwards, 0450 Miller Ranch Road, Edwards, CO. Seating and welcome will begin at 5:30 p.m., with a memorial service at 6 p.m. Following the service, plan to join the family for dinner (please bring a dish to share). Everyone is then invited to stay (children welcome) and enjoy all the amenities of the Field House and activities Graham enjoyed, including trampolines, laser tag, half pipe (bring a Short Board and helmet), arcade, rock climbing walls and climbing tower (on belay).

BUTLER – Craig Alan Butler,47, passed away at home on Tuesday, April 13, 2010, in Socorro, NM. Craig was born on May 28, 1962 in Los Alamos, NM, to Thomas Daniel and Jean (Sanchez) Butler. He is survived by loving wife, Kelly D. Butler of Socorro; step sons, Logan Winn; and Sam Winn; father, Thomas Butler of Los Alamos; brother, Brent M. Butler and wife, Lora of Los Alamos;sister, Janet L. Damitz and husband, Bruce of AZ; parents-in-law, Phil and Patty McLain of Socorro; nephew, Michael (Trey) Clancy; and niece, Zoe Butler. Craig graduated from Los Alamos High School in 1980 and then attended Eastern and NM State Universities. He was an avid golfer. Craig cherished his niece, Zoe. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, April 16, 2010 at Steadman-Hall Funeral Home at 2:00 pm with Rev. Bob Farmer officiating. In Lieu of flowers, family asks that donations be made to the Lukemia and Lymphoma Research. A Memorial Service will be held in Los Alamos at a future date. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575)835-1530
 

BYRD – Bret A. Byrd born June 21, 1950 in Albuquerque died October 19, 2009 in Albuquerque from complications with asthma. He is survived by his wife Dorothy Byrd and her children Rocky, Samantha and Jessica McGuire; his parents Anabel and Jim Kelly of Magdalena, NM and his sisters Barthy Byrd of El Paso, TX and Kate Kelly of Phoenix, AZ. He was preceeded in death by his grandparents Walter and Ruth Nutter and his father Adam Byrd. No services are planned.
 
CARREJO – Roy C. Carrejo, 82, passed away peacefully Monday October 31, 2011 in Socorro, NM surrounded by his family. Roy was born May 30, 1929 in Horse Springs, NM to Juan W and Ramona (Castillo) Carrejo. Roy was a resident of Socorro since 1959. He was a proud Veteran of the United States Army and served during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the board of trustees of the Socorro Electric Co-op and was also a scout master. Roy worked and retired from the ATSF Railroad. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, and making his special bread, Breles. Roy was a devoted member of San Miguel Catholic Church. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Dolores (Quintana) Carrejo; devoted sons Roland Carrejo and wife Elsa; Tom Carrejo and wife Cammy; and Chris Carrejo and wife Rosina; his loving daughter Susan Carrejo; his brother Nestor Carrejo and wife Lupe; his sisters Annie Jiron; Shella Jiron; Lucy Armijo; and Theresa Saavedra and husband Frank; and many nieces and nephews. Roy was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Ernest, Juan and Willie Carrejo and his sisters Antonia Martin and Julia Armijo. Roy’s eulogy and Rosary will be recited, Friday, November 4th, 2011 beginning at 8:15 am, at the San Miguel Catholic Church. A Mass of Resurrection will follow at 9:00 am, with Father Andrew Pavlak. Internment will be held on Monday, November 7th, 2011 at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 9:45 am. To view service information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Roy ‘s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, New Mexico, 87801.  575-835-1530
 
CASSADY – Tom “Butch” Cassady was born on January 25, 1972 in Socorro, New Mexico. After finishing high school in Tucumcari, New Mexico, he joined the Navy. Tom enjoyed his time in the Navy, where he worked as a Jet En­gine Mechanic on F-18 jets. After leaving the Navy in 1999, Tom contin­ued his career as an Aviation Mechanic working on helicopters for Tur-bomeca. Later, he returned to working on F-l 8 and F-l 35 jets in Civil Ser­vice. When not at work, Tom loved spending time with his “girls” – Patty, Ciera, Hunter and Bryar. He was an avid duck hunter and was always on the look out for unique items to add to his dragon, kachina, knife and gun collec­tions. Tom was also a student of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and competed in tourna­ments. After valiantly battling cancer for more than a year, Tom took his final walk home on the morning of April 7, 2010. Tom is survived by his wife Patty; daughters Ciera, Hunter and Bryar; his mother Millie “Hanna” Bauler, his sister Jeanie Cooper and his nieces and nephews Greg Tacker, Hanna Cooper, Meghan Tacker, Jake Thissen, and Cole Knutson.

CASTILLO – Albert Castillo, 67, passed away Wednesday, September 7, 2011 surrounded by his loving family. He was born December 13, 1943 to Pablo and Rafaelita (Lopez) Castillo in Socorro. Albert was a lifelong resident of Socorro. He enjoyed iron welding art. He loved the outdoors especially hunting, fishing and camping with his family and friends. Albert was a good cook in which he loved to share with all his neighbors. He was preceded in death by his parents, twin brother, Joe Castillo, God son, Colonel Joe Castillo, nephew, Paulie Castillo, niece, Lynn Castillo, sister in law, Irene Castillo, and his grandson, James Albert Gallegos. Albert is survived by his loving wife, Stella (Lucero) Castillo; his devoted daughters, Denise (Pat) Contreras, Amanda (James III) Gallegos, Bernice (Joey) Anaya, Janice (Daniel) Jaramillo, and Ann Marie (Winston) Murphy; 17 loving grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; his brothers, Roger (Pat) Castillo, Napaleon Castillo, and Paul Lee (Barbara) Castillo; his sisters, Mary Barber, Eloisa Silva, Antonia Nordquist and Lugie (Steve) Shorter; and a special angel, Horacio Martinez . A Rosary will be recited on Sunday, September 11, 2011, at 7:00 PM at the Family Residence. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at 10:00 AM at San Miguel Catholic Church. Interment will take place in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery following the service. To view service information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Albert ‘s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St, Socorro, New Mexico, 87801. 575-835-1530
 
CASTILLO – Frances M. Castillo, 94 years old, died peacefully, Thursday, April 7,  in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after suffering a stroke on April 2 .  Frances was born near Magdalena on December 19, 1916, and grew up and lived in the Magdalena area most of her life. Frances was preceded in death by her husband, Jesus Castillo in 1964 and two grandchildren.  She is survived by nine children and their families:  son, Albert Castillo of Albuquerque, NM; daughter Velma and husband Salomon Peralta of Magdalena, NM; daughter, Prescilla and husband, Ernest Chavez of Socorro, NM; son, Gene and wife, Jo Castillo of Bastrop, TX; daughter, Gloria Scott of Los Lunas, NM; daughter, Sylvia and husband, Henry Trujillo of Lemitar, NM; daughter,  Mercy Castillo of Albuquerque, NM; son, Roger Castillo of Sierra Vista, AZ; and daughter Virgina and husband, Al Dickson of Albuquerque.  Other family survivors include 32 grandchildren, 76 great grandchildren, 49 great great grandchildren and 1 great great great grandchild.  She worked with her hands doing everything from sewing/tailor to remodeling her house.  She was always busy, always.  She was an artist and repainted all the statues in the Mary Magdalene Church in Magdalena. After the passing of her husband, Jesus, in 1964 Frances took care of her three youngest children. She worked many jobs, including teachers aide for about 17 years in Magdalena.  She spent her last 4 years in assisted living in Albuquerque where she was very active until last week.One of Frances’ many achievements was making rosaries which she mailed to missions all over the world, it is estimated she made more than 10,000 rosaries over a period of about 30 years. Special Thanks to all the staff of The Westwind House Independent and Assisted Living in Albuquerque as well as the staff of Ambercare Hospice of Albuquerque. Visitation will be Tuesday, April 12, 2011, from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel, with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. Final visitation will be Wednesday at Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 5415 Fortuna Rd. NW from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 9:00 a.m.  Interment of cremains will follow at 1:00 p.m. in the Magdalena Cemetery, Father Juan Montoya and Deacon Robert Jiron, presiders.  In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations in Frances’ name be made to the San Miguel Parish Building Fund, 403 El Camino Real, Socorro, NM 87801. Please visit gabaldonmortuaryinc.com to sign the online guestbook.  Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary Inc., 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW, 505-243-7861

CHAVEZ – Adolfo P. Chavez, 88. Encircled by his family, Adolfo breathed his last breath on this earth as his soul lifted to heaven during prayer on February 14, 2010. Adolfo was born on January 6, 1922 to Manuel D. and Cecilla Padilla Chavez and grew up a farmer in Polvadera, New Mexico alongside his two sisters and two brothers, Kate, Jerry, Nadine and Benny. He went on to serve his country proudly in Africa, Southern France, and Italy during World War II, memories of which he shared with everyone he met. He married the love of his life, Maria Dolores(“Lola”)Lopez in 1951 and they bore three children, Geraldine, Richard, and Theresa. They recently celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary where he presented his loving wife with a ring. Adolfo dedicate 41 years to the US Postal Service, retiring in 1990. Among his many other talents, Adolfo was a skilled carpenter and loved to golf. Adolfo’s friendly smile, sincere manner, and witty candor equaled a personality that far surpassed the small town he grew up in. The relationships he built in his lifetime are countless and the lives he touched immeasurable. Adolfo was a humble and faithful man, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, a simple farmer, hard worker, proud veteran, skilled carpenter and honest neighbor and friend. He was a man far greater than he ever knew. Through simple acts of kindness he made a mark in the lives of everyone he met. Adolfo is truely unforgettable. He lives on in the hearts of his wife, Maria Dolores of Socorro,NM; daughters, Geraldine Esquivel and husband Tony of Albuquerque, NM;and Theresa Lucero and husband, Pat of Socorro; son, Richard Chavez and wife, Lucille of Carlsbad,NM; brothers, Jerry Chavez and wife, Jane of Uvalde,TX; and Benny Chavez and wife, Alice of Belen,NM; sisters, Nadine Bell of Mora,NM; and Kate Romero and husband George of Flagstaff,AZ; as well as his nine grandchildren, Maria, Milinda, Micaela, Marisa, Gabriel, Ricardo, Santiago, Nicolas, Miranda and great grandson, Zion, many nieces, nephews and cousins. A Rosary will be recited on Thursday, February 18, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro. Celebration of the Mass of Resurrection will be held on Friday, February 19, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. at San Miguel with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial will be in the San Miguel Cemetery. Pallbearers are Ricardo Chavez, Chris Sandoval, Steve Hunyady, Clarence Lopez, Manny Gonzales, and Johnny Gonzales . Arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM. 87801. (575)835-1530.

CHAVEZ – Conrado (Connie) Chavez passed away May 6, 2011. He was born on August 15, 1933 to Constancia (Sedillo) Chavez and Vidal Chavez. He served in the Marine Corps for 27 years; he was a Vietnam veteran. He is survived by his wife Chris of Owens X Rds, Alabama; son, Richard and wife Diane and grandson, Austin; daughter, Joyce and husband Edward and grandson, Clint Rutherford; Stepdaughter Vickie and husband Brian and step-grandchildren, Gabby. Briana and Beaux; Step-daughter Sandy and husband Charlie and step-grandchildren, Kristy, Robbie and Kari: Step great kids, Britain and Liam; Sisters, Josephine McDonald of Hurst, Texas; Theresa Labato of Santa Fe; Lorrain Trujillo of Magdalena and brother Vidal Chavez Jr. of Socorro. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on July 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the Luis Lopez Catholic Church.

CHAVEZ – Eloisa (Castillo) Chavez, 103, passed away on Sunday, February 6, 2011 in Las Cruces, NM. Eloisa was born on October 6, 1907 in Santa Rita, NM to Sylvester and Manuelita (Chavez) Castillo. She is survived by her loving daughter, Mela Herrera and husband, Jake of Las Cruces, NM; her devoted son, Reyes Chavez and wife, Rita of Albuquerque, NM; 15 grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren; her two brothers, Sylvester Castillo; and Jose Castillo; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Eloisa was a lifelong resident of New Mexico. She loved gardening, farming, and was an exceptional seamstress. She enjoyed crocheting. Eloisa had a great faith for the lord. And the love she showed to so many was her legacy. Eloisa was preceded in death by her husband, seven brothers, and three sisters. A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 10, 2011 from 2 – 5:30 pm at the Daniels Family Funeral Services Socorro Chapel. A Rosary will be recited also on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the San Lorenzo Catholic Church in Polvadera, NM. A Mass of Resurrection will be on Friday, February 11, 2011 at 11:00 am at the San Lorenzo Catholic Church with Monsignor Leo Gomez as Celebrant. Interment will be held in the Polvadera Cemetery. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Eloisa’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

CHAVEZ – Guadalupe Montoya Chavez, Jan. 2, 1917 – Aug. 14, 2011. Guadalupe Montoya Chavez passed away peacefully and in the presence of family members the evening of Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011 in Albuquerque, NM. She initiated her long journey Jan. 2, 1917 in Kelly, NM, born to Demas (Padilla) and Luciano Montoya. She was preceded in death by her husband David Chavez in 1999. She was also predeceased by her brothers, Celestino and Abran and sisters, Mary and Frances. She is survived by her loving daughter Linda, who was her caregiver for the last six years of her life, granddaughters and spouses Annette Marie (Ramos) Haggen and Bill of California and Christine Elizabeth (Ramos) Bitter and Jeff of Arizona, and great grandchildren Adam, Aaron, and Isabel Bitter and William, Tristan, and Peter Haggan, Peter who she considered a son, and nephews Jimmy Nunez and Raymond Gonzales. She grew up and lived much of her life in the Florida area of Socorro, and she leaves behind many loving friends and relatives in the community and in Socorro County. Lupita will always be remembered for her sharp wit, which remained with her to the end of her life, her welcoming and positive attitude, and her enduring sense of humor. Lupe had friends from all walks of life who appreciated her magnetic personality. She never met a stranger, and she lived a full Catholic life. A Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 9:30 am at the San Miguel Catholic Mission followed by The Holy Rosary which will be recited at 10:30 am. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 am with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment will be held in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. The family wishes to thank the physicians, nurses and the staff at Total Community Care and Presbyterian Hospital, both in Albuquerque. Their caring and attentiveness to Lupe helped to make the last years of her life very happy ones. Lupe’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. 835-1530
 
CHAVEZ – Guillermo “Willie” Jacob Chavez, 79, a longtime resident of Magdalena, NM, passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Mr. Chavez was born on June 3, 1931 in Santa Rita, NM to Francisco and Rosa (Gonzalez) Chavez. At the age of 17 he joined the US Army. After his honorable discharge from the Army he worked as a miner. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Anita Chavez, in 2005; his precious daughter, Berlinda Chavez in 1977; sister, Isabelita Gomez; and his brothers, Luis Chavez, Macedonio Chavez, Benito Chavez, Seferino Chavez; Alberto Chavez, and Cardenio Chavez. He is survived by his daughter, Mary Ellen Chavez and her husband, Lalo Quiroz, of Albuquerque, NM; grandchildren, Michael Parker; Matthew “Bebo” Parker; and Mandel Parker; great-grandchildren, Angelia Avalos; Matthew Parker, Jr.; Isaac Parker; and Berlinda Parker; brother, Pat Chavez and his wife, Esther, of Magdalena, NM; many nieces and nephews; and his loyal dog, Stewie. A Visitation will be held on Friday, March 18, 2011 from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Magdalena followed by a Rosary which will be recited at 7:00 pm. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 11:00 am also at St. Mary Magdalene Church with Father deacon Mike Ybarra as Celebrant. Interment will be held in the Magdalena Cemetery. Pallbearers are Johnny Tafoya, Roger Chavez, Anthony Chavez, Richard Chavez, Cardenio Chavez, and Felipe Avalos. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Willie’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

CHAVEZ – Josie D., Chavez, 85, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 in Socorro, NM. She was born on April 16, 1926 to Rosa Duran, in Magdalena, NM. Josie was a lifelong resident of Magdalena. She enjoyed cooking, embroidering, and crocheting. She was a devoted member of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. Josie loved spending time with her family and adored all of her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother, Rosa Duran, her husband of 54 years, Martin G. Chavez (1999), her daughter, Genevieve E. Zamora, her brother Tommy Ruiz; and sister Inez Harris. Josie is survived by devoted children, Lorraine Baca and husband Cruz; Martin D. Chavez and wife Barbara; and Sandra Montoya and husband Tommy; her sister Lily Ruiz and husband Johnny;16 loving grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; Sisters in law Bertha Salas; Nora Cordova and husband Felix; Lena Chavez; Brother in law William Chavez and wife Magdalena; and many nieces and nephews. A Rosary will be recited on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Magdalena, NM. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Monday, October 31, 2011 at 10:00 am, also at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment will be held in the Magdalena Cemetery following services. Pallbearers are Marc Chavez; Matthew Zamora; Michael Zamora; Gary Chavez; Aaron Baca; and Andres Montoya. Honorary pallbearers are Mary Jean Rains; Megan Baca; Kayla Baca; Tawyna Chavez; Tamara Romero; Shawna Montoya; and Nicah Montoya. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions or donations may be given in Josie’s honor to Good Samaritan Society of Socorro, 1203 Hwy 60 West, Socorro, NM 87801.To view service information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Josie’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, New Mexico, 87801. 575-835-1530
 
CHAVEZ – Marian Jane Chavez (DeFeyter) passed away on Oct. 29, 2009, with family and friends by her side.  She was preceded in death by her parents John and Sarah DeFeyter.  Marian spent 40+ years in the nursing field and two years as a nurse in the Army Nurse Corp with one year served in Pleku, South Vietnam, with the 71st evac hospital.  She is survived by her sister, Loraine and husband Lewis of Michigan, niece and nephew, and niece’s husband.   Marian married John Chavez in December 1983.  They had no children but she helped raise John’s children from a previous marriage, Chris Chavez and his wife and family, and Gina Chavez and family.  Marian fought long and hard with two severe ailments, Multiple Sclerosis, diagnosed in 1993, and Breast Cancer diagnosed in 2001.  She made many friends during her nursing career, and we the family would like to thank them all.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Arizona Hospice of the Valley and the Koman Foundation.
 
CHAVEZ – Refugio P. “Cuca” Chavez, 92, passed away on May 11, 2010 in Las Cruces, NM. Refugio was born March 7, 1918 in Juarez, Mexico to Juan and Ausencia (Burciaga) Jurado. She was originally from Carrizozo but resided in Socorro since 1957. She was a member of San Miguel Catholic Church. Refugio is survived by her children, Stella Reichenbach of Socorro, NM; Vera Keaton of El Paso, TX; Elise Castillo and husband Roger of Albuquerque, NM; Tony Chavez and wife Leatsia of Las Cruces; and Arthur Chavez; 26 Grandchildren; 23 Great Grandchildren; her sister, Tillie Nobles of Jasper, TX;  and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Antonio Chavez; her daughter, Emily Schultz; sisters, Felipa; Juanita; and Josephine; her brothers, Benny; and Senovio; three half sisters, Antonia; Lucy; and Kiteria; and one half brother, David. A  Visitation will be held at Daniels Family Funeral Services- Socorro Chapel  on Friday, May 14, 2010 starting at 5:00 PM. Followed by a  Rosary which will  then be recited  at 7:00 PM . A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at 10:00 AM  at San Miguel Catholic Church with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial will take place in the San Miguel Cemetery. Pallbearers are Anthony Chavez, Joe Reichenbach, Robert Schultz, Joe Louis Torrez, Cosme Gallegos, and Rudy Coloridio. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530
 
CONTRERAS-BROWN – Valarie Contreras Brown, 50, passed away surrounded by her loving family in Socorro, NM on Monday, August 22, 2011. Val was born on July 2, 1961 in New Hall, CA. to Robert and Maria Estela (Pino) Contreras. She is survived by her high school sweetheart and devoted husband of 33 years, Lance Kelly Brown ; her devoted children, Joel Issac Brown and wife, Jennifer; and Brittney Rose Carlo and husband, Desiderio; her grandchildren, Brandon Mc Coy Carlo, Adriel Fahlsing Carlo, and Bella Saint Carlo; her mother, Maria Estela Contreras; her sisters, Dolores Contreras; Elizabeth Thomas and husband, Dave; Deborah Cross and husband, Wayne Babbit; Jeanette Wilson; Robert Contreras; and Maria Estella Otero; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Val resided most of her life in Washington State before moving to Magdalena in 2008. She enjoyed photography and loved the outdoors. She was fond of hiking and exploring but especially loved walking on the beach, any beach. Val loved and adored her family. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. Val was a strong and devout Christian. Val was preceded in death by her father, Robert Contreras and her brother, Ronald Contreras. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, August 29, 2011 at 10:00 am at the Magdalena Community Church, Magdalena, NM. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com.Val’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. 575-835-1530
 
COUPLAND – Amy Eris Derotha “Billie” Boyd Coupland, 97, passed away on August 17, 2011, after a brief illness. Billie spent her retirement years in Williamsburg, New Mexico.  Before moving to Williamsburg, she resided on the Coupland Ranch in Nogal Canyon, New Mexico.  Billie was preceded in death by her husband (George), son (Orlen), parents (Ollie Foster Boyd and Dallas Boyd), five sisters (Eva, Elizabeth, Bernice, Bobbie, and Ethel), and one grandson (Bobby). Billie and her twin sister (Bobbie) were born on September 20, 1913 on a farm in Wedowee, Alabama.  The family consisted of six girls.  When Billie was seventeen years old, her family moved to New Mexico, where she met her husband.  George and Billie were married on December 26, 1932 and shared 67 years together.  They had three children:  Orlen, Lucille, and Deanna. Billie was a devout Christian and a member of the Episcopal Church.  She was an excellent cook.  Family lore has it that one old cowboy would trade his entire lunch for one of Billie’s sourdough biscuits.  Another was heard to say that Billie could even make grease brush taste good!  Billie was a talented musician, and played the piano beautifully.  She spent many hours accompanying her husband and other fiddle players, and was inducted into the New Mexico Old Time Fiddlers Hall of Fame.  Billie was also an accomplished, prolific artist; she discovered this talent when she was 65 years old.  She specialized in oil paintings depicting the Southwest, and signed her work as “Sassy,” the nickname given to her by her husband. Billie is survived by her daughters, Lucille Coupland Shivers of Elephant Butte, New Mexico and Deanna Coupland Clark of Anchorage, Alaska.  Her surviving grandchildren are:  Russ Shivers of Juneau, Alaska; Mike Shivers of Nogal Canyon Ranch, New Mexico; Karla Stinehart of Lordsburg, New Mexico; Kristen Coupland of Chandler, Arizona; Jason Clark of Rio Rancho, New Mexico; George Clark of Lacey, Washington; and Amanda Kramer of Anchorage, Alaska.  Billie’s great-grandchildren are:  Rusty Shivers and Maureen Shivers of Juneau, Alaska; Meagan Dudley of Eagle River, Alaska; Mary Beth Shivers, Bailey Shivers, and Michelle Shivers of Las Cruces, New Mexico; Noah Stinehart, Luke Stinehart, and Lane Stinehart of Lordsburg, New Mexico; Troy Clark and Xavier Clark of Rio Rancho New Mexico; and Clara Jee of Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Billie’s great-great grandchildren are:  Caden Dudley of Eagle River, Alaska and Aiden Jee of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Graveside services are planned for August 22, 2011 at 11:00 am in the Socorro Cemetery with Reverend Tommy Means officiating.  Honorary pallbearers are:  Bill Shivers, Russ Shivers, Mike Shivers, Jason Clark, George Clark, Rob Stinehart, James Kramer, Rusty Shivers, Sam Dudley, and Berry Cox.  A reception and celebration of life will follow at a location to be announced at the service. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations to a Hospice located in the contributor’s community. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com.”Billie’s” care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. 575-835-1530
 
D’AGOSTINO – Emily Fraissinet D’Agostino, 97, a life long resident of New Mexico died on Sunday April 18, 2010 in Portales, NM following an illness. Emily was born October 29, 1912 in Socorro, NM to the late Paul Jean and Josephina (Pino) Fraissinet. Emily was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, Carl, who died in 2007. She is survived by her three sons, Carl J. D’Agostino Jr. and wife, Evelyn, of Orangevale, CA; James P. D’Agostino and wife, Bernice, of Portales, NM; and Paul R. D’Agostino and wife, Alice, of Albuquerque, NM; 13 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Rev. Fr. Joseph P. D’Agostino of NM; sister-in-law, Helen O’Brien and husband, Joe, of VA; two nephews, Jean Fraissinet of Socorro, and Delbert Fraissinet of Bosque Farms, NM. It was in 1933, while she was singing in the church choir, that she first saw a young man that would end up being the love of her life. Emily was a devout Catholic and sang in the choir for most of her life. Carl and Emily lived in Socorro until 1993 when they moved to Albuquerque. In March of 2007 they moved to Portales to live with James and Bernice. The family would like to express their sincere thanks to Dr. Wofford and also the entire staff of The Beehive for their care and support of Emily. A viewing and visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 21, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM. A rosary will be recited on Wednesday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. at San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 22 at 10:00 am at San Miguel Catholic Church with Deacon Nick Keller as celebrant. Interment will follow in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery with her grandsons: Carl III, Mike, Steve, Anthony, Tim and Paul, and nephews Jean and Delbert serving as casket bearers. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575) 835-1530.
 
DAVILA – Joseph R. Davila Sr., age 88, a resident of San Antonio, NM, passed away on Tuesday, May 31, 2011. He was a member of San Miguel Parish in Socorro, NM. Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, Isidoro and Eloida Davila; wife, Helen Davila; son, Charlie Davila and granddaughter, Maria Elena Davila. He is survived by his children, Joseph Davila Jr. and his wife Lucy, Michael Davila and his wife Loretta, Martin Davila and Geri Aerts and her husband Chris; grandchildren, Catherine Romero, Joseph Davila III, Yvonne Davila, Debi Linne, Rebecca Davila, Karen Davila, Elise Wilkerson, Christopher Aerts, Kenny Aerts and Brian Aerts; thirteen great-grandchildren; brother, Frank Davila and sister, Mary Baca. A viewing will be held on Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 6:00 PM in the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W Reinken Ave., with recitation of the Rosary at 7:00 PM. A final viewing will take place on Friday, June 3, 2011 at 8:00 AM at San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro, NM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 AM with Father Andy Pavlak officiating . Interment with Miliatry honors will follow at the San Antonio Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joseph Davila III, Justin Roberts, Chris Aerts, Christopher Aerts, Kenny Aerts and Brian Aerts. Honorary pallberaers will be his great-grandchildren. Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com
 
DEAN – Shirley R. Dean, 77, of Coupeville WA, passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 in Coupeville WA.  She was born July 31, 1932 in Eureka Springs, AR to Clarence Chester and Minnie Margaret (Hamilton) Chadwick.  She is survived by her husband, Jerry Dean, of Coupeville; daughter Christine Peringer of Coupeville; grandson David Peringer and great grandchildren Kaci and Brookelyn of Spokane, WA; son Dale Peringer, wife Cheryl and granddaughter Stacey of Spokane; son Rick Peringer, wife Kathleen, and grandchildren Matt, Katy, and McKenzie of Pullman WA;  son Dan Peringer and granddaughter Gina of Coupeville; sister June Crum and husband Ray of Glenwood, NM; brother Bill Chadwick and wife Pat of Santa Ana, CA, brother Doug Chadwick and wife Donna of Spokane; sister-in-law  Linda Chadwick of Santa Ana, wife of brother Mick Chadwick (deceased). A private memorial service for immediate family will be held next Spring.
 
DECKER – Maxine G. Chancellor Decker passed away Friday, July 22nd from bone cancer. She was preceded in death by her long-time Socorro resident and businessman, Charles Duane Chancellor. Birthdate: January 17, 1928 Deathdate: July 22, 2011 She is survived by her husband, Calvin B Decker, her daughters, Beverly Chancellor McClellan (Ridgecrest CA) and Deb Chancellor Tidwell (Las Vegas,NV) and sons, George D. Chancellor (Three Forks,  Montana) and Russell Chancellor (Logan, UT). She has 13 grandchildren.
 
DELGADILLO – Tomas V. Delgadillo, 87 died on September 28, 2011 at the New Mexico State Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Tomas was born in November 20, 1923 in San Pedro, New Mexico to Tomas Q. and Justina (Viegas) Delgadillo.  He was retired from the U. S. Army and owned his owned several of his own businesses. Tomas is survived by his sister, Armida Delgadillo Torres;  children, Dolores Delgadillo (Kenneth) Blatchford; Tommy L. (Donna) Delgadillo; by his grandchildren, Charlene  (Fred) Griego, Katrina Herrera, Joseph Sweetland, Michelle (Tommy) Green, Raquel (John) Viaza, Zandra (Fernando) Blanco; Nirvana (Joe) Blatchford-Rodriquez, Christy (Juan) Flores, Kenneth Levi Blatchford, Roger Blatchford; his great-grandchilden-Charles, Manuel, Delilah, Lisa, Isaac, Esprit, Ame-Amor, Esperanza, Jasmine, James, Michael, Felicia,  Jacob, Keona, David, Jasmine, Kayla, Christy, Bella; and by his two great-great grandchildren, Jerome and Sher’ee.  He was preceded in death by his wife, Clara T. Delgadillo and by a son, Raymond Sweetland. A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be conducted at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at 12:45 pm with Deacon Juan Martinez. Serving as Casket Bearers are Levi Blatchford, Roger Blatchford, Jacob Viaza, John Viaza, James Green and David Anaya, III.  Arrangements are by Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. 303N. Cedar (TorC, NM) for online condolences, please go to www.kirikosfamilyfuneralhome.com
 
DIAZ – Fidel A. Diaz, 90, passed away Monday, October 26, 2009. Fidel was born on March 15, 1919 in San Marcial, NM to Luis V. and Luz (Alderete) Diaz. Fidel is survived by Daughter, Sylviana D’Ouville of Albuquerque, NM; Sisters, Amalia Chavez of Albuquerque, NM; Louisa Barreras and husband Benny of Socorro, NM; Marina Gallegos of Socorro, NM; Sally Fernandez of Socorro, NM; and Priscilla Torres and husband Max of Socorro, NM; Grandsons, Xavier D’Ouville; and Carols D’Ouville. He is preceded in death by his Wife, Denise (Tolliver) Diaz ; Sister Rosela Diaz; and his Grandson, Ed D’Ouville; Brothers, Sam Diaz, and Joe L. Diaz; and  Brother- In- Laws, Miguel Chavez; Tony Gallegos; and John Fernandez. A Visitaton was held at Steadman-Hall Funeral Home on Friday, October 30. A Rosary was recited on Friday, October 30, at San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro, NM. A Mass of Ressurection will be celebrated on Saturday, October 31, at 10:30 AM at San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro, NM with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial will be held in the San Miguel Cemetery. Pallbearers are Carlos D’Ouville, Sam Gallegos, Clarence Barreras, Alfredo Fernandez, David Torres, and Max Torres SR.. Honorary Pallbearers are Xavier D’Ouville and Felix Barreras. Arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575) 835-1530.
 
DRAKE – Donald Floyd Drake, 87, passed away Wednesday, July 21, 2010 in Truth or Consequences, NM. Donald was born on July 31, 1922 to Clarence Floyd and Mildred (Lamoreaux) Drake in Fredonia, KS. He is survived by his son, Clarence “Buddy” Drake of San Antonio, NM; daughters, Vicki Leis and husband, Ron of Garden Plain, KS; Judy Kiechlin and husband, Kevin of Colorado Springs, CO; and Shari Drake of San Antonio, NM; step-sons, Steve Brannan of Eunice, NM; Joe Dean Brannan of Florida; and Rick Brannan of Aztec, NM; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Donald was a resident of San Antonio since 1967, after moving from Belen, NM. He was an avid Gardener and loved the outdoors. Donald was a proud Veteran of WWII, serving with the US Army Air Corps. Donald was preceded in death by his wife, Jo M. Drake, May of 2008 and a daughter, Donna Frary, July of 2008. A Memorial Service will be on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at Daniels Family Funeral Services Chapel with Mr. Steve Brannan officiating. The family has requested that any memorial contributions be made to the New Mexico State Veterans Home, 992 S. Broadway, Truth or Consequences, NM 87901. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530
 
DUFFY – John Patrick Duffy, 66, passed away Thursday, May 5, 2011. John was born on January 23, 1945 in Taunton, Mass. to William and Mary Duffy. He proudly served in the United States Air Force and was also a member of the DAV Chapter 24 in Socorro. John was an avid golfer and organizer of the DAV Golf Tournament for two years. He is survived by his loving wife, Janet; two daughters; two sisters; and two brothers. Cremation has taken place and there will be a private Memorial Service at a later date. To leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. John’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530
 
DULETSKY-HAWK – John Duletsky passed away Monday, December 28, 2009, at 6:55 p.m. in Grand Junction, CO. John’s wife of 58 years, Ruby Lee Hawk Duletsky, followed him in death less than five hours later at 11:47 p.m., also in Grand Junction.   John was 83 years old, Ruby was 78 years old. John was born on August 13, 1926 in Detroit, Ml. Ruby was born on June 14, 1931 (“June the flag day”) in Martin County, TX. They were married on September 28, 1951 in the Socorro Church of Christ. John & Ruby are survived by their three children: Sam Duletsky of Grand Junction, CO; W. Luanne Sterner and her husband Tom Sterner of Leavenworth, KS; and J. Mark Duletsky of Casper, WY. They are also survived by five grandchildren: Anna and Alex Duletsky; Dana and Sam Sterner; and Bailee Jo Hansen. John is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters. Ruby is preceded in death by her parents (Miller and Olive Hawk, of Lemitar, NM), by two brothers: Albert Miller Hawk, Jr. (Jack), RFC USAAC, killed in action on September 7, 1944 off the West coast of Mindinao, Philippines; by William Robert Hawk who died of typhoid fever in 1938 and is buried in the Tres Lagunas cemetery north of Pie Town, NM.; and by one sister, Neva Nelle Hawk Cook Sullivan, who is buried in Belen, NM. Two sisters survive; Shirley Hawk Bailey and her husband Richard K. of Socorro, and M. Luwilda (Lukie) Hawk Fletcher and her husband William S. of Olathe, CO. John and his siblings (2 brothers, 2 sisters, plus one child who died in infancy) were first generation Americans. Their father had been an officer in a Cossack regiment in the Czar’s army prior to emigrating to America before World War I. (It is said the father could pick up a handkerchief from the ground with his teeth while riding at a full gallop!) John  enlisted in the U.S. Navy with parental consent when he was 17 years old and spent the last 2 years of WWII on active duty as an Aviation machinist Mate/Aerial Gunner. (John’s older brother Paul (also an alumnus of NMSM) was a B-17 pilot in the USAAC in WWII.) John transferred to the New Mexico School of Mines (now New Mexico Tech) from the Lawrence Institute of Technology in Highland Park, Ml, and graduated in 1952 with a BS degree in Petroleum Engineering. He worked in the “oil patch” for several years in Texas and in Venezuela (Lake Maracaibo). After returning from Venezuela he was employed by the United States Geological Survey in several western states. He transferred to the USGS headquarters in Reston, Va. in 1971, and internally moved to DOI national headquarters in Washington, D.C. Prior to his retirement from the USGS/BLM, John was active in helping to generate many of the on-shore procedures and regulations concerning oil and gas development still in use by the USBLM. After his retirement, John was active in the training of BLM Fluid Minerals Group personnel across the country in the interpretation and enforcement of on-shore orders pertaining to continental oil and gas exploration, development, and production. He often acted in a liaison capacity between the USBLM and Congress. He was honored as a Distinguished Alumnus by NMIMT in 1985. John was an avid golfer during his retirement years and always enjoyed working on various projects around the house. Ruby was a mother and homemaker while the children were growing up. Later she enjoyed several trips to Europe and to Hawaii when her daughter’s career-Army husband was stationed in Germany and Hawaii. Later she became a licensed realtor in Virginia for a number of years. John and Ruby are deeply missed by their family and many friends. Memorial services for both have not yet been finalized.

DUTRA – Charles R. Dutra, 66, passed away Sunday, October 17, 2010 in Socorro, NM. Charles was born on May 27, 1944 to Elmer and Mary (Ham) Dutra in Pecos, TX. He is survived by his adoring wife of 41 years Barbara (Mall) Dutra of Socorro, whom he married on Feb. 15, 1969 in Carlsbad, NM; also surviving are his devoted children, Margaret Clare Silver and husband, Micah of Lafayette, LA; and Mary Catherine “Katy” Jablonski and husband, Michael of White Salmon, WA; one grandson, Asher Robert Silver; and his Aunt, Stephana Moore of Carlsbad, NM. He was preceded in death by his parents. Charles was a resident of Socorro since 2004, coming from Lake Charles, LA. He was a member of the San Miguel Catholic Church, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and graduated Phi Beta Phi from New Mexico State University. He was a former Chemical Engineer for SaSol Company and was a Veteran of the Vietnam Era, serving with the U.S. Air Force.  Charles loved music, dancing, and traveling.  He was known for his abundant generosity and enjoyed life to its fullest.  He loved living in New Mexico and all its splendor it had to offer.  A Memorial Rosary will be recited on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. and a Memorial Funeral Mass will be celebrated, Friday Oct. 22, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. with Father Andy Pavlak Celebrant at the San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro, NM.  Interment will follow on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at Sunset Cemetery, Carlsbad, NM.  Memorial contributions may be made to the San Miguel Catholic Church Building Fund. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530
 
EDGAR – Donald Kent Edgar, 49, went home on the wings of eagles, Saturday, September 12, 2009 from his earthly home in Socorro. He passed from this life in the presence of the Lord and his family. Donald was born on July 23, 1960 in Lamesa, TX, to Garth Don and Neita Rae (Williams) Edgar. He had been a resident of Socorro County for the past ten years. Kent was an avid fisherman and outdooorsman. He loved to barbeque and never missed an opportunity to find a reason to cook. Kent is survived by his soul-mate, Patricia Romero-Edgar of Socorro, NM ; 1 son; 3 daughters; 1 grandson; 1 stepson; 3 stepdaughters; 11 step grandchildren; 1 step great grandson; sister Janie Walker of Houston; 3 nieces; 2 nephews; his mother Neita Rae; sister Bartina Gonzalez; brother Kirk Edgar; and special family friend Richard Miller. He is preceded in death by his father Garth Don Edgar in 1980, and grandparents, Claude Williams, Beatrice Richard Williams, C.E. Robinson and Edna Drennan Robinson. Services were held on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at Steadman-Hall Funeral Home with Rev. Bob Farmer officiating. Burial will be in the Socorro Cemetery. Pallbearers were Leonard Baltimore, Mathew Walker, Norman Aguilar, Marty Salas, Roger Lopez, and Timmy Silva. Honorary Pallbearers were Richard Miller and Jonathon Sisneros. The family wishes to thank everyone who graciously donated monetary gifts, prayers, and extended well wishes during Kent’s illness. Arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575)835-1530
 
ELSBERG – James Alexander Elsberg, known as Alick, 92, a resident of Socorro, New Mexico since 1994 passed away on Saturday, January 29,  2011.  Born in Liverpool, England, Alick emigrated to the United States in 1928.  He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Virginia Vieau Elsberg, and his children James Elsberg, Sandra Maple, Susan Parrish, Louise Chamberlin, Cynthia Clary, Edward Elsberg, Frances DeKeyser, and Bill Elsberg. He was preceded in death by his son George Elsberg.  He is also survived by 22 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.  Alick was a graduate of Iowa State University.  He served in the U. S. Navy during WWII.  During his career, he worked as a civil engineer in heavy construction in Minneapolis, Boston and Dallas.  On May 23, 1978, he was ordained a Deacon in the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Dallas and later at San Miguel Mission in Socorro.  Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. in the San Miguel Parish Hall.  Interment will be at Holy Redeemer Catholic Cemetery, DeSoto, TX.

EWING – Elma Louise Ewing, age 77, died on Thursday, May 27, 2010, at the Vista Care Hospice in Albuquerque, N.M.Elma was born January 7, 1933 in Palmyra, NE to the late Arthur and Frieda Ransford. She spent her childhood in Napa, CA and on February 24, 1952 she married Floyd Raymond Ewing.  Elma received her undergraduate and graduate teaching degrees from New Mexico State University.  She taught elementary school and special education at several schools in Las Cruces and at White Sands Missile Range for 20 years.  She retired in 1989 and then moved to Socorro, NM in 1996. Elma was a member of  the Good Sam Club of New Mexico, The M-Mt Sams of Socorro and Dona Ana Peppers.  Elma and her husband Floyd were the Assistant State Directors for the southwest chapters of the Good Sam Club.  Elma was a member of First Baptist Church in Socorro.Survivors include her husband Floyd, sons Eldon Ewing and his wife Martha of El Paso, TX, David Ewing and his wife Kathy of Cheyenne, WY, daughters Diane Peebles and her husband Henry of Albuquerque, NM, Jeanne Poling of Golden, CO, and her brother Robert Ransford of Gold Beach, OR .  In addition, Elma is survived by seven grandchildren Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2, 2010, at the First Baptist Church, 203 Spring Street, Socorro, NM. Relatives and friends are welcome to stay for the reception after the services.  In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (www.leukemia.org or call 1-888-773-9958).Thanks to the M-Mt Sams of Socorro and the First Baptist Church in Socorro for their help and support. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

EWING – Floyd Raymond Ewing, age 81, died on Monday, September 20, 2010, at Presbyterian Kaseman Hospice in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Floyd was born February 5, 1929, in Casper, Wyoming to the late parents Ralph and Hulda Ewing.  Floyd spent his childhood in Colorado and Wyoming, and on February 24, 1952, he married Elma Louise Ransford.  Floyd served in the Navy, and went to work for Packard Bell in California after his service.  Floyd continued his career as an electrical test engineer for Vought Corporation in Florida, California, and New Mexico.  He lived in Las Cruces, New Mexico, from 1964 to 1996, and worked at White Sands Missile Range for Vought Corporation for over 30 years.  He retired in 1989, and then moved to Socorro, New Mexico, in 1996.  Floyd was a member of the Good Sam Club of New Mexico, the M-Mountain Sams of Soccoro and the Dona Ana Peppers of Las Cruces.  Floyd and his late wife Elma were the Assistant State Directors for the southwest chapters of the Good Sam Club.  Floyd was a member of the First Baptist Church in Socorro.  Survivors include his sons, Eldon Ewing and his wife Martha of El Paso, TX, David Ewing and his wife Kathy of Cheyenne, WY; his daughters, Diane Peebles and her husband Henry of Albuquerque, NM, Jeanne Poling of Golden, CO; his brothers Richard Ewing of Whitewater, CO, Robert Ewing of Coeur d’Alene, ID, Danny Ewing of Alvin, TX; and his sisters Loretta Ham of Kent,WA, and Esther Nouwens of Port Orford, OR.  In addition, Floyd is survived by seven grandchildren.  Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, September 25, 2010, at the First Baptist Church, 203 Spring Street, Socorro, NM.  Relatives and friends are welcome to stay for the reception after the services.  In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial contributions be made to the Prostate Cancer Foundation at http://www.pcf.org.  Thanks to the M Mountain Sams of Soccoro and the First Baptist Church in Socorro for their help and support.  Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

FARMER – Charles Robert Farmer Sr. born October 9, 1924 in Grady County, Oklahoma, died November 26, 2010 at his home in Socorro, New Mexico. He is preceded in death by his wife, Christine; his mother and father, Calvin and Cora; his sisters, Alma and Mary; and his brother, Arthur. He is survived by his son, Rev. Dr. Charles R. Farmer Jr. and wife, Jenny of Socorro, NM; and  his daughters, Gail DeGeer and husband Donald of Overland Park, KS; Patricia Steele and husband, Walter of Custer, SD; and Michele Ryan and husband, Tony of Deming, NM. He has twelve grandchildren, Joshua, Jeremiah, Anah, Charlie, and Faith Farmer; Kirstin and David DeGeer; Don and Rob Steele; and Zachariah, Joshua, and Myriah Ryan; Five great grandchildren, two brothers, Jack Farmer and his wife Ruth of Magdalena, NM; and Dale Farmer and his wife, Diane of Missouri; and a brother in law, Dee Baker of Arizona. Charlie was an avid hunter and fisherman. He served in the Pacific theater during WWII in the US Army and was a life member of the VFW. He was a long time member and served as a Deacon and Elder at The First Christian Church of Albuquerque and Community Christian Church of Rio Rancho. After his retirement from Sandia National Labs, he lived for a time in Datil, NM; Rapid City, SD; finally moving to Socorro, NM in 2004. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Socorro where the Memorial Services will be held at 203 Spring St. on Thursday, December 2, at 2:00 pm with Rev. Dr. Charles R. Farmer Jr. officiating. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

FARNUM – Ethyle May (Beattie) Farnum, 92, passed away on Friday, July 30, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM. Ethyle was born on April 16, 1918 in Greenwich, NY to Madison Stewart and Phoebe Alvira (Brown) Beattie. She is survived by her loving sons, Ralph E. Farnum III of Albuquerque; David J. Farnum and wife, Cathy also of Albuquerque; and Robert A. Farnum and companion Lisa Arnold of Socorro. Ethyle grew up in Salem, NY and was a resident of Socorro since 1989, after moving from Bennington, VT. She was a member of Socorro Garden Club and also a lifetime member of Mayflower Society. She was a member of the Seventh day Adventist Church in Socorro and of the Socorro General Hospital Auxiliary.  Ethyle was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ralph E. Farnum Jr., whom she married on June 12, 1948 in Glens Falls, NY. He preceded her in death on September 24, 2003 after 54 years of marriage; Ethyle is also preceded by her loving parents, and her sister, Marion Grace Beattie. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, August 6, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at the Daniels Family Funeral Services Chapel in Socorro, NM with Pastor Erwin de Graaff and Pastor Larry Savedra officiating. Interment will take place in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Enfield, NH at a later date. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Socorro General Hospital Chapel Fund or Charity of Choice. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530.

FAZIO – Margaret (Gale), 90, passed away peacefully on June 9, 2011.  Born Nov. 12, 1920 in New York City to Elizabeth Holloran Gale and Aubrey Gale. She is survived by her children Alan Fazio, Barbara Fazio-Kendall, and Brent Fazio.  Also her brother Larry Gale, 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Frank Fazio. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Socorro.

FUQUA – Mary J. Fuqua, 77, passed away on Friday, October 8, 2010 at her home in Socorro, NM surrounded by her loving children and close friends. Mary was born on April 23, 1933 in New York, NY to Rafael and Maria (Ortega) Fontrodona. She is survived by her devoted children, Maria Fuqua-Hutton and husband, Andy of Santa Fe, NM; and Stephen M. Fuqua IV and wife, Beverly Adele of Gilbert, AZ; her loving grandchildren, Joseph Witherspoon; Brittany Hutton; and Adam Witherspoon; her in laws, David Wolfe and wife, Tricia; and Elsie Plonski.  Mary was a resident of Socorro since 1987 and a devoted member of the San Miguel Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Stephen M. Fuqua III in 2000 following 47 years of marriage; her daughter, Elisa Meadows in 2003; and her brother Louie Sanchez. A  Mass of Resurrection will be held on Monday, October 11, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro, NM with Father William Sanchez as Celebrant. Burial will take place in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com.Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

FINCH – Richard Lee Finch, age 62, a life-long resident of Albuquerque, NM, entered into Eternal Life, after a battle against terminal cancer, on Saturday, July 3, 2010 peacefully surrounded by his loved ones.  He married his beloved wife of 44 years, Dorothy Mae Beal in 1966.  Richard spent most of his life in New Mexico.  In his early years he supported his family by working for the government and shoeing horses, later he became a truck driver, owner/operator, general contractor.  Although, horses ran thick in his blood, Richard spent most of his life horseback later becoming a professional cowboy winning numerous awards nation wide.  He left a valuable legacy with his horsemanship.  Richard was a beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather and great friend.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Arvil and Doris Finch and his sister, Lucille Finch Tindell.  Richard is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy Mae Finch; daughter, Shelly Wenk and husband, Johnny; son, Jeff Finch and wife, Jaime; six grandchildren, Dillon and Dalton, Tisha, Ryeana, Kelsie and Clayton; brothers, Dwayne and wife, Diane Finch; brother, Arvil Finch, Jr. and wife, Nelda and sister Judy Lucksinger and husband, Jim.  He is also survived by numerous loving nieces and nephews.  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 10, at 10:00 a.m. at the Old Cowboy Polo Association Arena, 7001 Coors Rd. SW, Albuquerque.  In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in Richard’s name be made to the UNM Cancer Center, 900 Camino Del Salud, NE, Albuquerque, NM  87131. Sign Richard’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM.

FLORES – Rufina Flores, 63, passed away on Friday, December 11, 2009 in Socorro, NM. Rufina was born in Socorro on September 11, 1946 to Felipe and Flora (Montano) Flores. She is survived by her sons, Joe A. Flores Jr. of Socorro and companion, Donna South; Kendrick Flores and wife, Sandy of Belen, NM; Bill A. Flores of Socorro and companion, Brenda Gutierrez; and Albert Flores of Socorro, NM; brothers, Jimmy Jojola of Downy, CA; Mike Jojola of Socorro; and Arthur Jojola  of Socorro; sisters, Ida Baca of Grants, NM; Rosie Baca of Albuquerque, NM; Aggie Padilla of Socorro; and Betty Valles also of Socorro; grandchildren, Guillermo Flores; Jose Flores III, Vinalisia Flores; Josepina Flores; Monique Flores; Christiana Flores; Audriana Flores; Kendrick Flores Jr.; Joshua Flores; Mariah Flores; Kobe Flores; and Charissie South. Rufina is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Joe Flores Sr. A visitation was held  on Tuesday, December 15, 2009, from 12 p.m.  – 6 p.m., with a Rosary that followed at 7:00 p.m. at Steadman-Hall Funeral Home in Socorro. A Mass of Ressurection will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 16, 2009, at 10:00 a.m., at the San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro, NM with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial will take place in the Socorro Cemetery. Pallbearers are Joe Flores Jr., Kendrick Flores, Albert Flores, Bill Flores, Guillermo Flores, and Arthur Jojola. Honorary Pallbearers are Jose Flores, Michael Jojola, Vinalisia Flores, Kendrick Flores Jr., Joshua Flores, Kobe Flores, Miriah Flores, and Mike E. Jojola Jr.. Arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM, 87801. (575)835-1530.
 
FRAISSINET – Delbert Arthur Fraissinet,age 66, lifetime resident of New Mexico,died on Friday, September 16, 2011 in Albuquerque, NM, surrounded by loving family and friends – just as he wished. Delbert was born April 1, 1945 to the late Julius and Selfa (Pino) Fraissinet in Socorro, NM. In 1965 he met and fell in love with Elizabeth “Dee Dee” Armijo of Magdalena, NM. Shortly after they were married, the couple moved to Albuquerque, NM where Delbert earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master’s degree in Education Administration from the University of New Mexico. It was then that Delbert began a career in education that would last more than thirty years and touch countless students, families, and teachers. Delbert taught and served as principal at Socorro elementary, middle, and high schools; and in 1985 he was named Superintendent of Socorro Consolidated Schools. He retired from public education in 1997. During the next several years Delbert worked for the South Central Council of Governments, first as a grant administrator and later as Executive Director. Delbert spent his final years in retirement in Bosque Farms, NM with his loving wife of 44 years, Dee Dee, as well as his devoted children, grandchildren, many friends and family. The Fraissinets were dedicated members of San Miguel Catholic Church of Socorro, NM, where for many years they helped lead the marriage enrichment program. Delbert is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth Fraissinet of Bosque Farms, NM; his three children, son Philip and wife Margaret Fraissinet of Houston, TX; daughters Nicole and husband Roger Roth of Los Lunas, NM; Amanda and husband Mickey Lozano of Los Lunas, NM; his brother Jean and wife Lala Fraissinet of Socorro, NM; nine grandchildren Ryan, Brendan, Mary, Braylon, Mickaela, Justin, Joseph, Jacob, and Mia Rose: many brother and sister-in laws; many nephews, nieces, and cousins. A Rosary will be recited at 5:00 pm, Friday, September 23, 2011 at San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro. A Mass of Resurrection will be held 10:00 am, Saturday, September 24, 2011 at San Miguel Catholic Church with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment will follow in Old San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. To view service information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Delbert’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St, Socorro, New Mexico, 87801. 575-835-1530
 
FULLERTON – Artist Jane Jo Wyatt Fullerton, a.k.a. Jo White Bison, died on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Born in Oklahoma City, OK in 1932, she was preceded in death by husband Charles Michael Fullerton. Survivors include children Malia Fullerton of Seattle, WA, Christopher Fullerton of Pittsburgh, PA and Amy Fullerton of Keaau, Hawaii. After graduating with a BFA from the University of Oklahoma in 1954, she worked for more than a decade as a draftsman, first for an oil company and later for the Bureau of Land Management. But her true life’s work was as a freelance artist and businesswoman. In 1982 she founded The Studio Showplace in the historic Val Verde Hotel in Socorro, NM, which was relocated in 1995 and renamed the Twelfth Night Gallery. Fullerton worked in many types of media during her life in art, including printmaking, pen and ink, enameling, found art and watercolor. Her work was widely exhibited in juried shows throughout the U.S., and remains part of the permanent collections of the New Mexico Tech Library and the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. She was a member of the American Association of University Women, the Watercolor Societies of Hawaii and New Mexico, and the Art League, Garden Club and Historical Society of Socorro, NM.  She often combined her avocation for travel with her professional artistry, creating alfresco artwork in such diverse locations as Japan, Petra, Israel, France, and historical sites of her native Southwest. At the request of the deceased, no public services were held. The family asks that any memorial contributions be made to Hospice de la Luz in Albuquerque, NM.

GABALDON – Higinia “Annie” Gabaldon, 87, passed away Wednesday, August 31, 2011 in Carrizozo, NM. Higinia was born May 28, 1924 to Manuel and Rachael (Baca) Gabaldon in Socorro, NM. She is survived by two nephews Jerry Chavez and Jake Chavez; two grand nieces Frances Sanchez and Roberta Chavez; and one grand nephew Frank Chavez.  She was preceded in death by her parents Manuel and Rachael Gabaldon; one brother Polo Gabaldon; three sisters Edwina Gabaldon, Nellie Chavez, and Pauline Cordova. Annie was life long resident of New Mexico. A Rosary will be recited at 9:30 am on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at the San Miguel Catholic Church. A  Memorial Communion Service will follow at 10:00 am with Deacon Mike Ybarra. Interment will follow services in the Luis Lopez Cemetery. Annie’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. 575-835-1530
 
GAHRIS – James C. Gahris, 82, passed away at La Posada – Mesilla Valley Hospice, Las Cruces, New Mexico on June 15, 2011. James was born in Tiffin, Ohio on August 14, 1928, son of A.T. and Eura (Flint) Gahris. He graduated in 1946 from  Columbian High School, he spent two years in the United States Marine Corps. He married Mary Sue (Menke) in November 1950 who survives. Also surviving are a son, Michael, daughter in law Willa and grandson, David who reside in Garlnad, Maine. Preceded in death by a brother, David of Tiffin and a daughter, Janet of Las Cruces. Mr. Gahris attended Heidelberg one year and then received a BBA and MBA degrees from Ohio University. He was employed by Ohio Power Compnay from 1950 until retiement at Canton, Ohio, September 1988. He and his wife moved to Soccorro, New Mexico and became members of The First Presbyterian Church. They then moved to Good Samaritan Retirement Village in Las Cruces in 2001. Arrangements are with La Paz-Graham’s Funeral Home. 526-6891. In lieu of flowers a gift to the American Diabetes Association would be appreciated.
 
GALLAGHER – Xavior Hugh Gallagher, passed away at 8:14 p.m., Thursday, January 28, 2010, at Lovelace Hospital in Albuquerque, NM. He was born unto this world to his mother, Katherine Michelle Gallagher, and was welcomed by the loving presence of his cousins, Denise, Damiana, and Pat Contreras. Baby Xavior is preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, John Gallagher. He is survived by his maternal grandmother, Susie Gallagher;aunt Shaun Marie and her husband, Thomas Sanchez; sisters, Samantha Christine; Sirena Renee; Saramarie Josephine; Destiny Smith; Brooklyn; brother, Nathaniel Smith; nieces, Shaunasie Lynn;Chasitty Christine;cousin, Ariana Dolorita Sanchez; Paternal grandparents, Geraldine and husband Benji Maldonado; Dwaine and wife Elaine Smith; paternal great grandparents, Alejandro and Corrine Jaramillo; aunts Jolene and husband Tommy Silva; Desiree and husband Ronald Smith; uncles, Daniel and wife, Janice Jaramillo; Christoper Jaramillo; cousins Michael-Alan; Daniel Jr.; Alejandro; Alisha; baby Tavin; Joseph Silva; and Kaily Silva. A Graveside service will be held Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the new San Miguel Cemetery. Xavior Hugh was born without a heartbeat , but i know his spirit is resting with God. Arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575)835-1530.

GALLEGOS – JamesAlbert Lee Gallegos was born January 28, 1991. He is the son of James and Amanda Gallegos, brother of Danielle and Cory, lover Erika Lynn Vermilion. His Grandparents  are Tina and Louie Padilla, Stella and Albert Castillo.  Albert will be with his little sister Tori, Grandpa James Gallegos, Great Grandma Castillo, Uncle Paul Lee Castillo, many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends in heaven and all over. His Aunties and uncles are Theresa Gallegos, Pat Contrtras and Denice Castillo-Contreras, Phillip and Janell Galleogs, Frank and Senta Gallegos, Joey and Bernice Anaya, Daniel and Janice Jaramillo, and Winston and Annemarie Murphy, Andrew Loriego.  He has so many cousins, friends like his family, extended and adopted family members you all know who you are and are family.  His timing was always his own and came early into this world. He was proudly going to work and left this world instead on May 25, 2011. JamesAlbert ran the Classic Sweets Jumping Balloon business. He was a great mason, carpenter, mechanic, babysitter, x-box player, capture the flag runner, and the general fix it man.  Albert would work hard and played even harder. All he ever wanted in this world was to have friends and that his friends were taken care of, treated right and were happy.  Albert would stand up to protect anyone he thought was treated wrong. He was respectable, pleasant, talented and skilled. He would carry a smile just for you. JamesAlbert was a helpful, loving, caring friend. He tried to make people happy. He is already missed greatly!! We love you Albert!

GALLEGOS – Louis Gallegos, age 84, passed away at his home in Socorro on Wednesday, June 23, 2010. Louis was born on October 18, 1925 in Socorro, NM to Tomas and Cornelia (Silva) Gallegos. He is survived by his devoted nephew and caretaker, Floyd Gonzales and many nieces, nephews, and close friends. Louis served in WWII and was a proud Veteran. He was a farmer and hard worker. A  Rosary was recited on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at San Miguel Catholic Church. On Wednesday, June 30, 2010, a Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. also at San Miguel Catholic Church with Father Andy Pavlak as celebrant. Burial will take place in The Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2010. Pallbearers are Juan Gonzales, Tommy Gonzales, Ernest Gonzales, Philip Anaya, Leroy Anaya, and Louis Anaya. Honorary pallbearers are Thurman A. Derryberry, and Joseph Montoya. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to:  Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

GALLEGOS – Zachary W. “Mongo” Gallegos, 04-09-1991 – 11-01-2011, Memorial services for Zachary will be held at the St. Paul Methodist Church in Socorro N.M. on Saturday November 5, 2011 at 2 p.m. Zachary was the son of Melissa Benavidez and the late Marvin Gallegos of Socorro N.M. He is survived by his grandparents Arturo Benavidez, Rose Benavidez and Deno and Sandra Gallegos of Socorro. Brother Samuel Acosta, step brother Devin Acosta, step sister Naitausha Acosta and nephew Zeckeriah Acosta, Uncle Arturo Benavidez, Aunt Penny Benavidez, many aunts, uncles and cousins and many, many friends. You will always be in our hearts and will be missed.
 
GALON – Ervin Galon, born January 2, 1919 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada passed away peacefully on February 1, 2010. He was loved by all and will be missed. After a rough start in life, he met and married Berniece Mjolsnes. They settled in Quincy, CA, where they raised six children. After retirement they moved to Lake Shastina at the base of Mount Shasta, where he enjoyed playing golf and gathering wood. He always had a magnificent wood pile. After the death of his beloved wife, he moved to Socorro where he spent the remainder of his life. He is preceded in death by his wife Berniece, his son Garth, and his sister Ruth Bryan. He is survived by his sister Evelyn Fite, his children Kaye Galon, Kathie Issac, Steven Galon, Melanie Galon, and Joe Galon; eleven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.
 
GARCIA – Helen S. Garcia, 68, passed away June 21, 2011 in Albuquerque, NM after a short illness surrounded by her loving family. Helen was born on September 21, 1942 in Luis Lopez, New Mexico to Pablo and Altagracia (Saavedra) Garcia. She is survived by her loving sister and best friend, Lucy S. Garcia; her brothers Tereso “Ted” Garcia and wife, Edna; Adolfo Garcia and wife Lugie; and Freddie Garcia and wife Sally; and many nieces and nephews.  She was a lifelong resident of Socorro. Helen worked for the Socorro Consolidated Schools for many years, where she loved her job and the students that she assisted.  She was preceded in death by her parents. A Visitation will be held from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at the Daniels Family Funeral Services Socorro Chapel followed by a Rosary that will be recited at 7:00 pm. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 9:00 am on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at San Miguel Catholic Church with Father Andrew Pavlak as celebrant.  Interment will be held in the Luis Lopez Cemetery in Luis Lopez, NM.  Pallbearers are Anthony Baca, Pat Chavez, Steve Garcia, Andrew Carver, Frankie Rice, and Gene Saavedra. Honorary Pallbearers are Richard Smith, Adolfo Garcia, Tereso Garcia, Hector Carrillo, and Ray Garcia. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Helen’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. 575-835-1530

GARCIA – Leonides “Leo” Garcia, passed away on May 5, 2010. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530.

GARCIA – Dr. J. Patrick Garcia, 61, died at his Albuquerque home surrounded by family on September 18, 2010. He was born in Santa Fe on January 10, 1949, but grew up in Socorro, graduating with honors in 1966 from Socorro High School, where he was a member of the Golf Team, helping the Warriors win a state championship. Patrick is survived by his parents, J. Placido and Adeline Garcia of Socorro; wife, Carol Jones Garcia; son, Jason P. Garcia and wife Jodie; daughter, Jacqueline M. Garcia and husband Henno van Arkel; stepsons, Adam Jones, Bill Jones and Coby Little Soldier; grandchildren, Justin and Jared Garcia, Taylor Eden, Shotaya, Kaylie Ann Little Soldier, Henry Jones and Dominick Garcia; brothers, Dr. J. Placido Garcia Jr. and wife Munira K. Garcia; Joseph Garcia and wife Tina Garcia of Socorro; and sister, Mary E. Garcia. He excelled in academics at UNM where he earned both a BS and MS in Mathematics as part of the prestigious National Science Foundation’s cohort for teachers of mathematics.  In 1988 he received his PhD from UNM in Educational Administration. Garcia spent a year as a math teacher at Gadsden High School before joining Albuquerque Public Schools in 1971, teaching math at Taylor and McKinley Middle School.  He was an excellent and dynamic teacher who early on moved into administration as assistant principal for McKinley Middle School; and, later, principal for Harrison Middle School where he took a low performing school to academic excellence. Because of his extraordinary leadership and exemplary work ethic, Patrick was named Director of Operations for APS. He excelled in his work and was recognized both nationally and regionally for operating a cost efficient and effective student transportation system, and remained in this position until taking medical leave in April 2010. Five years ago, Patrick was diagnosed with primary pulmonary hypertension.  He handled his condition with grace, worked hard and became active in the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, traveling the United States, where he gave hope to many as a role model that PPH didn’t have to rule your life.  He lived life with gusto and treated each day as a special gift. Very recently he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor.  Again, he was a model of courage and grace under fire.  He succumbed just two weeks after his diagnosis. His family and friends are moving forward with his wish to bring awareness, research and support to those suffering from pulmonary hypertension.   November 6th and 7th will usher the inaugural Dr. J. Patrick Garcia “Breathe Easy” 5K Run and Walk.  In lieu of flowers the family requests support of this event.More information is available at http://PHAssociation.kintera.org/GarciaBreatheEasy. Visitation and a Rosary have taken place. Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Wednesday, September 22, at 11 a.m at Prince of Peace Catholic Community, 12500 Carmel Ave NE in Albuquerque, followed by interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

GARGOTTA – Vincent James Gargotta Jr. 56, passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2010 in Socorro, NM. Vincent was born on November 17, 1953 in Dallas,TX to Vincent James and Ellenor Frances (Boucher) Gargotta. He is survived by his son, Geoffrey Gargotta of Phoenix, AZ; his daughters, Hillary Gargotta and fiance, Brett, of Wylie, TX; and Margarett Gargotta of Houston, TX; parents, Vincent Gargotta of Socorro and Ellenor Gargotta of Houston; his grandmother, Gertrude Boucher of Houston; sister, Teresa Gargotta Smith also of Houston; and his companion, Cindy Madrid of Socorro. A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Epiphany Episcopal Church in Socorro, with Rev. Woody Peabody officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575) 835-1530
 
GARGOTTA – Vincent James Gargotta passed away at home early Wednesday, March 3, 2010 in the prime of his life at 56 years old. He was surrounded at the time of his death by his loving fiancée, Cindy Madrid and her son Gian Quinn Madrid. He relocated from Houston, Texas to Socorro, NM and became one of us. The loss for the community is beyond words. He was a man with a brilliant mind and a generous heart who embraced life and community to the fullest. He was a master potter, a master of martial arts, an avid gardener and a magnificent cook. His wit, humor and love of poetry will be missed by all. He had a Doctorate of Fine Arts and taught art at Sarracino Middle School. He was a member of Epiphany Episcopal Church and served on the Bishop’s committee and taught Sunday school. He participated in the Community Theatre, and he contributed to Socorro’s fine arts events. He was also a member of the Rotary Club. A memorial will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Epiphany Episcopal Church with the Gargotta Family from Houston, TX. Friends are welcome. Memorial services will also take place on Sunday at his church, Epiphany Episcopal Church at 10:00 a.m. The Gargotta and Madrid families wish to thank Father Woody Peabody for his ministering to our needs through this very sad time. “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.  Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God”.

GATES – Reverend LeRoy Otto Gates, age 93, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, July 06, 2011 at 4:00 a.m. Rev. LeRoy Gates built and was the pastor of the Polvadera Assembly of God Church for 41 years.  “Roy” as everyone called him, was born January 31, 1918 to William and Sarah (Lyle) Gates in Kearney, Nebraska. He is survived by loving daughters Lila LeCrone, of Forth Worth, TX; Darlene Tucker and husband, Tommie of Polvadera, NM; Sarah Lee Hodgins and husband, Joe T. of  Williamsburg, NM; his daughter-in-law Sandie Gates of Edgewood, NM; and was the grandfather of thirteen grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Roy was resident of New Mexico since the age of fifteen.  He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 68 years, Urshel Gates; one son Buster Gates, two daughters Susie and Sue Angeline Gates; son-in-law Ted LeCrone; two grandsons Ted LeCrone Jr. and Murphy Gates. A Visitation will be held 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Saturday, July 9, 2011 at the Family Christian Center, 1016 Fowler Street, Socorro, NM. Funeral Services will be held 1:00 pm, Saturday, July 9,2011at Family Christian Center with Rev. Paul Blankenship, Rev.Timothy Farkas, and Rev. Dennis Covert officiating.  Burial will follow services in Stanley Cemetery in Stanley, NM. Pallbearers will be Derek Gates, Tracy Gates, Devin Gates, Joshua McCuistion, Garret Blankenship, and Levi Tucker. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Roy’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. 575-835-1530

GENT – Margaret N., 83, of Socorro, NM died Thursday, July 21, 2011. She was born February 23, 1928 in Welch, WV. She is a former resident of Avon Park, FL, and Alexandria, Va. She is preceded in death by her husband, Willard N. Gent, and one sister, Mary Dove. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Alice and Ralph Zecco, twin grandsons, Anthony and Nathan Zecco, one brother, Thomas Newman, one sister, Patricia Jennings, and a number of nieces and nephews. Services will be held at Florida National Cemetery December 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm.
 
GERARD – De Alva Gerard, 84, passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus, Monday night, June 14, 2010 in Socorro, NM. She was a business owner and operator of several restaurants in Socorro, a volunteer at Socorro General Hospital Auxiliary, a Sunday school teacher and charter member of First Baptist Church in Socorro for many years. De was a loving and caring sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and a devoted servant of the Lord.  De is survived by her sister, Barbara Hawkes and husband, Jimmy; brother, Gordon Stirling and wife Margaret; daughter, Lynn Pence and husband Ray; and sons, Blake Gerard and wife Sonja; and Blaine Gerard and companion, Miriam Champion; 4 nephews, 1 niece, 9 grandchildren, Dan Gerard (Luz Alvarez); Sam Gerard (Elizabeth); Amanda Gerard (Kyle Jones); Jaime Gerard; Stacy Bailey (Robert); Stephanie Tex (Jeff); Sara Goodman (Steve); Blaine Gerard II (Caramia); and Pamela Smith (Bill); a cherished daughter-in-law, Linda Gerard, and 10 2/3 great grandchildren. She was a resident of Socorro since 1942. De was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Gordon and Ollie Stirling, her sister, Belle White, and her husband, Shirley B. Gerard (1987). Her love and devotion for the Lord, her family, her friends, and for her church will always be remembered. The family would like to share a verse: Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. Proverbs 31:31. A Funeral Service was held on Friday, June 18, 2010 at 2:00 PM at The First Baptist Church in Socorro with Pastor Bob Farmer presiding. Interment took place in the Socorro Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Socorro, First Baptist Church of Socorro, or Socorro General Hospital Auxiliary.  Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

GILBREATH – Robert Wayne Gilbreath, 68, passed away Saturday, October 30, 2010 at home in Socorro, NM. Robert was born on July 16, 1942 in Dallas, Tx. to Albert W. and Karon (Coats) Gilbreath. He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Carol A. (Aiken) Gilbreath of Socorro; His daughter, Cheri Forbes and husband Ray, of Polvedera, NM; his sons, Robert Gilbreath and wife, Melisa of Socorro; John Gilbreath and wife, Rebecca of Juarez, Mexico; and Albert Gilbreath and wife Julie of Garland, Tx.; ten grandchildren; one great grandchild; his uncle, Walter Gilbreath of Flower Mound, Tx.; his in-laws, Marie and Willard Wood; Aaron and Judy Abbott; Michael and Dee Aiken; and his cousins, Steven and Theresa Gilbreath; Trudy Davis; and Ron Gilbreath. After moving from Apache Creek, NM, Robert was a Socorro resident since 1995. He was a Veteran of the Vietnam era serving with the US Navy. Following the service he went on to obtain his Theological degree and became the Vice President of World Mission Society serving the needs of the hearing impaired around the world since 1983. He also served with the Texas Law Enforcement Community and helped co-author several sign language books. Robert enjoyed fishing and hunting. He loved his grandchildren. Roberts’s favorite song was Zions Hill. A Memorial Graveside Service will be held Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 11:00 am in the Socorro Cemetery with Pastor John Gilbreath and Pastor John Boggs.  Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530
 
GILL – Anita Mae Gill, 68, passed away peacefully in her home in Socorro surrounded by her loving family, on Monday, August 22, 2011. Anita was born on May 4, 1943 in Jacksonville, Fl. to Aarold Edward and Eva Mae (Hersey) Groves. She is survived by her devoted children, Deanie Vigil and husband, Larry; Terry Shelburne; Darralee Dick and husband, Tim; and Shawn Merriman and wife, Tiffany; 16 loving grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; her brother, Donald Burnsed; and her sister, Joyce Woods and husband, Larry. Anita resided most of her life in Florida and just recently moved to Socorro in March of this year. She was such a loving person. Anita never met a stranger. She will be remembered for her sharp wit and the smile she always shared with everyone. Anita was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband of 45 years, John R. “Jack” Gill, April 2011, her beloved sons, Michael Alan Shelburn, August 2011, and Baby Charles Davis Shelburn, April 1966, and one granddaughter, Brittany Merriman. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. In Lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Ok 73123-1718.   To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com.Anita’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. 575-835-1530
 
GILL – John Richard, “Jack” Gill, 73, passed away on Friday, April 15, 2011 in Socorro, NM. Jack was born on April 3, 1938 to James Joseph and Teresa (Vail) Gill in Attica, NY. He is survived by his loving wife, Anita (Groves) Gill; his devoted children, Darralee Dick; Deanie Vigil; Michael Shelburne; Shawn Merriman; and Terry Shelburne; 16 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren. Jack was a proud Veteran and retiree of the United States Navy. He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved granddaughter, Brittany Merriman; one brother, James Gill; and his nephew, Jessie. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm at the First Baptist church in Socorro with Pastor Bob Farmer officiating. There will also be another Memorial Services back in Cocoa, FL at the Discovery Christian Center on May 14, 2011 at 10:00 am. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com.Jack’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

GILSON – Bruce Gilson, died July 3, 2011. He was born in El Paso, Texas, January 31, 1949, and was a resident of Socorro, New Mexico since 1985. Before his retirement, he worked as a semi-driver, heavy equipment operator, welder, and scrap dealer. Most recently he volunteered with the DAV in Socorro, helping with fund-raising dinners and driving veterans to the VA hospital in Albuquerque. He was preceded in death by his father, Earl A. Gilson. He is survived by his wife of more than 40 years, Nancy Reynolds Gilson; his mother, Margaret Ann Gilson, brother Preston A. Gilson and wife Christine; sons James A. Gilson and wife Darhla Hatch, and William C. Gilson and wife Susan Voss; and daughter Denise J. Gilson and husband Eric Sewell. He left three wonderful grandchildren: Joseph A. Gilson, Virginia A. Gilson, and Riley A. Sewell. A private family memorial is planned. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Bruce’s name may be made to International Dyslexia Association, 1-800-ABCD123, interdys.org. Arrangements by Riverside Funeral Home, 225 San Mateo, Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM, 505-764-9663 .
 
GIRON – Mary B. Giron, 94, passed away, Tuesday, April 13, 2010 in Socorro, NM.  She was born October 19, 1915 in Polvadera, NM, the daughter of Teodoro and Margarita Barreras Giron.  Survivors include one cousin, Lillie Apodaca and her four sons and one daughter, Ronnie, Carl, Sandra, Gary, and David.  She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Paul Giron.  Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, April 17, 2010, 2:00 p.m., at French – University Chapel, Albuquerque.  Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE., Albuquerque. Please visit our online guestbook for Mary at www.RememberTheirStory.com. French, 1111 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87102. 505-843-6333.

GIVENS – Velva Lavina Givens, 93, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 17, 2011 in Socorro, NM. She was born on July 17, 1918 to William and Jenny (Bastion) Knowlton, in Luna, NM. Velva was a lifelong resident of New Mexico. She loved to read and was an exceptional seamstress. She enjoyed embroidery and loved to bake. Velva was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved husband, William A. “Bill” Givens, July 2011, her son, Robert Drummond, brothers, Fred Knowlton, and Clifford Knowlton, sisters, Emily Todd, Clara Todd, Helen Kinnear, and Ethel Johnson. Velva is survived by her devoted daughters, Emily Carey, Velva Jean Mangum, Diana (Owen) Brinkhurst, Rosie (Don ) Tripp, Charlene Coles, and Darlene (C.B.) Anderson, 12 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, 2 great great grandchildren, her brothers, Carter Knowlton, and Richard (Billie) Knowlton, and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of Velva’s life will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2011, 11:00 am, at Daniels Family Funeral Services – Socorro Chapel. Interment will be held in the Socorro Cemetery. Pallbearers are Diana Brinkhurst, Jeff Davis, Don Tripp III, C.B. Anderson, Don Tripp Jr., and Lonnie Gonzales. Honorary Pallbearers are all her loving grandchildren and great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given in Velva’s honor to Socorro Good Samaritan Society, PO Box 1279, Socorro, NM 87801. To view service information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Velva’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St, Socorro, New Mexico, 87801. 575-835-1530
 
GIVENS – William Adolph “Bill” Givens, 93, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 in Socorro, NM. Bill was born on January 18, 1918 in New Braunfels, Texas to William W. and Ruby (Hinmann) Givens. He is survived by his loving wife, Velva L. (Knowlton) Givens; his devoted daughters, Rosie Tripp and husband, Don; Charlene Coles; Darlene Anderson and husband, C.B.; his step daughters, Velva Mangum; Emily Carey; and Diana Brinkhurst and husband, Owen; 12 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; his sister, Katherine Huff; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was a resident of Socorro since 1952. Better known as the “Rainbo bread man.” He was an avid golfer and enjoyed dancing in his younger years. Bill was a Proud Veteran and served in the US Army during WWII. He was a member and Post Commander of the American Legion Post 64, Socorro, NM. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his son-in-law, Lonnie Coles; his step son, Robert Drummond; and his sisters, Susie; Madaline; and Alene. A Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 31, 2011from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Daniels Family Funeral Services Socorro Chapel. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Monday, August 1, 2011 at 9:00 am at The San Miguel Catholic Church Parish Hall with Monsignor Leo Gomez as Celebrant. Interment will be held in the Socorro Cemetery. Pallbearers are: Don Tripp Jr., C.B. Anderson, Don Tripp III, Jeff Davis, Tony Garza, and Lonnie Gonzales. Honorary Pallbearers are all his grandchildren and great grandchildren. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Socorro Good Samaritan Society, PO Box 1279, Socorro, NM 87801. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com.Bill’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530
 
GODINEZ – Maximilliano Godinez, 85, passed away on February 13, 2010 at the New Mexico State Veterans Home. He was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on June 5, 1924 to Miguel and Priscilla (Garcia) Godinez. Mr. Godinez was a Veteran of the U. S. Army, and served his country during World War II. He was retired working in the Agriculture Industry. He is survived by a sister-in-law, Fiddie Godinez, numerous nieces and nephews and was preceded in death by his wife, Helga; his brothers. Ignacio (Nash) Godinez and Felipe Godinez and a sister, Lola Castro. Cremation has taken place and Rite of Committal and Inurnment will be held during a Graveside Service in the San Acacia Cemetery in San Acacia, New Mexico on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. with Deacon Michael Yvarra officiating. Arrangements are by Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. & Sierra Crematory, LLC, 303 N. Cedar St.
 
GOFORTH – David Monroe Goforth, 41, passed away on  Monday, October 12, 2009 at his home in Socorro, NM. David was born on June 30, 1968 in Newport Beach,CA. to Harold M. and Gloria (Torres) Goforth. David is survived by his mother, Gloria Goforth of Socorro, NM; his son, David I. Goforth of Socorro,NM; Sister, Patricia Wilson of Mullberry, KS; Brother, Harold J.Goforth of Albuquerque,NM; and companion, Cindy Thomas of Fort Scott, KS.. David served in the Us Navy  from January 1988 until February 1995. David was currently an Instructor for New Mexico Western University in Auto Mechanics. A Rosary and a Communion Service was celebrated on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 10:00 AM at San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro, NM with Deacon Mike Ybarra. Burial was in the San Miguel Cemetery. Pallbearers were James Goforth, Peter Zolman, Mario Torres, Anthony Torres, James Montoya, and Eliase White. Arrangements were under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, Socorro, NM  87801. (575)835-1530.

GOMEZ – Rudolpha A.(Aragon) Gomez, age 67, passed away Wednesday, June 23,2010 at her home in Magdalena, NM. Rudolpha was born on September 1, 1942 to Ramon and Beatrice (Castillo) Aragon in Reserve, NM. She is survived by her daughter, Jemma Gomez and fiancé Tung Pham of Gilbert, AZ; her sons, Joshua Gomez of Magdalena, NM; and Jacob Gomez of Las Vegas, NV; her grandchildren, Jesiah; Lena; Jordan; Armando; Clarissa; Joseph; and Monique; sisters, Rose Aragon; Frances Chavez; Vivian Torres; Cecilia Abbots and husband, David; and Sr. Celine Aragon; brother, Andrew Aragon; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Rudolpha was a resident of Magdalena since 1957. She was a member of St. Mary Magdalene Church. Rudolpha was preceded in death by her loving husband, Gilbert M. Gomez in 1989; a sister, Belia Baca; and a brother Bobby Aragon. A Rosary will be recited on Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Magdalena, NM. On Monday, June 28, 2010, a Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated with Father Andy Pavlak at 9:00 a.m. also at St Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. Burial will take place in the Magdalena Cemetery. Pallbearers are David Aragon, Steven Aragon, Robert Torres, Michael Torres, Leroy Trujillo, and Pat Trujillo. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to:  Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

GONZALES – Catalina S. Gonzales, 89, passed away on Saturday,August 15, 2009 in El Paso, TX. She was born April 30, 1920 in Socorro, NM to Sixto and Elenore (Gonzales) Saavedra. Catalina is preceded in death by her husband, Joseleon Gonzales; sons: Rogelio and Nestor; daughter, Elenore Ware; brothers: Teodoro and Juan Saavedra; and sisters: Andreita Saavedra, Altagracia Garcia and Cristella Gonzales. She is survived by her sons: Sixto of Socorro, NM; Joseleon Jr. of Las Cruces, NM; Steve of Fairacres, NM; Gabriel of Moon Gate, NM; and Florencio of Albuquerque, NM; daughters: Elenore Gonzales of Salt Lake City, UT; Esther Gonzales of Las Cruces, NM; Oflea Barela of Las Vegas, NV; and Marie Padilla of Socorro; brothers: Eustaquio Saavedra of Escondida, NM; Sixto Saavedra Jr. of Albuquerque; sisters: Gertrude Rivera of Santa Fe, NM and Julianita Romero of Socorro; Several grandchildren and great grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 23, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Steadman-Hall Funeral Home. A Rosary will be recited on Monday, August 24, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the San Miguel Catholic Church with Mass of the Resurrection immediately following. Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial will be in the Luis Lopez Cemetery. Arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575)835-1530.
 
GONZALES – Kevin, 29, passed away on May 9, 2011.  He was born in Socorro, New Mexico on October 28, 1981.  Kevin was a source of great love and joy to his family and friends who will miss his warmth and humor.  He joins his grandparents Nestor Gonzales, Eloisa Gonzales and Arturo Soto who predeceased him.  He is survived by his father Nestor Gonzales, Jr., and his partner Domie Salas; mother Christina (Soto) Torres, and her husband, Alfred; grandmother Virginia Soto; sister Jennifer Gonzales; aunt Henrietta Tafoya; cousins Louie Tafoya, Rebekah Tafoya and Shanee Tafoya;  and many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.  Pallbearers are Alfred Torres, Eddie Hidalgo, Gilbert Hidalgo, Gilbert Hidalgo, Jr., Joral Morgan and Frankie Clevenger. Honorary pallbearers are Allen Gonzales, Allen Gonzales, Jr. Isaias Gonzales, Louie Tafoya, Joey Saiz and Nicholas Hidalgo.  Services will be held at the San Miguel Parish on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 beginning with a viewing at 8:30a.m. followed by a rosary at 9:30a.m. and a mass at 10:00a.m.To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Kevin’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

GONZALES – Mariano J. Gonzales, age 89, passed away peacefully from the arms of his loving family and into the hands of our Lord on Thursday, June 16. Mariano was born on March 8, 1922 in Pueblitos, New Mexico to the late Roman and Emilia Jojola Gonzales. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and going “cruising.” Mariano was a veteran of the US Army during WWII. He worked for Bosque Del Apache for 30 years. Those we love don’t go away they walk beside us everyday unseen, unheard, but always near still loved, still missed very dear. Mariano was preceded in death by his loving wife of 53 years, Lorencita; and son, Tomas Gonzales, Sr. He is survived by his devoted son, Charles Gonzales, and wife, Angela Ortiz; daughter-in-law, Maria Gonzales; grandchildren, Tomas Gonzales, Jr. and wife, Myra, Laurran Gonzales and partner, Ricardo Villarreal, Diana Gonzales and partner, Erick Terrazas, Melvin Gonzales; great-granddaughter, Emilia Gonzales; nieces and nephews; his devoted caregiver, Krystal Dupree; and good friend, Ernest Gonzales. All services will be held at San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro beginning with a Rosary to be recited at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 28 with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. Sign Mariano’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM.

GONZALES – Melvin D. Gonzales age 62 of Crystal River, FL died on Monday January 4, 2010 at his home under the care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. Born July 31, 1947 in Socorro, NM to Nestor and Katherine Gonzales. He came to Crystal River 12 years ago from Clearwater, FL. He was a commercial fisherman and a cattle rancher. Mr. Gonzales was a U.S. Air force Vietnam veteran. He is survived by his lifetime partner Joan Billison of Crystal River, FL and a brother Tony Gonzales of Socorro, NM. Private Cremation arrangements are under the care of the Strickland Funeral Home with Crematory Crystal River, FL.
 
GONZALES – Michael L. Gonzales, 45, passed away Friday, November 19, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM. Michael was born on December 23, 1964 in Socorro, NM to Juan Gonzales and Antonia (Castillo) Nordquist. He is survived by his loving father, Juan Gonzales of Socorro; his loving mother, Antonia Nordquist and husband, Van of Las Cruces, NM; his devoted brother, Johnny Gonzales and wife, Mary Jane of San Diego, Ca; his devoted sister, Jennifer Gonzales also of San Diego, Ca.; and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Michael was a lifelong resident of Socorro. Visitation was held at San Miguel Catholic Church on Sunday, November 21, 2010 from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. A Rosary was recited on Sunday, November 21, 2010 at 7:00 pm at San Miguel Catholic Church and a Mass of Resurrection was celebrated on Monday, November 22, 2010 at 9:00 am  also at San Miguel Catholic Church with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial took place in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

GONZALES – Ramona B. Gonzales passed away on August 20, 2011 in Socorro, NM. Ramona was born October 15, 1910 to Rafael and Josefita (Padilla) Baca in Luis Lopez, NM.  She is survived by her devoted children Ciriaco Q. and wife Norma, Josie and husband Gabriel, Amy and husband Wayne, Ralph and wife Viola, and Edwin and wife Mary Jo; nineteen   loving grandchildren; twenty three great grandchildren.  Ramona was preceded in death by her husband Ciriaco M. Gonzlaes; her parents Rafael and Josefita Baca; siblings Santiago, Eugenia, Felipe, and Alvaro. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:00 am, Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at San Miguel Parish Hall with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant.  In  Lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to the Good Samaritan Village of  Socorro, 1203 Hwy 60 West, Socorro, NM 87801.  To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com  Ramona’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. 575-835-1530
 
GONZALES – Vickie S. Gonzales, 80, passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at her home in Socorro, NM surrounded by her loving family. Vickie was born on June 21, 1930 in Socorro to Gabriel and Plajares (Luna) Silva. She is survived by her sisters, Adela Lopez; Emelia Gallegos; Betty Sarate and husband, Stanley; and Cecilia Zamora and husband, Predicando; her brothers, Mike Silva and wife, Rosemary; and Ernest Silva and wife, Jennie; and many nieces, nephews, and other loving family members. Vickie was a resident of Socorro for over 40 years. She loved to play bingo and visit casinos. Vickie loved her family and was always there for all of them. They were her life, her pride and joy. She took care of everyone no matter what; she was the “care giver” of the family. Vickie was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 19 years, Napoleon “Napo” Gonzales; her parents; her sister, Masie Ramon; and her brothers, George; Nick; and Pete Silva. A Visitation will be held on Friday, May 27, 2011 from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm at the Daniels Family Funeral Services Socorro Chapel. A Rosary will be recited also on Friday, May 27, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the San Miguel Catholic Church. A Mass of Resurrection will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 10:00 am at San Miguel Catholic Church with Father, Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment will take place in the New San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers are Larry Silva, Tomas Baca, Cathy Soto, Flora Murillo, Bonnie Montoya, and Crystal Terrazas. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Vickie’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

GONZALEZ – Jorge Gonzalez went home to be an Angel with our lord and savior on February 9, 2011. Baby Jorge was born on October 26, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM to Jorge Gonzalez Sr. and Antonia Chavez. He is survived by his loving parents; his grandparents, Stevan Sr. and Jeanette Chavez; and Mary Lou Giron;  his God Parents, Pascual Giron Jr. and Desiree Briggs; his sister, Maria Gonzalez; his aunts, Kathy Chavez (Luciano Griego); Edith Chavez; and Josephine Chavez; his uncles, Stevan Chavez Jr.; and Hector Chavez; his cousin, Serjio Galaviz; and many other cousins. A Visitation will be held on Friday, February 11, 2011 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Daniels Family Funeral Services Socorro Chapel. A Mass of the Angels will be held also on Saturday, February 12, 2011 at the San Miguel Catholic Church at 11:00 am. Interment will take place in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers are Pascual Giron Jr., Stevan Chavez Jr., Hector Chavez, and Alfonso Chavez. Honorary Pallbearers are his sister, Maria and cousin, Serjio. Baby Jorge’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

GONZALES – Yvonne “Bonnie” T. Gonzales, age 52, a resident of Socorro, NM, passed away on Friday, March 18. She loved singing, dancing, watching her favorite television shows and playing horseshoes with her husband Michael. Bonnie always looked forward to the weekend with her daughter Dani, and enjoyed watching her daughters and her husband play softball. Bonnie would brighten up everyone’s heart especially in the morning. “My mother was a very wonderful person and she had that special laugh that everyone loved. She used to have fun with her friends and believe me she made it worth it to have fun.” She is preceded in death by her parents, Rudy and Sara Padilla Rivera; four brothers, Gilbert, Rollie, Tony and Rudy Rivera Jr. and sister, Mary Lou Hubern. Yvonne is survived by her loving husband of 35 years, Michael Gonzales; five children, Valentino Lopez and wife, Michelle Castillo, Leslie Chavez and husband, Daniel, Katherine Gonzales and husband, Nago, Danielle Gonzales and wife, Crystal Valenzuela and Elizabeth Gonzales and husband, Elvis Chavez; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild to be; two sisters, Margaret Lujan and Kathy Rivera, father and mother-in-law, Marcos and Lou Gonzales; five sister-in-laws and eight brother-in-laws. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. All services will be held at the San Miguel Catholic Church, 403 El Camino Real in Socorro, beginning with a viewing on Friday, March 25, at 8:00 a.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 8:30 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. Urn bearers will be Robert, Arthur, Andy, Joey, Marcos Jr. and Polo Pineda Jr. Honorary Urn bearer will be Freddie Martinez. Sign Bonnie’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM.

GRAHAM – Luis Watson Graham, 40, passed away Tuesday, November 23, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM. Luis was born on January 1, 1970 in La Grande, OR. to David and Ariopajita (Valadez) Graham. Luis is survived by his loving mother, Ariopajita Graham of Socorro, NM; his son Roberto Esquivel of Albuquerque; his daughter, River Baggs of Socorro; his devoted brother, David Graham and wife, Andra of Costa Mesa, Ca; his nieces and nephew, Bailey; Sophia; and Luke Hudson; and numerous cousins. He loved music and was a talented musician and songwriter. Luis was preceded in death by his father, David Sr. and one sister, Virginia Graham. Cremation has taken place but no formal services have yet been arranged. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to:  Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801.(575) 835-1530

GRANDJEAN – David J. Grandjean, beloved brother and uncle, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at Vista Care Hospice in Albuquerque after a brief illness. He was born in Albuquerque on November 8,1952. He is survived by his sister, Valerie Moore ofLemitar; nephew, Crockett Moore of Austin, Texas; niece Leanne Duree; great-nephew Taylor Duree; great-niece Caitlin Duree of Albuquerque; great-nephew Joshua Dennison of Albuquerque; nephew Toby Grandjean and family ofLemitar and many cousins and friends. David’s formative years were spent in Guam and Hawaii and he was an island boy at heart. Surfing was his passion, both long and short board and he had several custom surfboards. He was a master carpenter by trade and helped build many beautiful custom homes in Hawaii and California. Stairs were his specialty and he took great pride in his work. There wasn ‘t much he couldn’t accomplish in the construction industry. David moved to Lemitar to help his sister on the farm when she was widowed. His help, love and support helped her make it through a difficult time. This good, caring man will be greatly missed by his family and friends. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, January 16th from 5-9 at the Roadrunner Restaurant on California St. in Socorro. All family and friends are invited to attend and remember a wonderful man. If you have Hawaiian print, wear it in memory of this island boy. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Socorro Public Library or KNME TV, 1130 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, N.M. 87102.

GRAY – James “Ed” Gray, age 54, passed away on Wednesday June 15, 2011 in Socorro, NM surrounded by his loving family. Ed was born October 13, 1956 in Belen, NM to Henry C. and Pearl Marie (McSmith) Gray. He is survived by his loving mother, Marie Gray; his sisters Lynda Hinkeldey and husband, Gaylen; Sherrie Jojola and husband, Albert; Kathy Sage; and Karron Unruh; his brother, Damon Gray and wife, Cindy; and many special nieces and nephews who he loved as his own children.  Ed was a lifelong resident of the Socorro area.  He worked many years as an electrician for his brother-in-law and for the VLA.  Ed was an avid Dallas Cowboy fan and enjoyed many hours of fishing and gardening.  He told his family when he gets to heaven he will be growing the largest and best tomatoes you can ever imagine.  Ed also was a master at the barbeque grill and loved grilling for his family.  Ed was preceded in death by his beloved father, grandparents, and a brother-in-law, Charley Sage, who he considered to be another brother. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, June 20, 2011 at 11:00 am with Pastor Bob Farmer at the First Baptist Church, 203 Spring Street, Socorro, NM  87801. Honorary Pallbearers are John Jojola, Jeremy Jojola, Waco Muse, Wes Muse, Bobby Sage, Cody Unruh, Albert Jojola, and Gaylen Hinkeldey. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Ed’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

GREEN – Ronald Dale Green, 52, entered into the arms of Our Heavenly Father on Tuesday, August 11, 2009. Beloved husband, son, and brother, he was a shining light placed on this earth for too little time, Ron passed quietly, in his sleep, at home in McKinney, TX.He is survived by wife Cindy Green and therapy dog Cheyenne of Wichita, KS, his parents Dale and Alma Green of Socorro; brother James Green, wife Yolanda and nephew Wesley, of Santa Fe; and sister Janet Green and husband Eddie Binder of Las Cruces. He is also survived by in-laws Donald and Shirley Gasper of Anthony, KS, sister in-law Gayla Fox, husband Mike, and sons Westin and Jarret of Harper, KS. He also leaves numerous aunts, cousins, relatives and friends in Kansas, New Mexico and Texas. Born November 4, 1956 in El Paso, TX, Ron grew up in Socorro. A three-sport letterman at Socorro High, he was an outstanding basketball player and proud graduate in 1974. At New Mexico State University, Ron played basketball for one year under legendary coach Lou Henson and went on to earn a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance in 1978. He was also a member of the national business fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi. Ron began his career working with the Federal Land Bank in Las Cruces, and transferred to Montrose, CO and then to Wichita, KS. He excelled in working with aviation finance, first working in Wichita at Raytheon then moving to Dallas, TX in 2007 to work for CIT Aerospace as Vice President of Portfolio Management. While in Wichita Ron met and married the love of his life, Cindy. They were wed on July 14, 1990. They both considered Wichita their home, even after moving to McKinney, TX. Ron, an accomplished golfer, returned to New Mexico Tech Golf Course to play in the Conrad Hilton Open and the Elfego Baca Shoot, which he won once. Ron played numerous tournaments in Wichita and had his “hole in one” at Tallgrass Country Club. His love of basketball led him to be an avid Wichita State University basketball supporter. Funeral arrangements are being made through Downing-Lahey Funeral Home, 6555 East Central, Wichita, KS. A funeral service for Ron will be held Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 1:30 p.m., College Hill United Methodist Church, 2930 E. 1st Street, Wichita KS. Visitation will held Tuesday, August 18, 2009, 6:00-7:30 pm at Downing – Lahey Funeral Home, 6555 East Central, Wichita, KS. A New Mexico memorial will be held in Socorro on Wednesday, August 19th, 2009 at 10 am at the First Presbyterian Church, 304 McCutcheon Ave. (next to the Socorro Public Library). Childhood friend, The Reverend Jack Baca will conduct the Socorro service with Rev. Laura Kuster. Ron Green Basketball Memorials are established at Wichita State University Foundation, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS , 67260 and New Mexico State University Foundation, P.O. Box 3590, Las Cruces, NM, 88003-8001.
 
GRIEGO – Carlos Griego passed away Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at his home in Socorro, NM. Carlos was born in Socorro on April 3, 1948 to Elfego and Carolina (Cuellar) Griego. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, “mi hija” Dolores Griego of Socorro; his devoted sons, Juan Carlos Griego and wife, Annalisa of Las Cruces, NM; and Miguel Griego of Socorro; two grandchildren, Jayben Espinoza; and Camille Griego; his brothers, Paul Cases and wife, Frances; David Griego and wife, Kathy; Richard Griego and wife, Julie; Elfego Griego Jr.; Levi Griego; Sam Griego; Anthony Griego; and Elmer Griego; his sisters Ida Ortega; and Geraldine Rael; his aunt, Frances Cuellar; special sister-in-law, Lily Silva; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and nieces. Carlos was a life long resident of Socorro. He was a retired US Postal worker and a member of San Miguel Catholic Church. He was also a Veteran of Vietnam serving with the US Army. Carlos was an avid golfer, winning several local and state wide tournaments. He loved his family and nieces and nephews dearly. A Memorial Rosary will be recited on Saturday, September11, 2010 at 9:30 am at San Miguel Catholic Church. A Mass of Resurrection will follow at 10:00 am with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment will take place in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. Honorary Pallbearers are Darryl Cases, David Griego Jr., Ricky Griego Jr., Daniel Kerr, Ray Gavi, Michael Olguin Jr., Richard G. Garcia, and Elfego Griego Jr. In Lieu of flowers, any memorial contributions can be made to The Socorro High School Golf Team or The Belen High School Golf Team. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

GRIEGO – David E. Griego, 61, passed away on Saturday, December 25, 2010 in Socorro, NM surrounded by his loving family. He was born June 20, 1949 to Elfego Griego and Caroline Cuellar. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Cathy Griego of Socorro; his devoted children, David Griego and wife, Barbara also of Socorro; and Elaine Montoya and husband Michael, of Bernalillo, NM; four grandchildren, Joshua; Madison; Jalen; and Tiara; his brothers, Paul Cases and wife, Frances; Rick Griego and wife, Julie; Elfego Griego Jr.; Levi Griego; Sam Griego; Anthony Griego; and Elmer Griego; his sisters, Ida Ortega; and Geraldine Rael; his aunt; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his beloved parents and his brother, Carlos Griego. David was a life long resident of Socorro. He was a self-employed carpenter and a devoted member of San Miguel Catholic Church. A Rosary will be recited on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 9:30 am at San Miguel Catholic Church. A Mass of Resurrection will follow at 10:00 am with Deacon Mike Ybarra as Celebrant. Interment will take place in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers are Daryl Cases, Rick Griego Jr., Joshua Griego, JC Griego, Miguel Griego, Robert Olguin, Tony Derryberry, and Jolinda Cuellar. Honorary Pallbearers are   Salo Griego, Mick Chavez, and Robert Chavez. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

GRIEGO – William “Billy” Griego, 49, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 7, 2011 in Long Beach, CA. Billy was born on February 26, 1962 in Socorro to Willie and Linda (Gonzales) Griego. He is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Cindy (Savedra) Griego; his devoted children, Shannan (Michael), Celeste (Daniel), and William (Christie); nine grandchildren, Dezirae, Michael, Jordan, and Marcus Armijo; Zabrina, Zariah, William Jr., and Zachary Griego; and Jasiah Esquivel; his loving mother, Linda; his father, Willie (Emily); his devoted sister, Pamela Griego; his grandmother, Eugenia Griego; and many other loving family members. Billy was a proud Veteran of the United States Army. He loved to fish and play basketball. Billy enjoyed cooking. He adored his children and grandchildren and loved spending time with them. Billy was a very giving person and would offer a helping hand to anybody. Billy was preceded in death by his grandparents, Manuel Griego; and Juan B. “JB” and Teresita (Trujillo) Gonzales. A Rosary will be recited on Monday, November 21, 2011 at 8:30 am at the San Miguel Catholic Church followed by a Mass of Resurrection at 9:00 am with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment will be held in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. Honorary Pallbearers are his loving children, Shannan, Celeste, and William. To view service information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Billy ‘s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield Street, Socorro, New Mexico, 87801. 575-835-1530
 
GRIFFAY – Rosie L. (Morphew) Buford Griffay, 83, passed away on Friday, June 3, 2011 in Las Cruces, NM. Rosie was born on March 18, 1928 in Jenny Lind, AR to Joseph E. and Rosie Lee (Curd) Morphew. She is survived by her loving and devoted children, Robert A. Buford; Shirley A. Alexander and husband, Robert; Richard Buford; Christine Stevens and husband, Stanley; Edward E. Buford and wife, Lisa; Julia L. Griffay; William T. Griffay; Johnny R. Griffay; and Betty F. Williams; 24 grandchildren; 17 ½ great grandchildren; her sister, Betty Ruth Keesler; and her brother, Bill Morphew. Rosie was a lifelong resident of New Mexico after residing in Arkansas, Oregon, and California for a short while. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist church and the DAV axially. Rosie loved to read in her Bible and enjoyed listening to Gospel music. Rosie was an avid gardener and was an expert at canning just about anything. She was preceded in death by her beloved husbands, Harold Robert Buford; and William Ray Griffay. Also preceding her in death were her granddaughter, Charlotte Rose Alexander; her sister, Beaulah Wallace; and brothers, Enis Morphew; Joseph Morphew; and Thomas E. Morphew. A  Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at the Daniels Family Funeral Services Socorro Chapel at 10:00 am with Pastor Hugh Rogers. Honorary Pallbearers are Stanley Stevens, Tyrel Cason, Bob Alexander, Bobby Alexander, Chip Welty, Jason Williams, William T. Griffay, Johnny R. Griffay, Robert A. Buford, Richard Buford, and Edward E. Buford. In Lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.  To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Rosie’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

GUTIERREZ – Damacio Arturo, 85, passed away peacefully Friday, November 18, 2011. He was born on July 22, 1926 to Damacio and Esther (Gonzalez) Gutierrez, in Lemitar, NM. He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife, Selfa Gutierrez, his son, Frankie Gutierrez, and his daughter, Betty Gutierrez. Damacio was a resident of Socorro. He was a proud Veteran of the United States Army. Damacio loved driving around town and he visited the cemetery faithfully every day. Damacio is survived by his sons, Eddie Gutierrez, Leroy Gutierrez and wife, Christine, and Damacio Gutierrez all of Lemitar; his daughters, Esther Romero of Belen, NM and Berlinda Armijo of Albuquerque, NM; his sister,Viola Carrejo and his brother, Hilario Gutierrez both of Albuquerque; 22 loving grandchildren, and 23 great grandchildren. A Rosary was recited on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 7:00 PM at San Miguel Catholic Church. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 9:00 AM at San Miguel Catholic Church with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment will take place in the Lemitar Cemetery. Pallbearers are Andres Gutierrez, Kenny Romero, Dustin Romero, Rudy Gutierrez, Ethan Gutierrez, Uriah Armijo, Leroy Gutierrez, Tony Garza, Christopher Gutierrez, Marcial Gutierrez, Julio Gutierrez, and Jacob Gutierrez. To view service information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Damacio’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, New Mexico, 87801. 575-835-1530
 
GUTIERREZ – Tillie Gutierrez, 66, entered eternal rest on Sunday March 20, 2011 in Socorro, New Mexico. She is survived by her husband, Jaime Gutierrez; 2 daughters, Yvonne Hundley and Anna Gutierrez of the Dallas Area. Tillie is also survived by 3 grandchildren, Gage, Coy, and Brisa Hundley; mother, Ramona Diaz; 2 sisters, Erlinda Diaz of Albuquerque and Natalia Duran (Fred) of Sunland, CA as well as numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her dad, Braulio Diaz and a brother Ralph Diaz. Visitation will begin Friday March 25, 2011 at Baca’s Funeral Chapels in Silver City at 10 o’clock in the morning followed by the Catholic Funeral Liturgy at 11 o’clock. Deacon Richard Rodriguez will officiate.  Internment and concluding services will follow at the Hurley Cemetery. Tillie was born October 28, 1944 in Grant County to Ramona Provencio and Braulio Diaz. She married Jaime Gutierrez in Silver City on August 18, 1964 and her professional career was working in all aspects of the insurance industry. Her favorite pastimes were spending time with her grandchildren, fishing, camping and working with arts and crafts. Pallbearers will include; Gage and Coy Hundley, Chris Conklin, Cosme Gutierrez, Alexis Gutierrez and Damien Gutierrez.  Honorary bearers are, Roger, Roger Jr. and Ronnie Dominguez. To send condolences, please login to: www.bacasfuneralchapels.com Entrusted to the care of Baca’s Funeral Chapels of Silver City, Baca’s Silver City Crematory, 3805 Delk Drive. Phone 388-2334.

HALLS – Agnes M. Halls, 96, passed away on Thursday, May 6, 2010 in Socorro, NM. Agnes was born in Bronx, New York on January 31, 1914 to Oswald and Theresia (Wergles) Steiner. She is survived by her loving and devoted children, Marian Vassello of Huntington, NY; Susanne Reisner of Homossasa, FL; Barbara Duncan of Huntington Station, NY; Marjorie Bassler of Albuquerque, NM; Allen Bassler of Datil, NM; and Eva Cox of Proctersville, VT; 11 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild. Agnes is preceded in death by Edwin Johnsen Bassler; Leon I. Caldwell; Rainford R. Halls; sister, Marian Brown; and son, Edwin “Butch” Bassler. A Memorial Rosary will be recited on Friday, May 14, 2010 at 8:30 am at San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro, NM with  a Memorial  Mass of Resurrection immediately following with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, gifts and memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritain Society of Socorro, 1203 Highway 60, Socorro, NM 87801.  Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530.

HANSON – Marie F. Hanson, July 11, 1915- August 13, 2010. Marie (Frederickson) Hanson passed away August 13, 2010 at Good Samaritan Village in Socorro, NM. She was born July 11, 1915 to Axel and Ingeborg Frederickson in Frankfort, MI. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Chester; her second husband, Nels; her son, Carl; and daughter, Christine. Marie is survived by her daughter, Ann Hansen and husband, Ray Abbott of Socorro, six grandchildren, several great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and step-son Eric Hanson and wife, Hilda and children of Albuquerque, NM. She lived in Frankfort, MI until Marie, Chester, and family moved to Las Cruces, NM in 1946. She was one of the founders and a charter member of Peace Lutheran Church in Las Cruces. She was also a member of Order of Eastern Star and Beta Sigma Phi. Marie moved to Socorro in 1999 to live with Ann and Ray. As a result of an injury she moved to Good Samaritan Village in 2004. A Memorial Service will be held at the Peace Lutheran Church in Las Cruces, NM, on Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Jeanne Lutz officiating. Interment will be held in the Masonic Cemetery also in Las Cruces at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Socorro Good Samaritan Village. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

HARDEN – Neva N. (Stevens) Harden, 85, passed away peacefully, Monday, November 21, 2011 at Good Samaritan Village in Socorro, NM. She was born on June 27, 1926 to Fred and Annette (Walker) Stevens, in Oscoda, MI. Neva was preceded in death by her beloved parents and her son Eric Harden. Neva is survived by her devoted son, Paul Harden and wife Jan of Socorro, NM; her loving daughter, Janelle Harden of Albuquerque, NM; her sister, Maxine Parmelee of Bellaire, MI; two grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and two nephews. Neva earned her bachelor’s degree in English and Literature from Michigan State University and her master’s degree from Denver University. She taught English, English as a Second Language, and served as a foreign student advisor at Denver University, Southern Colorado State College in Pueblo, CO, and Adams State College in Alamosa, CO. Later in life, she formed a publishing company (Horizon Communications) and was a professional grant writer while living in Albuquerque. She loved reading, writing, and music and played the piano and organ. She became a resident at Good Samaritan Village in Socorro in 2009 to be close to family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given in Neva’s honor to Good Samaritan Society, 1202 Hwy 60 W., Socorro, NM 87801. To view service information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Neva’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, New Mexico, 87801. 575-835-1530
 
HARRIS – Gertrude Har r i s , a ge 9 5, passed away in Mesa, AZ, quietly with her family around her after a brief illness. Gertrude formerly of San Antonio, New Mexico was a long time member of First Baptist Church in Socorro. She was preceded in death by her parents Walter & Ollie Duncan, her husband Dennis Harris Sr, two grandsons Steve Bean & Kenneth Edward West, son-in-law Joe Bean, and two brothers Bill & Lonnie Duncan. She is survived by children, Pat (Homer) West of St. Charles, AR. Carolyn Bean of Mesa, AZ and Dennis (Margene) Harris of San Antonio, NM. Eight grandchildren, sixteen great grand children, & seven great great grandchildren. Memorial Service is Saturday May 28, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. First Baptist Church 203 Spring St. Socorro, NM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to NM Baptist Children’s Home, PO Box 629 Portales, NM 88130; or to Hospice of the Valley 1510 E. Flower St. Phoenix, AZ 85014.

HARRIS – Hazel Harris, Hazel Harris died at home in Socorro, NM on Saturday, September 2011 at the age of 91. Gareth Harris, son, and Noelle Harris, granddaughter, will hold an informal reception in her honor on Thursday, September 8th at 7PM at the family residence, 1213 Calle de Lago, Socorro, NM 87801. Hazel had been living in Socorro about 11 years with her son, Gareth Harris. She is also survived by her sister Annelle Williams of Atlanta, her grandson Tal Harris of Newport News. VA and her granddaughter Noelle Harris of Austin, TX. She was born in Vienna, GA and her parents are George and Dessa Adams. She was  a long time resident of Marietta, GA and St. Petersburg, FL.
 
HATCH – Sean Eugene Hatch, 36, of Avondale, AZ died after a long illness on August 28, 2009, at Promise Hospital in Phoenix AZ. Sean was born January 15, 1973, in Albuquerque, NM, to Teresha and Rodney Hatch II. He graduated from Belen High School and later attended New Mexico Tech where he received Bachelor degrees in Mathematics and Physics in 1995. He went on to receive a Masters in Mathematics in 1996. Sean achieved a 4.0 GPA throughout his academic years. Sean was employed by Lockheed Martin in Goodyear, AZ as a Research Scientist. Sean enjoyed reading technical books, solving impossible math problems and playing with the latest electronic gadgets. Sean could also be found shooting and hiking with his friends from work. Sean will be greatly missed by his family and everyone who knew him. He is survived by his wife, Tamara Hernandez; two sons Allan Sebastian, age 4 and Evan Vincent, age 2; his parents Teresha and Rodney Hatch II of Belen, NM; his sister Darhla (Hatch) Gilson, brother-in-law James and their children Joseph and Virginia of Albuquerque, NM; and his grandparents June and Rodney Hatch, Sr. of Albuquerque, NM. Visitation was held on Friday, September 4th followed by a sevice at French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM. Interment followed at Terrace Grove Cemetery, Belen, NM. Services were also held on Tuesday, Sept 1 in Litchfield Park, AZ. Sean believed in the importance of higher education and desired to see his children achieve their own academic success. For more information, please send an e-mail to: HatchCollegeFund@gmail.com for details.
 
HAWKES – Barbara Ann Hawkes, 80. She is survived by her husband James Hawkes of the home; her son, James Wesley Skie and wife, Vickie Hawkes of Pryor, OK; grandchildren, Tres Hawkes, Chad Hawkes, Toni Roberts, Toni Heathcock and great grandchildren, Ashley, Caitlynn, Cayde, Ty, Camree, Payton; her brother, Gorgon P. Stirling and wife, Margaret of San Diego, CA; several nieces and nephews and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Reverand Gordon and Ollie Stirling; her sister, Bell and husband, Cecil Whhite; her sister, Dee and husband Shirley Gerard.
 
HAZARD – Helen Isabel Hazard, 80, passed away Monday, December 20, 2010 in Socorro, NM. Helen was born on May 21, 1930 in Syracuse, NY to Earl and Martha (Spinning) Ashton. She is survived by her sons, David Hazard, Douglas Hazard, and Daniel Hazard; her sister, Jean Herzog; five grandchildren; nieces Deborah Murillo and husband George , Martha Jean Fairbanks and husband Robert ; nephew Robert Otis; and numerous other nieces and nephews. Helen was a Socorro resident since the early 80’s. Helen enjoyed playing classical music on the piano which she did quite beautifully. A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 pm, Wednesday December 29, 2010 at the Socorro Good Samaritan Village, 1203 Hwy 60 W. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Helen’s honor to Socorro Good Samaritan Village, 1203 Hwy 60 W, Socorro, NM 87801 or the Socorro General Hospital Hospice, 1202 Hwy 60 W, Socorro, Nm 87801. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to:  Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

HEATH – Nate Heath, 81, passed away at his home in Socorro on December 31, 2009. He was born April 14, 1928 in Silver City, UT to Delbert Heath and Margaret Gertrude Lee. Nate married Golda MacJordan on November 23, 1963 in Butte, NE. They had 3 children. He was preceded in death by his parents, 9 brothers and sisters, son Jerry Allen Heath, daughter Debborah Lynne Heath, and great grandsons Aries Heath and Manuel Juanito Gonzales Jr. He is survived by his wife of 46 years Goldie; daughter Barbara Jane Sanchez; son Nathan Wally Moon of Pecos, TX; grandsons Joseph M. Padilla, Christopher N. Heath, and Henry A. Padilla; granddaughters Victoria Nicole Romero and Desiree Cassandra Romero; great grandsons Christopher N. Heath II and Joseph M. Padilla III. Nate proudly served in the Unites States Army during the Korean War. He was an active member of the Disabled American Veterans in Socorro and a member of the Latter Day Saints Church. A memorial service will be held at the Latter Day Saints Church in Socorro, NM on January 9, 2010 beginning at 11:00 am.

HEETER – Joseph Russell Heeter Sr., 58, passed away on Saturday, August 8, 2009 at his home in Lemitar, NM. He was born November 9, 1950 in Warsaw, IN to Arthur T. and Rosemary (Riggins) Heeter. Joseph is preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Arhtur L. Heeter; and sister, Marjorietta Sloan. He is survived by his wife, Julia Griffay Heeter of the family home in Lemitar; son, Joseph R. Heeter Jr. of Warsaw, IN; daughter, Rosie Cothran and husband, William S. Sr. of Warsaw; step-son, Edward C.R. McGinnis and fiance, Tasha of Albuquerque, NM; sister, Margaret R. Morrow of Granbury, TX; grandchildren: Angel M. Cothran, William S. Cothran Jr., Austin M. Heeter, Chrissie Heeter, Alexander Heeter and Andrew Heeter. Graveside Services were held onThursday, August 13, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the Magdalena, NM cemetery. Cremation arrangements were under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. 575-835-1530.
 
HEISS – Elwood David Heiss Jr., 53, passed away on Friday, August 28, 2009 in Magdalena, NM. David was born in Potrerillos, Chile to Lucy Pino and Elwood David Heiss. He resided in California until he moved to Magdalena to attend the New Mexico Institute of Technology. He loved Magdalena and its people so much he decided to remain the rest of his life there where he had many cousins to involve him in woodcutting, bull riding, riding horses, hunting, and many other activities. David loved the mountains and often went off by himself to spend a few weeks in his favorite spots in the woods. David is survived by his former wife, Julie Heiss; their three children, Ty Heiss, Brandee Grolieu, and Coty Heiss; his mother, Lucy Pino; his sisters: Adrienne Mathewson, Nicole Vjaters, Natalie Tartaglia, and Stephanie Pino-Heiss; his aunts: Mary Rose Pino, Naomi Pino, and Darlene Pino; his uncle, Arthur Pino; 2 grandchildren; 5 nieces and newphews; and many cousins. Cremation has taken place and his ashes will be scattered during a Memorial Service held on Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at the Montoso Camp. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575)835-1530.
 

HELMS – Gladys Helms, 93, passed away on April 1, 2011.Gladys was born to Ed and Florence (Howes) Van Landingham in Gurdon, AR, on February 6, 1918. Gladys and family moved to Cloudcroft, NM, when she was 10 years old. At the age of 17, her parents, two brothers, Charles and Bob VanLandingham and younger sister, Joyce moved to Socorro. Gladys worked as a waitress at the Vagabond Café for 17 years until she retired at the age of 75. Gladys liked to go for long walks, read and watch old movies. She is survived by four daughters, Sherron Racy of Anderson, CA; Linda Barnes of Myrtle Creek, OR; Teresa Muse of Rio Rancho, NM; and Jonnie Crespin of Socorro, NM;10 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and 11 great great grandchildren. Gladys’s care has been entrusted to:  Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

HENDERSON – Bernold J. “Bern” Henderson, 80, Passed away On Monday, December 21, 2009, in Truth-or-Consequences, NM. Bern was born in Dusty, NM on February 14, 1929 to Bart L. and Rachel E. (Ramsey) Henderson. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Carlota (Sanchez) Henderson of Magdalena, NM; son, T.J. Henderson of Grove City, OH; daughters, Terrie L. Romer of Las Cruces, NM; and Rachel I. Buford of College Station, TX; grandchildren, J.T. Buford; Christina I. Henderson- Jimenez; Velinda Henderson- Armijo Gonzales; 2nd Lt. B.J. Buford;Trinitty Dawn Henderson; and Cindy Mae Henderson; great grandchildren, K-Von Armijo-Jimenez; Antonio (AC) Gonzales; Zackery (ZZ) Gonzales, Anissa Denae (AD) Gonzales; and Kaya Armijo-Jimenez. Bern served in the US Army during the Korean War, attended NM Tech, and later worked as a Maintenance Supervisor for the NM State Hiway Department for 23 years. He was also a Rancher. Bern was a member of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. He cooked BBQ for the church for 11 years and also for Old Timers in which he was a life member. He was also a life member of DAV, VFW, and American Legion. Bern was in a band and played for many functions. He was proficient with 11 different instruments. Bern loved to sing, play his fiddle and banjo, hunt, and cook. A Rosary will be recited Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 10:00 am at St. Mary  Magdalene Catholic Church in Magdalena with a Communion Service  following with Deacon  Nick Keller. Burial will take place in the Magdalena Cemetery. Cremation  Arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575)835-1530.
 
HERRERA – Beatrice Terry Herrera, 75, passed away on Friday, April 8, 2011 in Albuquerque, NM. Bea was born on January 1, 1936 in Polvadera, NM to Serafin and Petronila Padilla. She is survived by her loving husband, Miguel Herrera; her devoted children, Victor Joseph Herrera; Michael Steven Herrera Jr. and companion, Josette Chavez; Bernice Montoya and husband, Tony; her daughter-in-law, Liz Lucero; her grandchildren, Delicia; Christopher and wife, Erika; Jeremy and wife, Stephanie; Mireya; Lissa; Victor Lee; Rachel and partner, Amanda; Lianne, and Joseph; her great grandchildren, Janisa; Maritza; Jayraina; Shayanna; Jessenia; Ymaila; Trinity; and Diego; her brothers, Joe Padilla and wife, Helen; Gabriel Padilla; and Valentine Padilla and wife, Tillie; her sisters, Virginia Ulibarri; and Esperenza Armola and husband, Raymond; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bea was a lifelong resident of Polvadera and a member of the San Lorenzo Catholic Church. She enjoyed being a Mayordomos for the church. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters and the Legion of Mary but her passion was going on pilgrimages. She loved cooking, baking, and planting in her garden. Bea loved to visit casinos, camping, and fishing, but most of all she loved just spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and three sisters. A Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 13, 2011 from 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro, NM followed by a Rosary at 7:00 pm. A Mass of Resurrection will be held on Wednesday, April 14, 2011 at 9:00 am at The San Lorenzo Catholic Church in Polvadera, NM with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment will be in the Polvadera Cemetery. Pallbearers are Christopher Montoya, Jeremy Herrera, Victor Lee Herrera, Joseph Herrera, Rachel Herrera, and Lianne Herrera. Honorary Pallbearer is Diego Herrera. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, Ok 73123-1718.   To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Bea’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. 575-835-1530

HERRERA – Flavio Ricardo Herrera, age 62, passed away peacefully Monday, October 17, 2011 in Socorro, NM. He was born January 27, 1949 to Joe  and Angelina (Armijo) Herrera, in Socorro, NM.   He was a lifetime resident of the Socorro area. He was a decorated Vietnam Veteran and  love the outdoors doing many things including hunting, fishing, jogging.  He was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Angelina A. Herrera.  Flavio is survived by his loving wife, Denise Herrera; two sons, Flavio Herrera, Ricardo (Patricia) Herrera; three stepsons, Ryan Parks, Nicholas Rivera, Andrew  Rivera; four granddaughters; one very devoted sister, Helen (George) Salome; two brothers, Polo  (Yolanda) Herrera, Mike Herrera; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins . Rosary to be recited on Thursday, October 20, 2011, at 10:00 am at San Miguel Catholic Church, 403 El Camino Real , Socorro. A Communion service will be celebrated on Thursday, October 20, 2011, at 10:30 AM following the rosary, with Deacon Mike Ybarra officiating.  Burial will take place at San Miguel Catholic Cemetery  following service. Pallbearers will be Edmund Olguin, Art Ortiz, Nicholas Rivera, Andrew Rivera, J P Herrera, Ricardo Herrera .  Honorary pallbearers are David Roady, Eddie Aragon, Johnny Zamora, Rick Montano Sr. and all of Flavio’s friends . To view service information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com  Flavio’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St, Socorro, New Mexico, 87801.  575-835-1530
 
HIDALGO – Pablo Pedro Hidalgo, 24, passed away on Monday, November 30, 2009 at home in Polvadera, NM. Pablo was born on November 19, 1985 in Socorro, NM to Raymond, “Monch” and Alicia (Padilla) Hidalgo. He is survived by his Parents, Raymond “Monch” and Alicia Hidalgo of Polvadera; Brothers, Jesus Hidalgo and Wife Darci Deschamp of Las Cruces, NM; Jaime Hidalgo and Wife Michelle Castillo of Polvadera; Nephews, Adrian Hidalgo; Damian Hidalgo; Nieces, Lianna Carillo, and Audri Carillo. Pablo is preceded in death by his Grandparents, Isabel and Esther Padilla; and Ramon and Virginia Hidalgo. A visitation was held at Steadman-Hall Funeral Home in Socorro, NM on Friday, December 4, 2009, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Arrangements were under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575) 835-1530.
 
HOBBS-BURTON – D. “Oleta” Hobbs-Burton passed away June 19, 2010. Born on May 13, 1919 in Loop, Texas to Lonnie and Fannie Effie Wright. She was preceded in death by her parents and husbands, George Allen Hobbs; and Fredrick J. Burton; her sisters, Alma Florence Merrick; Shirley Ilene Weatherbee; Meta Fay Groff; and her brothers, Willis Orbry Wright; Lonnie Lindburgh Wright; Herbert Wayne Wright; Oswald Lee Wright; and  Bill Wright. Oleta lived in Old Springs, NM, Reserve, NM, Quemado, NM and Albuquerque, NM. She also lived a short time in Colorado and Arizona. Oleta was a pioneering lady of many talents, she worked as a bartender at “Uncle Bills” for many years, she worked and managed the Sweet Shop Café and she worked as a furrier at Harpers Furs and seamstress foe Sears Draperies. One of her passions was quilting at the Catron County Senior Center, in her early retirement years; she made beautiful quilts for her children and grandchildren. Oleta is survived by her sister, Laura Merrick of Portales, NM and four children, Doris Jean Norris of Las Cruces, NM; Donald Lee and Caroline Hobbs of Quemado, NM; Elvin “Al” Roy and Cheri Hobbs of El Paso, TX; Sharon Faye and Ron Malone of Albuquerque, NM. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Dan; Laura; Kenny; Loretta; Todd; Cindy; Mark and Kelly; fourteen great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. A Funeral Service will be held Thursday, June 24,2010 at 10:00 am at The Community Center in Reserve, NM, with Mr. Jack Merrick presiding. Burial will take place in the Reserve Cemetery, Reserve, NM. Pallbearers are Danny Norris, Kenny Norris, Justin Smith, and Todd Hobbs.    Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

HOUSTON – James Allen, a resident of Charlotte, NC, passed away on December 1, 2009. He was born January 15, 1935 in Cimarron, N.M. His parents Ben & Bonnie Houston preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife Cynthia, two sons, James Spencer and Mace Allan, four grandchildren, Sam, Andy, Kendall and Allison, one brother Vernon Houston and wife Betty. After graduation from NMIMT, Allan worked a short time for Honolulu Oil Co. before joining the wallboard industry. He worked for US Gypsum before affiliating with National Gypsum. He served as plant manager for several National Gypsum plants before becoming a director in the company. He retired from National Gypsum. Later he became a consulting engineer in the construction of wallboard plants round the globe in many foreign countries. Allan was an avid golfer, a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed. Services will be at the Providence Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC Saturday at 4:OO  p.m.
 
HUST – Clark B. Hust, 68, passed away at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 28, 2010. Clark was born in Deming, New Mexico on November 22, 1941 to Clayton T. and Lennie Mae (Metts) Hust. He was a Veteran of the U. S. Army – 101st Airborne Division; life member of the N.R.A; Magdalena Baptist Church; Senior Pro Rodeo Tour which he loved to rodeo; thorobred horse racing and was very close and protective of his family. Clark is survived by his wife, Kay Hust of Las Cruces, New Mexico; son, Clay and wife, Amy Hust of Queen Creek, Arizona; daughter, Cindy Hust of Las Cruces, NM; two grandchildren – Cody and Hannah Hust; two sisters, Fain Brewer of Las Cruces, NM and Barbara L. Massis of Norton, Mass. Services will be conducted on Saturday, September 4, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church (TorC) with Rev. Dudley Bristow officiating. Serving as Casket Bearers are Robert Zamora, James Guin, Richard Montoya, David Henslee, Leonard Goad and Richard Torres. Interment will follow in the Vista Memory Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are by Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc., 303 N. Cedar St. For online condolences – go to – www.kirikosfamilyfuneralhome.com

IRELAN – Services for Robert Irelan will be held Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 2:00 p.m., Steadman-Hall Funeral Home.

JENNINGS – Dorothy Jean Jennings passed away on Wednesday, April 14, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM after a short illness. She was born in Cumby, TX on May 26, 1922 to Jess and Ethel (Gaines) Easley. She spent her childhood in Claunch, NM and came to Socorro in 1936. She married Gerald Dee Jennings in 1938 and had two sons, Terry L. and Jerry R. Jennings. Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband, Gerald in 1997; her brother, Glen Easley; and sister, Doris Finch Boyd. She is survived by her sons, Terry L. and wife, Beth  of Socorro; and Jerry R. and wife, Patti of Salt Lake, UT; her brother,Jess Easley Jr. of Socorro; sister, Bobbie Hightower of Winston Salem, NC; seven grandchildren: Don Jennings of Las Vegas, NV; Robin Fine and husband, Fred of Las Vegas, NV; Kirk Jennings and wife, Loren of Park City, UT; Traci Kenyon and husband, Steve of Salt Lake, UT; Sherri Prather of Socorro; Donna Martinez and husband, Benny of Corpus Christi, TX; and Robin Stendel of Albuquerque; fifteen great grandchildren and five great great grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held Monday, April 19, 2010 at 10:30 am at Steadman-Hall Funeral Home in Socorro with Rev. Paul Holt Officiating. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575)835-1530.
 
JEWETT – John M. Jewett, 82, passed away August 15, 2010 at his home in Socorro, NM, after fighting a losing battle with Esophagus Cancer. He was born in Laconia, NH on February 26, 1928, the son of Maurice and Hattie (Morrison) Jewett. He spent most of his life in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region and resided in Belmont, NH for 25 years before moving to Socorro in 1997. He attended Laconia Schools and was a graduate of Laconia High School, Class of 1946. He also attended Tilton School and the University of Maine. John was a World War II Navy Veteran and served as a Damage Control man aboard the Battleship Wisconsin. He was a member of the U.S.S. Wisconsin Assoc., The American Battleship Assoc., The Bainbridge NTC Historical Assoc., and The American Legion Post 64 of Socorro. He had been employed by the New Hampshire Dept. of Transportation for 24 years, retiring in 1988. He was a Highway Surveyor and Design Engineer and worked as a Survey Supervisor for 16 years. John had also been employed by the U.S. Forest Service in Colorado, The New Mexico Highway Dept., and Consulting Engineers in York, PA. He was a registered Professional Engineer and Professional Surveyor. John was also known as a musician and played drums for numerous musical organizations over the years. After he retired, he played in “Uncle El’s Golden Oldies”, Laconia, NH and Rev. Ed Adams’ “Good Sam’s Band”, Socorro. He also enjoyed writing in his retirement years and his first book of Navy Memoirs “Once Upon A Wagon” was published in 2003. As a youth, he was active in the Boy Scouts and attained the rank of Eagle Scout. John is survived by his wife of 52 years, Pauline Livernois Jewett; one sister, Ann Saad of Greenland, NH; and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Socorro General Hospital- Hospice or to the Good Samaritan Nursing Home, Socorro, NM. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, August 20, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Daniels Family Funeral Services, Socorro Chapel with Rev. Edward Adams officiating.  Interment will take place at a later date in the Sanbornton Union Cemetery in  New Hampshire. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

JIRON – Alphonse Jiron, affectionately known to all as “Uncle Al”, 94, beloved grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 14, 2011. He was born in Capitan, New Mexico in 1917 to Jacobo and Lilly Jiron, and spent the better part of his youth in Quemado and Reserve, N.M. He worked as a water boy for the cattle drives between Quemado and Magdalena. It was during this time that he honed his skills as an expert hunter and fisherman, which he continued to enjoy throughout his life. He took great pride in teaching his  beloved nephews everything he knew about the great outdoors. He was also a self-styled guitarist and photographer. Uncle Al never met a stranger, loved to tell jokes and his sense of humor was evident the minute you met him. In his teen years, his family moved to Santa Fe and he joined the Civilian Conservation Corp working in road construction. During World War II he volunteered to drive military trucks transporting ammunition to the depots in Flagstaff, Arizona. While in Flagstaff, he met and married Janet Glenn, and soon after, moved to Albuquerque where he was employed by Sandia National Laboratories as a physical plant supervisor. He retired from the labs after 30 years of outstanding service. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janet in 1999; his parents; brothers, Pat and Jake Jiron; sisters, Sally Baca and Virginia Quillen; brothers-in-law, Louie Baca, Jack Quillen, and Arno Romero and sister-in-law, Carmen Jiron. Al is survived by his grandson, Mike Glenn and his wife, Cheryl; his loving great-grandchildren, Teagun and Sterling Glenn; loving sister, Barbara Romero; aunt, Viola Jackson and sister-in-law, Dorothy Jiron. Uncle Al is survived by many loving nephews, nieces, and very special friends, Bob Raught, Joann Gaines and Becky. A Graveside Service will be held at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens on Friday, September 23, at 11:00 a.m. A very special thank you to his loving nephews Nick and Ben Romero who have been his devoted caregivers for the past four years and to the staff and residents at Brookdale Place for all their wonderful care and friendship. Sign Al’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM.
 
JOHNSON – Jess W. Johnson, 48, passed away on Saturday, April 2, 2011 in Albuquerque, NM. Jess was born December 2, 1962 to James H. and Jean (Terry) Johnson in Raton, NM. He is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Darlene (Langstaff) Johnson of Lemitar, NM; his adored daughters, Jazmine Johnson of Lemitar; Rosa Otero of Albuquerque; and Denise Otero of Las Cruces, NM; his devoted mother, Jean Johnson of Lemitar; his sister, Jody Johnson also of Lemitar; his brother, Don Johnson of Lopez, WA; his niece, Katie Johnson of Lemitar; his mother-in-law, Myrtle Langstaff of Lemitar; and numerous other family members. Jess was a resident of Lemitar for 31 years. He was a hard working man and a jack of all trades; he loved working on Metal lathes and Drilling rigs. He enjoyed hunting on occasion and loved to watch the sun set. He always had a special love for cats. Through his blue eyes you could see the love and affection he had for his entire family. He especially loved to watch his daughter, Jazmine, his pride and joy, play soccer. Jess is preceded in death by his father, James H. Johnson, November 2008; and his brother, Terry Johnson, September 2007. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 1:00 pm at The Daniels Family Funeral Services Socorro Chapel with Pastor Bob Farmer officiating. A reception will follow the services at the family home in Lemitar.   To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Jess’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

JOHNSTON – Herman E. Johnston, age 88, a resident of Belen, passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2011. He was Born in Floyd, NM. Herman proudly served in the United States Air Force during WWII. He loved to play dominos and pinochle. Herman is preceded in death by his son, Wesley Johnston. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Mozelle Johnston; daughter-in-law, Darlene Johnston of Los Lunas; three brothers; one sister; sister-in-law, Lola Barrett and many friends. All services for Herman will be private. Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W Reinken Ave., where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com

JOJOLA – Marian Jojola, 89, passed away on Thursday, February 4, 2010 in Socorro, NM. Marian was born in Socorro on April 4, 1920 to Lucas and Catalina (Gallegos) Torres. She is survived by sons, Lucas Jojola and wife, Sherry of Albuquerque,NM; Henry Jojola Jr. of Socorro; Raymond Jojola of Georgetown,TX; Daughter, Toni Torres and husband, Willie of Socorro; daughter-in-law, Annie Jojola; sister, Josefita Jojola of Albuquerque; sisters-in-law, Frances Sarate of Socorro; Lena Silva of Albuquerque; Grandchildren, Raymond Torres; Kathy Torres; Michael Gallegos; Henry Jojola III; Chris Jojola; Laura Jojola; Christopher Jojola; Stephen Jojola; Elias Jojola; Carl Jojola; Jason Jojola; Loralei Gallegos; Nichole Gallegos; Great Grandchildren, Shannon Peralta; Alisa Torres; Sherree Torres; Amy Peralta; Kendra Peralta; Raymond Torres Jr.; Gabrielle Peralta; Candice Jojola; Chantilly Gallegos; Henry Jojola IV; Cody Howes; Justin Angel; Maray Angel; McKennah Jojola; Mathiew Jojola; Christian Jojola; Zyan Jojola; Cory Sanchez; great-great-grandchildren, Gabriel Jojola; Christine Peralta; Amanda Torres; Jordan Torres; Isaac Gonzales; Nathaniel Gonzales; Ma’Leah Brown; Trinity Torres; Troy Torres; Jeremy Valenzuela; and a cherished niece, Margaret Torres. Marian is preceded in death by her husband, Henry Jojola Sr.; son, Eloy Jojola; daughter, Mary Gallegos; and daughter-in-law, Marie Jojola; A Rosary was recited at San Miguel Catholic Church on Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at 10:00AM in Socorro with  a Mass of Resurrection immediately following  with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial took place in the San Miguel  Cemetery. Pallbearers were SFC Raymond Torres, Henry Jojola III, Michael Gallegos, Chris Jojola, Stephen Jojola, and Cory Sanchez. Arrangements were under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM . (575)835-1530

JUAREZ – Santos Ruiz  Juarez, 59 passed away on Friday, January 7, 2011 in Truth or Consequences, NM. No Formal Services have been scheduled at this time. Those who wish to send condolences online may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to:  Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. 575-835-1530

KELLY – James F. Kelly, 86, passed away on Monday, May 17, 2010 in Socorro, NM. James was born March 25, 1924, to Frank and Francis Elizabeth (Tinguely) Kelly, in Las Vegas, NV. He is survived by his loving wife of 56years, Anabel L. (Everett) Kelly of Water Canyon, NM; his daughters, Kate Kelly and husband, Pete Urban of Peoria, AZ; and Barthy Byrd and husband, Terry Arble of Las Cruces, NM; his brother, Tom Kelly and wife, Hilda of Water Canyon, NM; and several nieces and nephews. James was a Veteran of WWII serving with the US Army Air Corp. He retired after many years with the Bureau of land Management and also taught farming and ranching at the Alamo Reservation in Alamo, NM. James was an active member of the Magdalena and Socorro Masonic Lodge. He is preceded in death by his parents, and his son, Bret Byrd, (October 2009). According to his wishes Cremation has taken place and no formal services will be held at this time. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at: www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575)835-1530
 
KING – Frank Otis King (Buddy) of Center, Texas passed away November 29, 2010 from complications of pneumonia. He was 69 years old. Frank was a past resident of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. He was born in Magdalena, NM on November 17, 1942 to Frank and Dolores King. He attended school in Escondido and Socorro, NM. He was a Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War. He leaves behind three children, Sherilyn Scholl, Thomas King, and Frank King Jr.; three stepchildren, John Richards, Vernon Richards and Peggy Richards; and his sister Katherine Hulse of T-or-C; a brother Jim King and wife Olivia of Robert lee, TX. He is also survived by his nieces, Elizabeth Westphal and husband Don of Medera, California, Patti Hendricks, Jobi Dickerson and Sharon Riley of Georgia; great-nephews Joe Librers, James Ablett and Louis Gervasio; and a great-niece Katherine Gervasio. Cremation has taken place. A memorial will be held in the spring to celebrate his life. Otis was a much loved and will be greatly missed always.

KOTTLOWSKI – Florence Chrisco Kottlowski joined her late husband, Frank, on Sunday, May 30, 2010. She had been under hospice care. Her family wishes to thank all care givers for their wonderful care of her during these past few months.  She was born on July 12, 1924, in Walla Walla, Washington. She met her husband Frank during WWII and they married in 1945. They were married for 55 years. Socorro, NM, was her home for most of her life. Her cremains will be intered with Frank at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM. She is survived by her sister, Dorothy Ewbank, and sister-in-law, Cissie Chrisco. She leaves behind her three daughters, Karen Harvey, Jan Wallace, and Dianna Shoderbek. She was especially fond of her sons-in-law, Albert Harvey; and David Schoderbek; but reserved a special place for her grandchildren, Adam Harvey (Angie); Benjamin Harvey (Stacy); Zachariah Wallace (Tanya); Donald Schoderbek (fiancé, Maddie); and Florence Schoderbek; as well as her great grandchildren, Rick; Kate; Frank; and Olivia. She was a lifelong volunteer in the public schools and she helped start a local thrift store in the 1970’s. She spent many happy Tuesdays working there. It is thriving today. She also loved to plant things and her yard is filled with several different kinds of fruit trees, flowers, vegetables, and herbs. She was a kind, gentle, generous soul and will be missed, especially her quiet sense of humor and her lively political debates. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

KUEHNE – Frederick David Kuehne, 1934 – 2011. Truly great men are well-loved. Frederick David Kuehne, one such man, is survived by his wife of 45 years, Betty and their children, Jonathan, Rebekah and husband Gregg Gutierrez, Thomas and wife, Melissa, Deborah, Elizabeth, James and wife Mia and Mara; 17 beautiful grandchildren, Caleb and Isaiah Kuehne, Ben, Clair, Richard and Edie Gutierrez, Nathan, Gabrielle and Meghan Kuehne, Naylani, D’Artagnan and Desiree Herrera, Aidan Aragon, Selena Stanfield and Matthew Kuehne and Michael and Sebastian Kuehne.  Memorial services will be held at a later date.  In his memory, the family requests donations in his honor to the New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation; 4901 Lang NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109; or www.devonav@nmohc.com  Service are being handles by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken, where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com

LALLA – Cecilia R. Lalla 90, of Las Cruces, NM formerly of Socorro, NM went to be with her heavenly father on August 30, 2011. Daughter of Carlos Borromeo Romero and Elvira Gallegos Romero, Cecilia was born on December 19, 1920 in Albuquerque but lived her childhood years in Colonias, NM and Santa Rosa, NM.  On June 1, 1957, she married George J. Lalla and moved to Socorro, NM where she lived to for 26 years.  After George Lalla’s passing, Cecilia moved in with her son and his family, moved to Huntsville, Alabama, and then returned with them to Las Cruces, NM in 1996. Cecilia is survived by her son Michael Lalla, daughter in-law Sharon Lalla, and Grandchildren Christal, Levi, Amber Lalla and her brother Carlos Romero. Cecilia is preceded in death by her husband George Lalla, and her sisters Grace Sisneros and Catherine Sexton and her Brother Silvano Gutierrez. Cecilia had a passion for caring for people.  She spent most of her years as a house wife, mother, and grandmother.  She raised and took care of her son and grand children as well as helped raise and guide many young family members and friends. Dios Que Te Bendigas Mom and Grandma Cyl. A visitation will be held at Getz Funeral Home on Saturday September 3, 2011 from 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM. A Prayer Service will be held at 9:30 AM on Saturday September 3, 2011 at Holy Cross Catholic Church and funeral mass will follow at 10:00 AM also at Holy Cross Catholic Church. Rite of committal and burial will be at 4:30 pm on Saturday September 3, 2011 at San Miguel Catholic Cemetery in Socorro, NM. Arrangements by Getz Funeral Home corner of Solano and Bowman Ave., Las Cruces, NM 526-2419. To sign the local online guest book go to www.GetzCares.com
 
LANDAVAZO – Adrian C. Landavazo, 51, passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 in Los Chavez, NM. Adrian was born on February 15, 1960 in Albuquerque, NM to Ernest E. and Feliz M (Gabaldon) Landavazo. He is survived by his loving Mother, Feliz Landavazo; his devoted daughters, Anne Marie Landavazo; and Selina Feliz Landavazo; four grandchildren, Bryahna, Audryahna, and Kaylene Baca; and Josiah Landavazo; his sisters, Kathy Bustamante and husband, Richard; and June M. Salazar; his nephews, Jerry Gutierrez; Chad Salazar and wife, Bethany; and Jonas Salazar; his nieces, Destiny Gutierrez; and Mariah Salazar; his God son, Kevin Haley; and many close friends. Adrian was a lifelong resident of Socorro. He recently retired from Socorro Consolidated Schools. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Adrian loved riding his Harley and hanging out with friends. Adrian was preceded in death by his beloved father, Ernest E. Landavazo; and his brother, Leroy Landavazo. A Memorial Rosary will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 9:30 am at the San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro followed by a Mass of Resurrection at 10:00 am with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment will be held in the New San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearer is Daniel Jaramillo. Honorary Pallbearers are Jerry Gutierrez, Mike Sanchez, Chad Salazar, Bo Braswell, Mark Haley, and Kevin Haley. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Adrian’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801 (575) 835-1530

LANGE-ROMERO – Renate H. Lange-Romero beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother and inspiration to all who knew her passed away peacefully November 25 to rest until the coming our Lord.  She was born in Germany and later moved to New Mexico where she lived for nearly 50 years.  Renate resided in Polvadera, New Mexico with her husband Roman Romero. Together they enjoyed a peaceful rural life, morning walks, and shared a beautiful garden she created and nurtured.  She is the daughter of the late Ida and Franz Lange.  Renate will forever be remembered and loved by the family she cherished, her loving husband Roman Romero; loving sons Franz Griego, Glenn Griego and wife Tonia, Ahren Griego and wife Meredith; loving grandchildren Ahren M. Griego, Leanna Saiz, Jonathan Griego, Joshua Griego, Gabriella Griego, Justin Pirtle; great grandchildren Josiah Saiz, twins Alaina Renee, Jazmin Marie Griego and Sierra Pirtle. Renate is also cherished by a loving family in Germany, Uncle Siegfried Gruber and wife Ilse, Aunt Lotte Lange; Cousins Carlo Barone and wife Eva, Wolfgang Gruber and wife Birgit and Children, Dieter Doehring and wife Christa, Gisela Forrester, and Renate Lange. Her faith in Christ was evident in her radiant smile, pure soul and gentle words.  She loved life and all its rewards, her many dear friends, Stella Cota, Frau Engelhart, Corine and late husband Tony Vigil, Nino Gonzales and wife Annemie, Joe P. Valdez and wife Frances, Archie and late husband Joe Romero, Mr. and Mrs. Zack Romero, Mr. and Mrs. Nick Romero, Mr. and Mrs. Sip Romero and family, Mr. and Mrs. Andy Romero and Family, Sokie Romero, David Griego and wife Leticia, Julia Nicklin, Gary Chrisman and wife Shirley, Ilza and Yvonne Magener, Maggie Panzer, Katie Mirabal, Helga Eiching, Ernst Brandt, Gisela Plank, Susan Miller and many more. Renate made a difference in this world; she was an inspiration and positive influence to all who knew her. It is with great sadness that we must grieve the loss of this wonderful woman, but we can rejoice in the love she bestowed on each of us, a love that will never fade.  We can only hope we may soon put our selfish thoughts aside so that we may be overcome with joy and happiness  knowing that she will be in Heaven with God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, and once again in the warm loving embrace of her mother. Memorial Service: Sunday, December 12th at 2:00 pm: First Baptist Church 203 Spring Street Socorro, NM

LEE – Robert “Bob” E. Lee, 84, passed away on Friday, March 19, 2010 in Belen, NM. He was born September 6, 1925 in Denton, TX to Charles and Ruth (Chapman) Lee. Bob served in the US Navy during WWII and was a rancher in the Datil, NM area for many years. He is preceded in death by his wife, Anah Grace (Heckman) Lee. He is survived by his sons: Dan Lee and wife, Cyndi of Pie Town, NM; and John Lee of Datil, NM; daughters: Carol Lee of Hondo, TX; Becky Hansen and husband, Mike of Utopia, TX; Mary Hudson and husband, Melvin of Quemado, NM; Nancy Hammons of Buchanan Dam, TX; and Susan Sanders and husband, Buck of Datil; sisters: Betty Jo Cobb of Midland, TX; and Theresa Glidden of Estes Park, CO; 18 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren; and 1 great great grandchild. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at the Datil Baptist Church with Rev. John Sirman officiating. Inurnment will be in the Juniper Haven Cemetery in Pie Town. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM. 87801.  (575)835-1530

LESPERANCE – Bobby Lee Lesperance, 56, passed away on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 in Socorro, NM surrounded by his loving family. He was born January 1, 1954 to Albino and Macedonia (Otero) Lesperance in Albuquerque, NM. He is preceded in death by his father; and his brother, Albino Jr. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Long Lesperance of the family home in Socorro; his daughters: Bobbi Jo Lesperance and life partner, Sherry Lesperance; Jacalyn Jean Lesperance and companion Stephanie Zamora; and Andrea Jessica Lesperance; all of Socorro; his mother, Macedonia Lesperance of Alamillo, NM; brothers: Charles and wife, Sherri and Luciano, both of Alamillo; Daniel and wife, Pat of Alaska; and Harold and wife, Valerie of Socorro; sisters: Rosalie and husband Phillip Anaya Jr. and Carmen Trujillo, both of Socorro; step-grandchildren: Fabian Pacheco, Catrina Melendrez, Mercedes Melendrez and Candice Melendrez. Cremation has taken place and services will be announced at a later date. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM. 87801.  (575)835-1530

LEWELLEN – Catherine B. Lewellen, 88, passed away on Saturday, August 28, 2010 in Socorro, NM. Catherine was born on December 2, 1921 to Henry B. and Frances E. (Mayberry) Birmingham in Horsesprings, NM. She is survived by her loving Daughters, Linda Trujillo and husband, Rex of Magdalena, NM; Sharon Harris also of Magdalena; and Frances Wright and husband, Steven of Ashland City, TN; nine grandchildren, Neal Harris; Evan Harris; Marin Harris; Abran Peralta; Jeff Peralta; Jerrell Peralta; Aaron Peralta; Daniel Contreras; and Kayenne Contreras; two step grandchildren, Kaylee Smith; and Malissa Trujillo; eight great grandchildren, Emma Peralta; Hannah Peralta; Kaylee Peralta; Braelyn Peralta; Jaylum Contreras; Illa Marie Taylor; Xandra Contreras; and Sara Marquess; one brother; Henry Birmingham II of Reserve, NM; one sister, Dora Mae Trotter of Pheonix, AZ; and many nieces and nephews. Catherine was a resident of Magdalena since 1958 and a member of the Presbyterian Church. She is preceded in death by her husbands, Hulen J. Lewellen; and Tranquilino Lopez; brothers, Pat Birmingham; and Edward Birmingham; and sisters, Mary Ellen Potter; and Sue Snyder. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, September 3, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the Magdalena Community Church in Magdalena, NM. In Lieu of flowers the family has asked that any memorial contributions be made to Good Samaritan Society Socorro, PO BOX 279, Socorro, NM 87801.  Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

LEWIS – Iva Lorraine (Moffett) Lewis passed away Wednesday, August 4, 2010 in Socorro, NM. She was born May 9, 1933 in Duncan, AZ. The first child and only daughter of Horace Ammon Moffett and Beatrice Johnson Moffett, both preceded her in death.  She was sealed for the time and eternity in St. George, UT on June 27, 1950 to Edward Lynn Lewis who also has preceded her.  She is survived by her three brothers: Gary (Nedra) Moffett of Oak Harnor, WA; Lonnie (LaVon) Moffett of Farmington, NM; and Alan (Beverly) Moffett of Albuquerque, NM. And her three children: son, Michael (Cindy) Lewis of Farmington, NM; daughter, Karen (Ben) File of Overton, NV; and son Layne (Sheila) Lewis of Socorro, NM.  She has eleven grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.  One grandson and one granddaughter have also preceded her in death.  She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where services will be held Monday, August 9, 2010 at 10:00 A.M. in Socorro.  Interment with her will be at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM.  Pallbearers will be:  Layne Lewis, Michael Lewis, Geoffery Lewis, and Brandon Lewis. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

LOCKLAR – Richard “J.R.” Locklar, Jr. was born February 16, 1918 in Barksdale, Texas. He passed away on August 9, 2009. His parents were James Richard Locklar and Nancy Matilda Cromeans Locklar. His sisters were Ada Irene Duncan and Elizabeth Mae Elliott. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, sisters, baby brother, daughter Janie Locklar Cox, and wife Alleen (two years to the day). He is survived by his son David Locklar, his daughter Etna Locklar Thompson, his son-in-law Jack Cox, his stepson Vernon “Butch” (Patsy) Scott, his stepdaughter Betty (Joe) Settlemeyer, his granddaughters Donna Napier, Brenda (Mark) Whiten, and Shelley (Phil) Kruis, his grandsons Evan (Myra) and Lyle Thompson, step granddaughter Kris (John) Stanzione, step grandsons Matthew (Cindy) May, and David and William “Bill” Scott, nine great-grandchildren, two step great-grandchildren, a cousin, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. J.R. worked as a rancher, alfalfa and cotton farmer, and as a silver miner. He used to rodeo as a calf roper. In the late 40’s, J.R. roped calves in competition in PRC Rodeos in Socorro, San Acacia, and Globe, AZ. He was one of the first Socorro County Fair Board of Directors. He lived in Barksdale, Henderson, Rock Springs, Cotulla, and San Antonio, Texas, in Turkey Track, Tatum, Socorro/San Antonio, and Bloomfield, New Mexico, and also on the Caprock in New Mexico. He used to ranch in Durango and Pagosa Springs, Co, in Bloomfield, NM, and in Cotulla, TX. Services will be held August 15, 2009 at 10 AM at First Baptist Church of Cotulla, 201 Frio St., Cotulla, TX. Interment will follow in Cotulla Cemetery. Arrangements by Peter’s Funeral Home.
 
LOPEZ – Adelina (Apodaca) Lopez passed away Thursday, August 5, 2010 in Socorro, NM. She was born on March 7, 1923 in Lamar, CO to Gregorio and Rita Apodaca. Adelina married her loving husband, Damacio Lopez on January 19, 1940. He preceded her in death after 53 years of marriage. He passed away on August 19, 1993. Adelina was also preceded in death by her beloved son, Ramon Anthony Lopez; and her brother, Desi Apodaca. She is survived by her five sons, Fred Lopez, and wife Diane of Albuquerque, NM; Damacio Lopez of Socorro; Joe Lopez of Socorro; Nick Lopez of Socorro; and Richard Lopez also of Socorro; 13 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; her sisters, Mary Jane Garcia and husband, Toby; and Isabel Mendes and husband Oscar; and many relatives, friends, nieces and nephews. A Memorial Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 8:15 a.m. at San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro followed by a Mass of Resurrection celebrated at 9:00 a.m. with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment will take place in Lamar, CO at a later date. Honorary Pallbearers are Stan Lopez, Fred Lopez Jr., Desi Lopez, and Gregorio Lopez. Following the Mass, a reception with the family will be held in San Miguel Parish Hall. Mother, we love you and miss you and know that you are with Dad, Ramon, and Desi, and that we will see you again someday. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

LOPEZ – Carl B. Lopez, 51, a resident of Socorro, beloved son, brother, father and friend, died in Albuquerque on Thursday, September 30, 2010 after a short illness. Carl was born on November 24, 1958 to A.R. and Angelina (Griego) Lopez in Riverton, Wyoming.  He is survived by his parents of Socorro; brothers, Martin III and wife Elizabeth of Albuquerque; Ralph and wife Linda of Birmingham, Alabama; his two children, Erin and Jonathan Lopez of Socorro: and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his beloved sister Angelina Margaret Lopez-Littell of Houston, Texas; his grandparents, Maria and Martin Lopez, Jr.; and his favorite aunt and uncle, Margo and Carl Thompson of Socorro.  Carl was named after his Uncle Carl and Saint Benedict who he believed aided him through his life journey.  He was a 1976 graduate of Socorro High School.  A proud alumnus of the University of New Mexico, Carl followed his cherished Lobo Basketball team through winning and losing seasons.  An avid reader, political pundit and debater, he spurned his vocational interest of becoming an attorney to return to Socorro and assist his grandparents and parents in the family business at Whites Auto Store, Lopez Home and Auto, and Kimo Self Storage where he was general manager for over 30 years.  Carl will best be remembered for his fierce loyalty, extreme generosity, quick wit, and ability to provide an informed opinion on just about any subject. He is free from the trials and tribulations of this world and is now at peace with cherished family members in Heaven. A Rosary will be recited on Monday, October 4, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro.  A Mass of Resurrection will be performed at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 5, 2010 by Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant at the San Miguel Catholic Church.  Interment will follow at the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery.  Pallbearers are: Michael Lopez; Martin Lopez, IV; Tommy Sanchez; Paul Silva; Alfredo Soto; and Greg Sanchez.  Honorary pallbearers are: Chris Lopez; Alisa Lopez; Audrey Littell; Hayden Lopez; Caine Lopez; Gilbert Lucero and Michael Silva. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

LOPEZ – Emma Lopez passed away on June 29, 2011. She is preceded in death by her parents Isidro and Lola Lopez; sister, Mrs. Peggy Garcia; grandson PFC Victor Salazar, USMC. She is survived by her daughter, Evelyn Salazar; granddaughter, Karen Salazar; great granddaughter, Kylynn Brown; great grandson, Victor Brown all of Albuquerque; special nephew (Retired) USN Commander Don Schade and wife, Monica of Maryland; great nephew Dustin Schade of Virginia; Sisters, Mary Trujillo and husband, Felix, Priscilla Whiting of Albuquerque, Josie Baca and Angie Reynolds of Socorro, Maria Moad of Florida; several nieces and nephews. Emma was a graduate of Regina School of Nursing and worked at St. Joseph Hospital for 40 years as a surgical nurse. Emma was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church for 60 years. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 1, 2011 with a Rosary to follow at Daniels Family Funeral Services, 1100 Coal Ave. SE. A Mass of resurrection will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2011 at San Felipe de Neri Catholic Church, with interment to follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers are Kylynn Brown, Victor Brown, Eric Garcia, Daniel Gallegos, Roy Lopez and Dustin Schade and honorary Pallbearer Dr. Raymond Matteucci. Online condolences can be submitted at www.danielsfuneral.com. Emma’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 1100 Coal Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM  87106. 505-842-8800
 
LOPEZ – Isidro M. (“Macky”) Lopez, 65, passed away Saturday, October 30, 2010 in Socorro, NM. He was born on March 30, 1945 in Socorro, NM to Isidro and Julia (Lucero) Lopez Jr. Isidro is survived by his previous wife and friend, Maria Lopez of Socorro; his sons, Julian Lopez and wife, Gina, of Socorro; and Chris Lopez and fiance’, Keri James and her sons, Tristen and Trevor, all of Magdalena, NM; his granddaughter, Stephanie Lopez of Socorro; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. He was a lifelong resident of Magdalena. Isidro was preceded in death by his parents. A Memorial Communion Service will be held Friday, November 5, 2010 at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Magdalena, NM at 11:00 am.   Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

LOPEZ – Lila Lopez, 73, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011. She was born on Mar. 2, 1938 to Lorenzo and Benigina (Sanchez) Padilla, in Cuchillo, NM. Lila was a resident of Socorro area all her life. She spent many hours crocheting blankets for friends and family. Lila also was a loving, caring, and giving person to everyone she knew and even more to her family. For 27 years she showed that quality of caring and love by her devotion to providing warm care to the residence of Good Samaritan Village as a Nurse’s Aide. She was preceded in death by her parents Lorenzo and Benigina Padilla, two sisters Elsie Padilla and Elisa Lucero, one brother Ray Padilla, and one grandson Gabriel Lopez. Lila is survived by loving husband of 53 years, Olivio Lopez , five devoted sons, Leroy Lopez and wife Nena, Sammy Lopez, Gilbert Lopez, Dennis Lopez, Ronnie Lopez; two loving daughters, Mary Helen Lopez and Valerie Tenorio and husband Daniel; seventeen grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; one sister Carmen Wilson ; one brother, Larry Padilla and wife Jenny . Visitation will be held Sunday, October 16, 2011 from 2-4 p.m. at Daniels Family Funeral Services Socorro Chapel, 309 Garfield,Socorro, NM 87801. A Final viewing will be held 8:30 – 9:45 a.m. Monday, October 17, 2011 at the Family Christian Center, 1016 Fowler, Socorro, NM. Service will follow at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow services at Socorro Cemetery. To view service information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Lila ‘s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, NM, 87801. 575-835-1530
 
LIZER – Katherine Edris Lizer passed away on October 14, 2009 in Las Vegas, NM after a long fight with cancer.  Born October 11,  1937, she grew up in Santa Fe, NM and graduated from Santa Fe High School in 1955.  In 1959 she graduated from New Mexico A & M with a degree in music. Following her first teaching job in Colorado, she went into the Peace Corps in British Honduras.  Later, she joined the Peace Corps again and went to Malaysia.  Ka  therine received her M. A. in rural education from the University of Alaska.  Among the places she taught in New Mexico was Magdalena where she taught fourth grade from 1991-1999, retiring in 1999.  Students in one of her fourth grade classes appeared in the movie, “First Encounter,”  filmed at the VLA.  She felt highly honored in 2005 to be asked by former students to be the guest speaker for their high school graduation.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Nell and Harlan Lizer, her stepmother, Elizabeth Lizer, and her sister Marcia Nowell.  She is survived by her brother, Wayne Lizer, his wife Sherrill, and by several cousins, nephews, grand nephews, and nieces. A  funeral mass for Katherine  is planned at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 811 6th St in Las Vegas, NM at 9 A.M., October 31.  Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
 
LUCERO – Johnny D. Lucero, 70, passed away on Thursday, June 16,2011 in Albuquerque, NM. He was born February 12, 1941 in Socorro, NM to Juan and Josefita Lucero. He is a lifelong musician, known for his bass guitar and the guitaron. Johnny found profound joy in performing for others. He was an avid charter member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles 4017 where he served many years as an officer and Trustee. Johnny retired from the City of Socorro in the early 90s. He is preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Lola Montano; sister-in-law, Frances Lucero; and brothers-in-law: George Naranjo, Mike Padilla, and Jolm Gallagher. Johnny is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Dora (Chavez) Lucero of Socorro, NM; his devoted daughter, Doreen Baca and husband, Abie II of Socorro, NM; two grandchildren: Abie Baca III and wife, Delaney; and Nathaniel Baca; one great-granddaughter, Audrianna Rose Baca; brothers and sisters: Tony Lucero, Aurora Naranjo, Ellen Padilla, Susie Gallagher, Stella Castillo and husband Albert, and Gilbert Lucero, all of Socorro, NM; and numerous nieces and nephews. A Rosary will be recited on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. at the San Miguel Catholic Church, Parish Hall in Socorro with Funeral Mass immediately following. Father Andy Pavlak will be officiating. Interment will be held in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. Honorary Pallbearers are Abie Baca II, Abie Baca III, Nathaniel Baca, Gilbert Lucero, Nathan Lucero, Chris Naranjo and Damian Castillo. Flowers and condolences may be sent to 1434 EI Canlino Real, Socorro, NM 87801. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to: Riverside Funeral Home, 225 San Mateo NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. (505) 764-9663

MADRID – Jennie S. Madrid, 91, passed away on Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at her home in Socorro, NM surrounded by her loving family. Jennie was born on June 24, 1919 in Escondida, NM to Rogerio and Ciprianita (Naranjo) Salazar. She is survived by her loving daughters, Helen Chavez and husband, Rumaldo; and Elizabeth Patterson; her step daughter in law, Esther Ebler; 16 grandchildren; many great grandchildren; and many great great grandchildren. Jennie was a lifelong resident of Socorro. She loved crafting, crocheting, and quilting. Jennie enjoyed visiting casinos. She was preceded in death by her husbands, George Ebler; and Alfred Madrid; her step sons, Robert Ebler; and Frank Richard; three brothers; and two sisters.  A Rosary was recited on Friday, June 10, 2011 at 8:30 am at the San Miguel Catholic Church. A Funeral Mass followed at 9:00 am with Father Andrew Pavlak. Interment was held in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers are Brandon Valles, Tony Chavez, Mike Appel, Pat Patterson, Robert Ebler, and Eric Vargus. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Jennie’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

MALDONADO – Adela S. Maldonado, 91, passed away Sunday, January 2, 2011 in Albuquerque, NM. She was born on January 14, 1919 in Socorro, NM to Ambrosio and Maria (Ramirez) Sanchez. Adela is survived by her devoted children, Narcico Maldonado and wife, Rosella; Christina Albeldano; Selso Maldonado and wife Priscilla; Mickey Maldonado and wife Ruth; Mary Gutierrez and husband, Joe; Marcella Maldonado; William Maldonado; Gloria Gonzales; Lila Maldonado; and Benji Maldonado and wife, Geraldine; 60 grandchildren; 133 great-grandchildren; 52 greatgreat grandchildren; one brother, Alfredo Sanchez; and many nieces and nephews. She was a lifelong resident of Socorro and a member of San Miguel Catholic Church. Adela was preceded in death by her parents, her daughters, Delfina Torres; and Tommie Maldonado; her sons, Ernest Maldonado; Raymond Maldonado; and Ernesto Maldonado; her twins, Francisco and Francisca Maldonado; 3 Sisters; and 1 Brother. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 6 p.m. at San Miguel Catholic Church followed by the Rosary which will be recited at 7 p.m. A Communion Mass will be celebrated Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 10 a.m. with Deacon Nick Keller officiating. Interment will be held at San Miguel Catholic Church at a later date. Pallbearers are Daniel Torres, Peter Gutierrez, Patrick Maldonado, Jessie Pacheco, Richie Chavez, and Andrew Maldonado. Honorary Pallbearers are Dennis Maldonado, Robbie Maldonado, Evangel Maldonado, Michael Maldonado, and Jeffery Maldonado. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. 575-835-1530

MARSHALL – Pauline “Granny P” Marshall died on December 30, 2009, at Southwind Hospice House in Pratt, KS. Pauline was born on January 17, 1926 to Naomi (Nolen) and Thomas Johnson in Lawton, OK. Pauline’s early years were spent in many Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas communities, as her father traveled with his job in the oil fields, these experiences led to Pauline’s outgoing personality, and ability to make friends easily. Pauline was a successful business woman who worked in real estate, insurance sales, mobile home sales and park manager, and ranch management. Pauline married Paul “Pablo” Marshall in October of 1988. They enjoyed traveling and continuing their learning by taking courses in welding, sailing, and computers, Pauline also enjoyed quilting, crocheting, shopping, dining out, and especially spoiling her only grandchild, Amy Jo. She is survived by her children, George and Kim Unruh of St. John; granddaughter Amy Jo Marshall of St. John; and many “adopted” family members, friends, and care-takers.She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother ”Tadpole” Johnson, and infant daughter, son Zane Thomas, and her husband, Paul Marshall. Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010 at Minnis Chapel, St. John, KS with Pastor Carl Feril presiding. Visitation was held Saturday at the funeral chapel. Burial will be in the Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, NM at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Southwind Hospice in care of Minnis Chapel, P.O. Box 34, St. John, KS 67576.

MARTIN – Florence Ruth (Wesner) Martin, 98, passed away Sunday, December 5, 2010 in Socorro, NM. Florence was born on April 19, 1912 to Frank R. and Rose (Dalley) Wesner in Las Vegas, NM. She is survived by her devoted son, James Martin and wife Cathy of Socorro; her loving daughter, Wanda Martin of Socorro; two grandchildren, Jennifer Aimone of  Socorro; and Sara Yazdian and husband, Ali of Salt Lake City, UT; her sister, Betty Schwede of Las Vegas, NM; three great grandchildren; and her nephew, Danny Schwede of Rio Rancho, NM. She was a lifelong resident of New Mexico. No formal services have been arranged at this time. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Socorro Hospice. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

MARTINEZ – Justo “Justy” Martinez, 58, passed away on Monday, August 30, 2010 at his home in Socorro, NM, surrounded by his family.  Justy was born on June 20, 1952 in Socorro NM to Pablo and Dora (Padilla) Martinez.  He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Eileen Martinez; his daughters Rosalyn Garcia and husband Angel; Geraldine Jones and husband Jason; Pauline Martinez and companion Yessica Hinojosa; Son, Freddie Martinez and companion Gabriela Torres; all of Socorro, NM; 10 grandchildren, Jaenee; Jason Jr.; Freddie Jr.; Justeen; Jayleen; Justyn; Justus; Jayda; Angel Jr; and Kailee; Sisters Sheryl Romero and husband Michael; Debra Carrillo and husband Leroy; Barbara Griegro and husband David; Stepmother Julia Martinez; many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends including Evie Schultz.  Justy was a life long resident of Socorro and was a former employee of the City of Socorro, retiring in 1990 after 15 years of service.  He was a former little league baseball coach and also played with the Masons baseball team of Socorro and he was fondly known as Reggie. Justy enjoyed collecting memorabilia listening to oldies and sitting outside on his porch.  He was an avid Chicago Cubs and Dallas Cowboys fan.  Justy is preceded in death by his parents, his nephew, Stanley Carrillo, and a very special friend John Paz.  The Rosary will be recited Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 7:00 PM at San Miguel Catholic Church Parish Hall in Socorro, NM.  A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated Thursday September 2, 2010 at San Miguel Catholic Church Parish Hall with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant at 10:00 a.m.  Burial will take place in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery.  Pallbearers are Angel Garcia, Jason Jones, Adam Paz, Tim Gutierrez, Nick Romero, and Michael Romero Jr.  Honorary Pallbearers are Michael Romero Sr., Lawrence Baca, Daniel Chavez, Ignacio Chavez Jr., Justyn Martinez, Angel Garcia Jr., Freddie Martinez Jr., and Jason Jones Jr. Daddy, we will miss you dearly! Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

MARTINEZ – Michael T. Martinez, 63, passed away on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at his home in Socorro, NM. Michael was born on October 21, 1947 to Miguel P. and Vivianita (Trujeque) Martinez in Socorro, NM.  He is survived by his loving parents; his devoted wife of 45 years, married July 31, 1965, Gloria (Padilla) Martinez; his loving children, Michael A. Martinez and wife, Francine of Phoenix, AZ; Peter Martinez and wife, Sandra, of Socorro; and Julie LaFortune and husband, Ken of Andrews, TX; four grandchildren, Brianna T. Martinez; Clinton R. Martinez; Andre Martinez; and Emily LaFortune; one great grandchild, Marcus Martinez; his sister, Margie Ortiz and husband, Xavier; three nieces, Karen; Angela; and Victoria; his aunt Rose Benavidez; and cousins, Linda Benavidez; and Dave Benavidez. Michael was a lifelong resident of Socorro and a devoted member of San Miguel Catholic Church. He retired from NM State Police in 2005, after 25 years of service. Michael and Gloria had the privilege to serve as foster parents for 15 years and 16 children who blessed their lives. Even though, Michael came from a small family, he loved being a part of and was welcomed into the Padilla Family. Michael was preceded in death by his beloved grandparents, Conrad and Luisita Trujeque; his aunt, Analee Baca; his uncles, Morris Benavidez; Tomas Baca; and Ramon Trujeque; and his cousin, Windy Benavidez. A Memorial Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 9:15 am at the San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro. A Memorial Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated immediately following with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment will take place in the San Pedro Cemetery in San Antonio, NM. Pallbearers are his sons, Michael and Peter. Honorary Pallbearers are Jon Rosas, William West III, Carlos Padilla, Christopher Padilla, Nicholas Padilla, and Justin Taylor. Any Memorial Contributions may be made to the New Mexico Cancer Services, Albuquerque, NM.    Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to:  Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801 (575) 835-1530

McCART – Ian Renton McCart passed away at Mass. General Hospital in Boston. He was the son of the late Dr. Howard McCart and his wife, Helen. He is survived by his sister, Wendy Porritt; brother David McCart, and friends Albert Buytendorp, Paula Riley, and Vern Leavitt. Ian was an active member of Epiphany Episcopal Church in Socorro, NM — participating in the altar guild and performing other services for the Church. A memorial service will be held at Epiphany Episcopal Church on January 9, 2010 at 11:30 a.m., Father Woody Peabody presiding.

McCRACKEN -  Mary Elizabeth( Faulkner) McCracken passed away peacefully at her home Wednesday, September 23,2009 surrounded by family and loved ones. She was born November 10,1926 in El Paso, TX to Monroe and Hermina (Esnault) Faulkner, of Caballo, NM. She married J.W. McCracken on November 13, 1945 and moved to Dusty, NM where they ranched and raised four children: Joseph(Tom), Mae, Myrt, and Rie . She became Assistant Postmaster then Postmaster. After she retired from the Post Office her, and J.W. sold the ranch and moved to “the farm” in San Antonio, NM in 1980. They still raised a few cows and hay and after J.W. passed  Mary continued with the farm and enjoyed her large extended family. She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Monroe Faulkner; and husband, J.W.. She is Survived by her brother, Leo Faulkner of Palomas Creek,NM; sister, Daisy Wilson of Williamsburg,NM; son, Tom McCracken and Sandy Julian; daughters, Mae Glover and husband, Everett; Myrt Davis and husband, Tom; and Rie McCracken. Grandchildren: J.R.(Jodine) Glover, Kelly Glover, Kit (Skip) Hunter, Missy (Ron) Lorentzen, Jake (Kevin) Grinder. Great Grandchildren: Mikayla, Kelsie,Kaylee, Trey, Dalton, Trina, Sidney, Dakota, and J.R. as well as numberous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2009 at 1:00 pm at the Magdalena Cemetery with Rev. Jack Cain officiating. Pallbearers are her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575)835-1530.
 
McDIARMID – Gordon Ernest McDiarmid, 60, of Raton, New Mexico, passed away April 26, 2011, in Pueblo, Colo., following a courageous, lifelong battle with mental illness. He was born Feb. 13, 1951, in San Francisco, CA, to James and Mary (McKenzie) McDiarmid, and graduated from Apple Valley High School.  Gordon loved drawing, fishing and collecting rocks.  He was currently very active in local mental health programs in Raton, New Mexico.  Gordon was an especially wonderful brother and uncle.  He is survived by his mother, Mary Cunningham; siblings, Kenneth McDiarmid, Anne McDiarmid, Theresa Goble, Elizabeth Lawrenson; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members, and many friends.  He was preceded in death by his father, James, in 1981.  Gordon was dearly loved and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.  Cremation has taken place, with memorial service to be held at a later date.

McSMITH –John Marvin McSmith, 82, passed away on Thursday, May 5, 2011 in Las Cruces, NM surrounded by his loving family. John was born on September 6, 1928 in Freeport, TX to John Robert and Annie (Johnson) McSmith. He is survived by his loving wife, Clifford Faye McSmith of Las Cruces; his devoted daughters, Barbara McSmith of Farmington; Kim Karnes and husband, Rocky of Las Cruces; his devoted son John McSmith of Medical Lake, WA; loving grandchildren Stephanie Blayne, and husband, Chris; Johnathan McSmith and wife, Sara; Clint Munoz and wife, Marlayna; McKensi Karnes; Morgan Karnes; seven great grandchildren; one sister Barbara Gibson of Socorro. John was a former resident of Socorro before recently moving to Las Cruces. He was graduate of the University Of New Mexico where he played foot ball and was drafted to play pro but declined to become a ordained Baptist Minister and deacon. John was member of the First Baptist Church in Socorro. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers Marion McSmith and Paul McSmith. . A Visitation will be held on Monday, May 9, 2011 from 10:00 am until 11:00 am at the First Baptist Church of Socorro, 203 Spring Street SW. Funeral Services will be 11:00 am on Monday, May 9, 2011 at the church with Pastor Bob Farmer presiding. Interment will be held in the Socorro Cemetery following services.  To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. John’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. 575-835-1530

McWHORTER – Michael Lee McWhorter, 52, passed away on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 in Albuquerque, NM. Mike was born in Socorro, NM to Frank and Lola McWhorter on August 5, 1958. He is survived by his loving wife of four years, Katharina McWhorter of Datil, NM; his devoted and loving sons, Trampus and Kade McWhorter and their mother, Carol Lee of Hondo, TX; his mother, Lola McWhorter of Socorro; two sisters, Linda Rosales and husband, Mario of Lemitar; and Cindy Curry and companion, Allen Rinehart of Alamogordo; one brother, Larry McWhorter of Socorro; his uncle, Dub McWhorter and wife, Becky; four nephews, Marty, Cecil, and Tommy Rosales; and Catlin Curry; one niece, Laraye Curry; and many other family members. Mike was a long time resident and rancher of Catron County, working for Quien Sabe Cattle Company for over 30 years. He enjoyed hunting, ranching, and fishing with his family and many friends. Mike was preceded in death by his father, Frank McWhorter. A Celebration of Mike’s Life will be held Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 12:00 P.M. at the McWhorter Residence in Datil.  To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com.Mike’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

MERKEL – Robert S. Merkel, 80, passed away Thursday, November 18, 2010 in Socorro, NM. Robert was born on September 1, 1930 to James and Sylvia (Hodgson) Merkel in New York City, NY. He is survived by his adoring wife Deborah J. (Dahl) Safford of Socorro, NM; also surviving are his devoted children, David Kopaska-Merkel and wife Sheila of Tuscaloosa, AL; Valerie Bodell and husband Hugh of Johnson City, TN; Jennifer Alaine and husband Taumas Sedano of Denton, TX; and step-daughters, Pamela Safford and husband Daniel Covell of Concord, MA; Suzanne Safford and husband William Charamut of Heidelberg, Germany; grandchildren, Morgan Kopaska-Merkel of Turku, Finland, Lillian Kopaska-Merkel of Tuscaloosa, AL, and Perrin Alaine-Sedano of Denton, TX; and his brother-in-law, Martin Ganzglass and wife Evelyn of Washington DC. Robert was preceded in death by his parents. He was a resident of Socorro for the past six years, coming from Miami, FL. He was an active volunteer and member of the Friends of the Bosque Del Apache, Amigos de la Sevilleta, Save Our Bosque Task Force, Native Plant Society (Albuquerque Chapter), Albuquerque Gem & Mineral Society, and the Socorro Branch of Unitarian Universalist Church. Robert was very active in organizing and leading nature hikes involving native plants and local geology.  Memorial Service was held on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at the Socorro Branch of Unitarian Universalist Church located in the Epiphany Episcopal Church, 908 Leroy Pl. Socorro, NM 87801.  In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to the Friends of the Bosque Del Apache Nat’l Wildlife Refuge, 1001 Hwy 1, San Antonio, NM 87832 or Amigos de la Sevilleta, P.O. Box 1248 Socorro, NM 87801. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

MOORE – Charles Bachman Moore, 89, passed away on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 in Socorro, NM. Charles was born in Maryville, TN on October 28, 1920 to Charles B. and Bertha (Henck) Moore. He is survived by his wife, Wilma F. (Finley) Moore of Socorro; his sons, Charles B. Moore III of Sykesville, MD; and Malcom Moore of Albuquerque, NM; his daughter, Rita Brown of Herndon, VA; brothers, Richard Moore of El Paso, IL; and Robert Moore of TN; and 3 grandchildren, Meghan E. Moore; Charles B. Moore IV; and Jessie Moore. There are no Memorial Services planned at this time and in lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that any donations be made to the Good Samaritian Society in Socorro. Cremation arrangements were under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575) 835-1530

MONTOYA – Jacob B. “Jake” Montoya Sr., 77, passed away on Sunday, January 30, 2011 in Albuquerque, NM. Jake was born on October 20, 1933 in Socorro, NM to Antonio E. and Sadie (Barela) Montoya. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Toni (Padilla) Montoya; his devoted children, Jake Montoya Jr. and wife, Juanita; Margaret Tafoya; and Isabel Peralta and husband, Norbert;  16 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; one sister, Carmen Rodriguez and husband, Israel; and his daughter-in-law, Mary Montoya. Jake was born and raised in Socorro. He served with the US Navy. On February 25, 1956 he married the love of his life, Toni and together they raised their family in Albuquerque. At Retirement, He and Toni returned to Socorro. Jake loved to visit and had many close friends. He adored having company and always had an “open door” for all his friends and family. He enjoyed playing cards, especially Spades. He was a fine mechanic and loved horses. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. Jake was preceded in death by his son, Leonard Montoya, a daughter, Baby girl Montoya, three brothers, and one sister. A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, February 2, 2011, at 7:00 pm at The Daniels Family Funeral Services Socorro Chapel. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Jake’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

MONTOYA – Marcella Erlinda Montoya, 89, passed away quietly at her home in Seattle, Washington on June 16, 2010. Born in Kelly, New Mexico, she was the daughter of Matias and Juliana Montoya. At the outbreak of WWII, she moved to Washington DC to work at the Department of the Navy. There, she met her husband, Hans Versteege, a young Dutch soldier training nearby. They had three boys, lived in Santa Fe for a brief time before moving to Seattle. She is survived by her three sons, Arend, Charles and Gary; sisters, Sally Shoemaker of Socorro and Lily Morgan of San Diego, and brother, Ruben Montoya of Albuquerque. A small memorial service will be held at the San Lorenzo cemetery in Polvadera on Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. where she will be laid to rest next to her recently deceased sister Angela Paul and other family members. Though she traveled the world, her childhood spent in the Socorro area was always her heart’s fondest memories.

MONTOYA – Rose L. Montoya, 89, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. She was born June 27, 1922 to Teofilo and Cruz Griego, in La Joya, NM. Rose was a resident of Socorro since 1942. She married in Socorro in July of 1977. Rose worked as a clerk for Gambles for eight years. She was preceded in death by her father, Teofilo E. Lucero, mother, Cruz Griego, sisters, Jenny Romero, Margarita Armijo, and Romelia Lucero, brothers, Sylvestre Lucero, Mauricio Lucero, Samuel Lucero, and nephew, Teofilo Lucero. Rose is survived by Nephew, Tony Armijo, his wife Naomi; and children Karyn, (Joshua and Kalin Rose) Brian, and Donny, of Downey, CA, niece, Judy Romero and her children Jennifer and Larry, niece, Theresa Chavez husband Ronald; children Antonio and Claireace (Jeremiah and Jazmine); niece Irene Moya and children Jenelle and Jocelyn; nephew Henry Lucero and wife Norma. Rosary will be taking place on Tuesday, November 8, 2011, at 7:00 PM at San Miguel Catholic Church, 403 El Camino Real , Socorro. Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, at 9:00 AM at San Miguel Catholic Church, 403 El Camino Real , Socorro . Celebrant Father Andrew Pavlak. Internment will take place at San Miguel Catholic Cemetery following service. To view service information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Rose’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, New Mexico, 87801. 575-835-1530
 
MOORE – Dayna Lachel Moore, 19, passed away on Saturday, August 29, 2009 at her home in Socorro, NM. She was born February 22, 1990 in Flagstaff, AZ to Lann W. and Charlene (Ball) Moore. She was a graduate of Socorro High School and was presently employed by Wells Fargo Bank in Socorro. She is survived by her parents; her brothers: Travis, Preston, Trent, Wyatt and Zayne Moore, all of Socorro; sister, Lauren Whetten of Safford, AZ; grandparents: Loryn and Lille Ann Moore of Thatcher, AZ and Naydell Ball of Safford, AZ. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, September 2, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Socorro with Bishop Lane Lewis officiating. Burial will be on Friday, September 4, 2009 at the Central Cemetery in Central, AZ. Arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM. 87801. 575-835-1530.

MORA – Isidora G. Mora, 86, passed away on Monday, May 9, 2011 at her home in Veguita, NM surrounded by her loving family. Isidora was born on October 8, 1924 in San Marcial, NM to Fidelio and Lugardita (Serna) Gabaldon. She is survived by her daughter, Grace Castillo and husband, Rudy; grandchildren, Petra Sanchez and husband, Anthony; Isidora Hernandez; Roman Moran; Bernadette Castillo; Christopher Mora; and Anita Castillo; 13 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; and her sister, Juanita Lopez and husband, Joe. Isidora was a resident of New Mexico for over 32 years after moving back from Riverside California. She was a proud Veteran of the US Navy and was a licensed Vocational Nurse and Teletype operator for the railroad. Isidora loved caring for her family. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband after 64 years of marriage, Miguel Mora, December 2010, her son, Cipriano Miguel “Mike” Mora, her daughter, Carol Castillo, one sister, Aurelia Vasquez, and her brothers, Adolfo Gabaldon and Seferino Gabaldon. A Rosary will be recited on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at the Mora Home in Veguita at 5:00 pm. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Monday, May 16, 2011 at 10:00 am at the San Isidro Church in Las Nutrias, NM with Father Peter Nguyen as Celebrant. Interment will take place in the Las Nutrias Cemetery. Pallbearers are Antonio Luna Jr., Fernando Luna, Ernie Luna, Anthony Sanchez, Tristen Sanchez, and Leon Hardcastle. Honorary Pallbearers are Roman Moran, Chase Schmidt and Salomon Mora. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit  www.danielsfuneral.com. Isidora’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

MORA – Miguel B. Mora, 86, passed away Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at his home in Veguita, NM surrounded by his loving family. Miguel was born on February 5, 1924 in San Marcial, NM to Salamon and Eugenia (Barela) Mora. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Isidora Mora; grandchildren, Petra Sanchez and husband, Anthony; Isidora Hernandez; Roman Moran; Bernadette Castillo; Christopher Mora; and Anita Castillo; 13 great grandchildren; 3 great great grandchildren; sisters, Mary Chavez; Mary Lee Jojola; and Romona Soto; his aunt, Nellie Barnes and husband Otis; his uncle Matthias Martinez and wife, Frances; many nieces and nephews; and his estranged daughter, Grace Castillo and husband, Rudy. Miguel was a New Mexico resident for over 32 years after moving back from Riverside California. He served as a Deputy Sheriff for 11 years and a County Commissioner for 4 years. Miguel was a proud Veteran of the US Army and was a very skilled heavy equipment operator, welder, and occasional business owner. Miguel was preceded in death by his parents, his stepmother, Encarnacion, one son, Cipriano Miguel “Mike” Mora, one daughter, Carol Castillo, his sisters, Margaret Luna and Julie Mora, and his brother, Estanislado Mora. A Rosary will be recited on Sunday, January 2, 2011 at the Mora Home at 5:00 pm. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Monday, January 3, 2011 at 11:00 am at the San Isidro Church in Las Nutrias, NM with Father Vincent Nicosia as Celebrant. Interment will take place in the Las Nutrias Cemetery.  Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to:  Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

MORGAN – Russell G. Morgan, 41, passed away peacefully, Saturday, October 22, 2011. He was born on July 30, 1970 to Kirby White and Donna Morgan in Roswell, NM.   Russell and his family moved to Socorro one year ago from Charlevoix, Michigan and he served as the Pastor for the Socorro Baptist Temple. He enjoyed reading, watching movies with his boys, hunting and shooting guns.He was preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Roye Morgan. Russell is survived by his loving wife, Deanna Morgan; three devoted sons, Joshua Morgan,Jonathon Morgan, and Joseph Morgan; one sister Tammy Goodgame; one brother, William Glenn; many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews . A Memorial Service was held Thursday October 27, 2011 in Socorro.  Interment will take place Thursday, November 3, 2011 at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Lansing, MI. In lieu of flowers donations may be given in Russell’s honor to True Light Baptist Church, 1400 Main Street, Suite I, Los Lunas, NM 87031. To view service information or leave a condolence, please visit. www.danielsfuneral.com.Russell’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, New Mexico, 87801. 575-835-1530
 
MORRIS – Wynona Edith Morris went home to be with her savior today, May 27, 2010 in McAllen, TX. Wynona Morris was born 1947, the only child of John R. Worthington and Mona E.  Worthington in Ft. Worth Texas. The family moved to New Mexico to start a business in 1955. She was a wonderful woman and lived a very interesting life. Ms. Morris traveled a great deal with her jobs and different embasies including Cypress and Moscow. She worked at White Sands Missle Range before going over seas for other contractors. She worked for the New Mexico Tech campus police for seven years before she became disabled. She came to live in the Valley with her daughter and family almost a year ago where she was very happy. She is survived by a daughter, Kimberly Underwood, son in law, Rycke J. Underwood, five grandchildren, Misty Wappenik, Chelsea Barrick, Rycke Underwood V, Cheyenne Underwood and Cherokee Underwood. She is also survived by four great grandchildren, Laken Rye, Caden Barrick, Miley Barrick and Rycke Underwood VII. She is preceded in death by her parents John and Mona Worthington. A memorial will be held Saturday, May 29th at First Baptist Church of San Juan. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Charity Rescue Mission, 120 Lyon St, Mercedes, TX, 78570. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801(575) 835-1530

MURILLO – Elijah George Murillo, 23,  passed away Friday, December 11, 2009 in San Francisco, CA. Elijah is the son of George and Deborah (Herzog) Murillo of Magdalena, NM. He was born June 3, 1986 in Santa Fe, NM. Elijah is survived by his parents, George and Deborah Murillo; sisters, Ann Murillo of Las Cruces, NM; Jean Tafoya of Socorro, NM; and Martha Murillo of Magdalena, NM; grandparents, Richard and Jean Herzog of New York; and Angela Lucero of Socorro; nieces and nephews, Trent Tafoya; Andres Baca; Amanda Gallegos; Jordan Murillo; Crystal Gallegos; Angela Murillo; George Murillo; and Debbie Murillo; uncle, Tommy Baca; and many aunts and uncles. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, December 18, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Magdalena, NM with Rev. Paul Holt officiating. Arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro,NM 87801.(575)835-1530

MURRAY – Evelyn Olga “Ev” Murray, 84, passed away on Friday, January 21, 2011 in Datil, New Mexico. Evelyn was born on December 12, 1926 to Joseph and Olga (Wodicka) Kadane in East Islip, New York. She is survived by her loving husband of 58 wonderful years of marriage, Michael J. Murray Jr.; her devoted children, Patricia Murray Preston and husband, John; Laurie Pohl and husband, John; Dr. Michael J. Murray III; and Terry Joseph Murray and wife, Jane; her grandchildren, Aileen Preston;  Michelle McCabe and husband, Steven; John Michael, Zachary Tyler, and Steven Edward Pohl; Allison, Randy, Kevin, and Tyler James Murray; Sabrina, and Vantrese Chavez; Brandon, and Antonio Anaya; her great grandchildren, Kayla, Joseph, Samantha, and Matthew McCabe; and Hunter Pohl; her sister-in-law, Hazel Kadane; and her nephews, Barry, Raymond, and Craig Kadane. Ev was a resident of Datil for 13 years after moving from Long Island, NY, in 1997. She was a devoted member of the Santo Nino Catholic Church. Ev loved to play Bingo and was “Lucky” at it. She loved all animals, especially their cat, Puss-Puss; Lab, Chocolette; and their beloved Golden Retriever, Bo. Ev will be remembered for her talents in Opera singing and her love of baseball and the famous Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Mets. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, her brother, Joseph Kadane, her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Michael Joseph Murray Sr. and Anna Marie Murray, and her daughter-in-law, Sheila Murray. A Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at the Daniels Family Funeral Services Socorro Chapel from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. A Memorial Rosary and Memorial Mass of Resurrection have been planned for Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 10:30 am at the Navitity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Datil, NM, with Father Jeff King as Celebrant. Interment will follow on the Family land. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fur & Feather, PO Box 519, Datil, NM 87821 or American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.  To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Evelyn’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

MYERS – Sherrill R. Myers, 76, passed away Saturday, June 11, 2011 in Socorro, NM.  She was born on December 29, 1934 in Leon, Iowa to Merritt and Velma (Baker) Reynolds. Sherrill’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

NARANJO – Angela A. Naranjo, 84, passed away on Monday, January 3, 2011 in Albuquerque, NM surrounded by her loving family. Angela was born on May 6, 1926 in San Pedro, NM to Abel and Angela (Salgado) Arvizu. She is survived by her devoted children, Delfina Sherman; Jessie Calderwood and husband, Thayne; Santiago Naranjo Jr.; Selfa Lucero and husband, Willie; ten grandchildren; twenty two great-grandchildren; seven great-great=grandchildren; one sister, Maria Padilla; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Angela witnessed the testing of the first atomic bomb from her childhood ranch home in San Pedro, NM during 1945. Angela was a lifelong resident of Socorro but briefly resided in Long Beach, CA during WWII, while employed by Douglas Aircraft as a member of the “Rosie the Riveter” workforce.  Angela began her nursing career at the State Tuberculosis Sanitarium (TB Sans) formally located north of Socorro where she first met her husband. She was also instrumental in the opening of Socorro General Hospital in 1956.  She faithfully served and touched numerous lives. Throughout her nursing career Angela dedicated over 30 years of service.  She was also a proud member of the National Guard Ladies Auxiliary. Angela was a devout member of San Miguel Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; seven brothers; six sisters and her loving and caring husband, Santiago Naranjo Sr.  A Visitation was held on Friday, January 7, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Daniels Family Funeral Services Socorro Chapel. A Rosary was recited on Friday, January 7, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at San Miguel Catholic Church. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment will take place in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers are David Naranjo, Willie M. Lucero, Edward Lucero, Santiago Naranjo III, Ramon D. Rivera, and Alfred Lucero. Alternate Pallbearer is Anthony Romero. Honorary Pallbearers are Toni Leal, Nancy Leal, Angie White, and Michelle Kimbrell. Those who wish to send condolences online may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

NYKIEL – Christine M. (Foerster) Nykiel, 84, passed away on Sunday, November 28, 2010 in Socorro, NM surrounded by her loving family. Christine was born on July 16, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois to Henry and Mary (Winkler) Foerster. She is survived by her loving daughters, Mary Ruff and husband Jim, of Socorro; Valerie Pourbaix and husband Kurt of Mead, CO; and Susan Mueller and husband Terry, of Spencer, WI; her devoted sons, Tom Nykiel and wife, Lolita of Beverly Hills, CA; and Jim Nykiel and wife Julie of Des Plaines, IL; eleven grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Christine was a resident of Socorro since 2008. She was a great lover of the “Good Sam Band” and Socorro music scene. Christine was known for her great sense of humor. Christine is preceded in death by her husband, Ted Nykiel. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. at Daniels Family Funeral Services Chapel in Socorro, NM. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Socorro Hospice.  Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

ONETHA – Born in Alpine, TX, February 3, 1926 to Pink and Mary Phelps. Onetha passed away Saturday, April 16, 2011 at home with her daughter by her side. Onetha was independent. She made several trips across the country with her beloved Pomeranian dogs by her side. She also enjoyed reading, especially mystery novels. She took great pleasure in sewing and knitting. Onetha was a creative artist making several original latch hook rug wall hangings for herself and family. After raising two children, she returned to college, receiving a bachelor’s degree from New Mexico Tech. She then went to work for the State of New Mexico as a social worker. She retired in 1988, beginning her cross country adventures, including the United States, Canada, and Alaska. Onetha is preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Francis Phelps; and her sister, Joyce Lovelace. She is survived by her constant companion, Achilles, “Killie”, a long haired Chihuahua; her sister, Cate Dixon; her son, Michael Ball and partner, Karen Kendall; her daughter, Shelly Rice and husband, Peter; two grandsons, Evan Rice; and Ian Rice; and many nieces and nephews. Following Onetha’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration and time to remember her life will take place on May 1, 2011 at 2:00 pm at the Rice Residence in Socorro. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com.Onetha’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. 575-835-1530

ORONA – Viola L. Orona, born Sept. 8, 1943, passed away Oct. 23, 2010. Sansing – Bernie D. Sansing, born Sept. 1, 1924, passed away Sept. 30, 2010. Went to be with our Lord; those who wish to send condolences may do so on Saturday the 30th of October, 2010 at Sacred Heart Church in Quemado, NM. Service begins at 10 a.m. Interment at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Family and friends will miss you dearly, forever in our hearts. Thank you to everyone for your love, support and prayers during this time.

OTERO – Tasha Otero, 19, passed away on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM. Tasha was born on July 17, 1991 to Albert Roy Otero and Jenny Lopez in Albuquerque, NM. She is survived by her precious little girl, Tianna Lyana Perez; her devoted mother, Jenny Lopez of Polvadera; her devoted father, Albert Roy Otero of Polvadera; her loving brothers, Jason Otero of Magdalena; Albert Otero Jr. of Polvadera; and Isaiah Baca of Polvadera; her loving sisters, Christina Otero of Albuquerque; and Ashley Stidstone and husband, Zeke Tafoya of Socorro; her grandmother, Dolores Lopez of Luis Lopez; and  grandfather, Gabriel Padilla of Polvadera; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Tasha was preceded in death by her grandfather, Joe Lopez; and her grandmother, Libby Padilla. Tasha was a lifelong resident of Socorro. A Rosary will be recited on Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 9:30 am followed by A Mass of Resurrection  at 10:00 am  at San Miguel Catholic Church with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial will take place in the Luis Lopez Cemetery. Pallbearers are Joe Lopez, Jerry Lopez, Pete Lopez, Donald Padilla, Chris Perez, and Kyle Phillips. Any Memorial contributions may be made to the Tasha Otero Fund at First State Bank, 103 E. Manzanares, Socorro, NM 87801. (575)835-1550 Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801.(575) 835-1530

PADILLA – AGGIE P. Silva Padilla, March 19, 1940 – May 14, 2011, age 71. Our mother, our queen, entered into the kingdom of heaven to be with our Lord. She was born in Luis Lopez, New Mexico, and was one often children born to Amalia (Lopez) Silva and Porfirio Silva. Mom was a hard-working lady who truly enjoyed family gatherings at her home in San Antonio, and making her always-perfect and mouth-watering tortillas and sopaipillas for her children and grand-children. You knew you were loved when you were welcomed into her home by the aroma of beans on the stove, green chile roasting on her comal, and her homemade tortillas kept walln for you under a towel. And if you were born lucky enough to be one of her 20 grandchildren or one  of her six greatgrandchildren, you were bestowed with the gift of her delicious sopaipillas, hot off the stove, dripping with honey. Mom had the voice of an angel and it was an honor and privilege to witness Mom and her sisters sing accompanied on guitar by her brothers. Mom took great pride in the part she played in raising and protecting her six younger brothers and sisters: Valentin Silva, Rufina Baca, Viola Sanchez, Lucy Gutierrez, Mary Vergara, and Nemecio Silva, all of Socorro, NM. She also raised seven children, and made it look easy! All of us knew what the rules were in Mom’s home: No cussing in front of her, greet and speak to your elders with respect, and everybody pitched in with the work. Anyone caught breaking the rules would hear it from Mom. Mom is survived by her life-long companion, Efrain Mendez of San Antonio, NM., her sister Alvita Chavez of Albuquerque, NM., her sister Emilia Mendez of San Antonio, NM., and six of her seven children: Rosaline Silva (Patrick Moore) of Los Lunas, NM., Jane Davalos (Don) of Albuquerque, NM., Carlos Padilla of Albuquerque, NM., Theresa Ruiz of Albquerque, NM., Diego Padilla (Lucia) of Moreno Valley, Ca., and Delilah Padilla of Socorro, NM. She was preceded in death and is now reunited with her beloved son, our brother, Ruben Padilla and her sister Frances (Nego) Montano. As her wishes were to be cremated, Mom’s grandchildren will serve as Honorary Pall Bearers. They are Alejandro (Kathy), Elise (Carl), Ramon (Amber), and Rodolfo Monarrez, Joel and Erica Davalos, Carlos & Richard Padilla, Brianna & Shania Lehew, Juan Romero (Audrey) and Jared Padilla (Nicole), Vanessa, Diego, and JackJyn Padilla, Starr Padilla, Elijah & Isaiah Gonzales, along with her great-grandchildren Ashley, Alexis, Alyssa, Nevaeh, Marissa, J.J., and Layla. To honor our mother’s request, a private memorial will be held at a later date. Mom’s quiet and loving spirit will be missed by her many family members, God-children, friends, and loved ones.

PADILLA – Charlie Padilla, 90, passed away Wednesday, October 27, 2010 in Belen, NM. Charlie is survived by his loving wife of 14 years, Lora Padilla of Socorro, NM; his daughter, Patricia Sanchez and husband, Andrew of Socorro; his sons, Ricky Padilla and wife, Sally of Wyoming; Roger Padilla and wife, Irene of Albuquerque, NM; his step children, Walter Robinson and wife, Laverne of Socorro; Arthur Rice Jr. of Socorro; Peter Rice and wife, Shelley of Socorro; and Debby Shak and husband, Peter of California; several grandchildren; great grandchildren; and his brothers, Iris Padilla and wife, Ruby of Albuquerque; and Johnny Padilla and wife, Flora of Albuquerque. Charlie was a lifelong resident of Socorro and a retired Postmaster after over 30 years of service. He was a member of San Miguel Catholic Church and a Veteran of WWII, serving with the US Army. Charlie was an avid golfer, loved playing cards, and enjoyed dancing and socializing with friends and neighbors. He enjoyed being with his family at family gatherings. Charlie was preceded in death by his first wife, Katherine (Abdalla) Padilla in 1992; two sons, Albert Padilla; and Kenny Padilla; and one sister Lottie Baros. A Memorial Rosary will be recited on Friday, November 5, 2010 at 8:30 am at the San Miguel Catholic Church followed by a Memorial Mass of Resurrection with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial will take place in the Lemitar Cemetery, Lemitar, NM. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

PADILLA – Horacio Padilla, 81, passed away on Thursday, December 10, 2009 at  Home in San Antonio NM. Horacio was born on May 27, 1928, to Marcelino and Carmelita (Lucero) Padilla. He is survived by his son, Ramon (Luisita) Padilla Sr. of Los Lunas,NM; his daughters, Juanita (Patricio) Chavez of Socorro, NM; Loretta (Joseph) Martinez of Socorro; Yvonne Chavez of Socorro and fiance, Ismael Flores; and Julia Sanchez of San Antonio and fiance, David Hart; brother, Leandro Padilla of Brooklyn, NY; sisters, Sally Stars of San Antonio; and Defina Rayner of Baltimore,  MD; grandchildren, Tonya Padilla; Horacio Martinez; Ramon Padilla Jr.; Daniel Padilla; Donna Chavez; Bobby Chavez; Frank Sanchez Jr.; Leonard Padilla; Eva Silva; and several great grandchildren. Horacio is preceded in death by his wife, Ramona (Chavez) Padilla. A visitation was  held at Steadman-Hall Funeral Home on Monday, December 14, 2009 from 9 a.m.  – 5 p.m. A  Rosary was recited on Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the San Antonio Church in San Antonio, with a Mass of Ressurection following, with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial took place in the San Antonio Cemetery. Pallbearers were Leonard Padilla, Frank Sanchez Jr., Bobby Chavez, Ramon Padilla Jr., Horacio Martinez, Sal Garcia, Herman Soliz Sr., and Daniel Padilla. Arrangements were under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801.(575)835-1530.
 
PADILLA – Melcor “Mel” B. Padilla, age 72, entered the kingdom of heaven into the arms of his savior in the early morning of Sunday, May 1, 2011. He was born in Quemado, New Mexico to Prudencio Padilla and Guadalupe Baca. He was baptized in August of 1938, his sponsors being Eloy Tafoya and Primitiva Leyba. Mel was born and raised in Quemado and went to school in San Antonio, New Mexico. He made his first communion at St. Michael’s Church in Socorro, New Mexico in 1950. At a very young age Mel recognized his responsibility to his family and engaged in any type of work he could find; shining shoes for extra cash as well as working at local farms and ranches in the community to assist his parents financially. He ultimately joined the U.S. Army National Guard in 1955, later transferring to the U.S. Army where he received his GED. He served as a Demolition Specialist and was an expert marksman. He was discharged in February of 1959. In 1961, Mel served as a Deputy Sheriff for the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department. On November 25, 1961, he married his childhood sweetheart Cecilia Ramon, from Socorro, New Mexico, the one true love of his life their sponsors were Johnny and Emilia Gallegos. He worked as a mechanic for Ed Black’s Chevrolet dealership in Albuquerque, and then went on to work for the City of Albuquerque with the Water Department where he retired after 25 years of service. He did occasional work on the side at Ladis Plumbing and Heating, Sunny Fresh Foods, and Wal Mart in Belen where he knew just about everyone in the local community. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Nick Padilla of Socorro, New Mexico. Mel is survived by his honey dear wife of 49 years, Cecilia Ramon Padilla; two cherished daughters, Peggy Montoya and husband, John and Irene and husband, Scott Burton; his precious grandson, Noah Jeremiah Burton; brother, Eddie Padilla and wife, Bertha; sisters, Sally Tourville, Carolyn Franklin and Marcy Braboy, as well as many nieces and nephews who all referred to him as Uncle Coy; one nephew in particular, Robert Lee Hancock, whom he considered as another brother. All services will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel, on Thursday, May 5, beginning with a public visitation at 10:00 a.m. with a Funeral Service to be held at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be held at a later date. Sign Mel’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM.
 
PADILLA – Stephen Michael Padilla went home to be with the Lord on the 16th day of August, 2011. Stephen was born on November 15, 1963 and is survived by his parents Tiburcio (Toby) and Emma Padilla, along with his loving daughter Angelica. Growing up, he served as an alter server. His chosen profession was in the medical field as he worked both at Lovelace Medical Center and also the Veterans Hospital in Albuquerque. He moved to Arizona hoping to continue in the medical field. His heart was always at the farm his parents resided in at San Antonio, New Mexico. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, the 31st of August at 9a.m. at San Miguel Church followed with a gathering in memory of Stephen at the San Antonio Fire Department.
 
PADILLA – Pilar Padilla, 77, passed away on Saturday, May 28, 2011 in Socorro, NM surrounded by his loving family. Pilar was born on May 20, 1934 in Magdalena, NM. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Deluvina Padilla; his devoted sons, Albert Padilla and wife, Sherry; Ruben Padilla and companion, Josie Pino; and Juan Padilla; his loving daughters, Judy Gonzales; Geraldine Padilla; and Consuelo Padilla; 12 grandchildren, Shawn; Alan; James; Jason; Johnny Joe; Melanie; Mark; Angelica; Christine; Diane; Patricia; and Ruben Jr.; 19 great grandchildren; his brothers, George Padilla; and Steve Padilla; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Pilar was a lifelong resident of Socorro. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to fish, hunt, and camp, especially with his family. Pilar was a jack of all trades, he taught his children and grandchildren so much and he was always there to turn to when anyone had a question, or needed advice or support. He is preceded in death by his parents, his beloved son, Frankie Padilla; and many brothers and sisters. A Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at the Daniels Family Funeral Service Socorro Chapel from 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm also at The Daniels Family Funeral Services Socorro Chapel with Sister, Annie Rincon officiating. Pallbearers are Shawn Gonzales, Alan Padilla, Jason Romero, James Padilla, Johnny Joe Scates, and Melanie Gonzales. Honorary Pallbearers are Mark Padilla, Angelica Padilla, Christine Olguin, Diane Torres, Patricia Padilla, and Ruben Padilla Jr. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Pilar’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

PADILLA – Ruben Francisco Padilla, 42, passed away on Sunday, August 9, 2009 in Albuquerque, NM. He was born January 2, 1967 in Torrance, CA to Isabel S. and Aggie (Silva) Padilla. Ruben is preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his daughter, Elena Padilla of Socorro, NM; godson, Jared Padilla of Albuquerque; his goddaughter, Desiree Sedillo of Socorro, NM; mother, Aggie Padilla of San Antonio, NM; brothers: Carlos Padilla of Albuqueque and Diego Padilla of California; sisters: Rosalie Silva of Los Lunas, NM; Jane Davalos and Teresa Ruiz, both of Albuquerque; and Delilah Padilla of Socorro; and many nieces and nephews. A visitation will be held on Saturday, August 15, 2009 at Steadman-Hall Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Cremation will take place and there are no other services scheduled at this time. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. 575-835-1530.

PATTERSON – James Richard Patterson, 51, passed away on Wednesday, September 23,2009 at home in Socorro, NM. James was born October 13, 1957 in Albuquerque, NM  to James  and Idalia (Velasco) Patterson. He is survived by his Step father and mother, Paul and Idalia Edwards of Las Cruces, NM; Brothers, Rodney Patterson; and John Patterson both of Carlsbad, NM; sister, Darlene Shaw of Mesa, AZ; and three grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 26,2009, at 10:30 AM at the Harwood Methodist Church in Socorro, NM with Rev. Samuel Blanco officiating.  Cremation arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575)835-1530.
 
PAUL – Angela Montoya Paul, 81, passed away on Saturday, March 20, 2010 in Socorro, NM.  She was born February 21, 1929 in Polvadera, NM to Matias and Julianita (Chavez) Montoya. She graduated from Socorro High School in 1948 and was a lifetime member of San Miguel Catholic Church. Angela was a local artist and was a member of the Socorro Art League during the 1960′s. She is survived by her sons: Christopher Paul and wife, Angela of Riverside, CA; Michael Paul and wife, Christine of Albuquerque, NM; Charles Paul and wife, Debbie of Belen, NM; and Homer Paul and wife, Bridget of Little Rock, AR; daughter, Flora Fenchel and husband, Bruce of Herndon, VA; brother, Ruben Montoya and wife, Corina of Albuquerque; sisters: Sally Shoemaker of Socorro; Marcella Putman of Seattle, WA; and Lilly Morgan and husband, James of San Diego, CA; grandchildren: Tom Fenchel and wife, Kris; Dave Fenchel and wife, Emily; Stephen and Aaron Fenchel; Jillian, Jonathan, Alicia and Matias Paul; Anna Berg and husband, Matthew; Jacob, Brooke and Anna Paul; great grandchildren: Tommy and Cathrine Fenchel; and Kierstin and Aydan Berg. A Rosary will be recited on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at the San Lorenzo Catholic Church in Polvadera with the Mass of Resurrection immediately following. Father Andy  Pavlak as Celebrant. Inurnment will be in the Polvadera Cemetery. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM. 87801.  (575)835-1530.

PEDERSEN – Evelyn M. (Knudsen) Pedersen, beloved mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away Friday, September 30, 2011 in Socorro, N.M. with her loving family surrounding her. Evelyn was born on October 13, 1918 to Truels and Freda (Bohl) Knudsen, in Buffalo Center, Winnebago County, IA and was the mainstay of her extended family. She was an excellent cook and accomplished seamtress, and her great joys were homemaking and music. She served as pianist/organist for the United Methodist Church in Newfield, NJ for many years and after moving to Socorro in 1991 took up the keyboard duties at St. Paul United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents Truels and Freda(Bohl) Knudsen; her husband, August C. Pedersen; her brother, Robert M. Knudsen; her son and daughter-in-law Kenneth C. and Vera Pedersen. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Karen M. (Pedersen) and John W. Schlue of Socorro, N.M.; grandson Erik C. Pederson and wife Jennifer of West Grove, PA; granddaughter Emily L. (Pedersen- Sanchez) McAlack and husband John of Cinnaminson, NJ; granddaughter, Amanda Schlue of San Diego, CA; grandson, Ehren W. Schlue and wife Victoria of Albuquerque, NM; Six great-grandchildren; her brother, Harold W. Knudsen of Houston, TX; her brother and sister-in-law Raymond H. and Mary Ann Knudsen of Columbia, SC; sister and brother-in-law, Shirley A. (Knudsen-Pedersen) and James Fonash of Newfield, NJ; her sister-in-law Donna Knudsen of Coral Springs, FL; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be given in Evelyn’s honor to Good Samaritan Society of Socorro,1203 Hwy 60, Socorro, N.M. 87801. To view service information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Evelyn’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St. Socorro, New Mexico, 87801. 575-835-1530
 
PERALTA – Eluvie T. (Louie) Peralta, 81, passed away on Monday, April 12, 2010 at home in Socorro, NM. Louie was born in La Joya, NM, on September 18, 1928 to Cornelio and Paublita (Tafoya) Peralta. He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Virginia (Torres) Peralta of Socorro; his sons, James L. Peralta and wife, Andrea of Socorro; Norbert Peralta and wife, Isabel of Socorro; Ruben Peralta and wife, Lisa also of Socorro; and Richard A. Peralta and wife, Jenna of Espanola,NM; his daughter, Concie Buck and husband, Philip of Parker,CO; his sisters, Vitalia Peralta of Socorro; and Lorraine Peralta of Socorro; and his grandchildren, Sharon Buck; Jack Buck; Jerryk Jacquez-Jaramillo; Julia Ann Aguilar and husband, Steven; Stephanie Vega and husband, Mark; Norbert Peralta Jr. and wife, Rachel; James Peralta Jr.; Jetty Sears; Jeremy Peralta and wife, Kimberly; Aubrey Peralta; Sandra Gonzales and husband, Dwayne; Tiffany Peralta; and Tristen Peralta; and his 8 great grandchildren. Louie was a cook at NM Tech for 17 years and also worked for the City of Socorro for 33 years. Louie is preceded in death by daughter Julia Ann Peralta; brother Theodoro Peralta; and sisters Valentina Burke, and Rosela Peralta. A Visitation was held at Steadman-Hall Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 14. A Rosary was recited on Thursday, April 15 at San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro. A Mass of Resurrection was celebrated on Friday, April 16 at San Miguel Catholic Church with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial took place in the San Miguel Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jeremy Peralta, James Peralta Jr., Jack Buck, Norbert Peralta Jr., Albert Savedra; and Benny Anaya. Honorary Pallbearers were Jaryrn Gonzales, Steven Aguilar, and Mark Vega. Arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575)835-1530.

PERALTA – Emilio Eloy Peralta, 67, passed away on Friday, January 28, 2011 in Albuquerque, NM. Eloy was born on April 30, 1943 in Cruzville, NM to Emilio Sr. and Felice (Trujillo) Peralta. He is survived by his sister, Connie Peralta Cordova; his brothers, Gilbert Peralta; and David Peralta; many nieces and nephews; and several great nieces and nephews. Eloy was a lifelong resident of Cruzville and a handyman for many of the local businesses. He enjoyed riding his bicycle to the fullest and loved the outdoors. Eloy loved his best friend and dog, Blanco. A Rosary will be recited on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at 10:00 am at the Santo Nino Parish in Aragon, NM. The Mass of Resurrection will immediately follow at 10:30 am also at the Santo Nino Parish with Father King as Celebrant. Interment will take place in the Aragon Cemetery in Aragon, NM. Pallbearers are Pat Gutierrez, Estevan Cordova, Daniel Cordova, Ricardo Cordova, Jared Montoya, Alfred Cordova, and Andres Rael. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Eloy’s care has been entrusted to:  Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

PERINGER — Jennie Marie Peringer, 48, passed away on Wednesday, August 5, 2009 in Scottsdale, AZ. She was born April 25, 1961 in Socorro, NM to Guadalupe and Jovita (Valenzuela) Lozano. Jennie is preceded in death by her brother, Christopher Lozano. She is survived by her parents; her husband, Daniel Peringer; her daughter, Gina Peringer of Coupeville, WA; brothers: Jose Lozano and wife, Lena of Socorro, NM; and Donicio Lozano of Albuquerque, NM; sisters: Mary Martinez and husband, Lloyd of Socorro; and Virginia Vivian and husband, Sammy of Socorro. A Rosary was recited on Monday, August 10, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro with the Mass of the Resurrection immediately following. Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial was in the San Miguel Cemetery. Pallbearers were Miguel Lozano, J.R. Lozano, Joshua Martinez, Jordan Martinez, Eddie Gonzales, and Samuel Vivian. Honorary Pallbearers were Thomas Rivera, Tyrone Rivera, Ruben Gonzales, Kevin Gonzales, Sammy Vivian and Lloyd Martinez. Arrangements were under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM. 87801. (575)835-1530.

PERRY – Ernest Ralph Perry,71, passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 surrounded by his loving family, in Albuquerque, NM. Ernie (Ralph, as he was better known) was born to Fred and Marian (Tafoya) Perry on November 6, 1938  in  Kelly, NM. He is survived by his loving wife, Sara (Blane) Perry of Polvadera, NM; his son, Jamie Perry and daughter-in-law Cindie of Riverside, CA; his daughter, Jodi Perry and son-in-law, Bill Weldon of Polvadera; sister-in-law, Dianna Perry of Lemitar, NM; step grandchildren, Danielle Underwood; and Jake Underwood; aunt and uncle, Helen and Joe Padilla; many wonderful cousins; and his beloved dog, Kiwi. Ralph is preceded in death by his parents and  brother, Robert (Bob) Perry. Ralph left New Mexico at the age of 11, but New Mexico never left his heart. In 1985 his dream came true when he retired from Albertson’s Grocers and returned to spend the rest of his life in Polvadera. He loved meeting people, and those fortunate enough to have met him will remember his kindness, happy spirit, and ever-present smile! A Mass of Resurrection was celebrated on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 11:00 am at the San Lorenzo Catholic Church in Polvadera with Deacon Mike Ybarra officiating. Burial took place in the Polvadera Cemetery.Pallbearers were Dale Nunez, Manny Perry, Lonnie Gonzales, Dion Ortiz, Bill Weldon, and Jamie Perry. Honorary Pallbearers were Wayne Goble, Ted Tafoya, Tom Hartl, Steve Hartl, and his dice table buddies at Isleta and Santa Ana. Arrangements were under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM. (575) 835-1530.McCART – Ian Renton McCart passed away at Mass. General Hospital in Boston. He was the son of the late Dr. Howard McCart and his wife, Helen. He is survived by his sister, Wendy Porritt; brother David McCart, and friends Albert Buytendorp, Paula Riley, and Vern Leavitt. Ian was an active member of Epiphany Episcopal Church in Socorro, NM — participating in the altar guild and performing other services for the Church. A memorial service will be held at Epiphany Episcopal Church on January 9, 2010 at 11:30 a.m., Father Woody Peabody presiding.

PERRY – Gary Dale Perry headed for his last roundup on Wednesday, May 5, 2010. To carry on Gary.s passion for living life to the fullest is his devoted wife, Vannetta of San Antonio; his sons, S/SGT Galen of Aviano Air Force Base, Italy; Dustin of San Antonio; and daughter, Brette also of San Antonio; his loving and devoted parents Glenn and Betty Perry of San Antonio; brother, Larry Perry and wife Michelle of Mountainair, NM; sisters, Charlotte Jones and husband, Wilton of San Antonio; Shanna Allison and husband, Frank of Farmington, NM; and Cheryl Crosley and husband, Randy of Albuquerque, NM; and many  nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and friends. Born May 1, 1951, in Magdalena, NM, Gary lived in Pie Town, Socorro, and near San Antonio.  An avid supporter of youth activities in Socorro County, Gary enjoyed watching athletic events, especially when his children were playing.  He was president and member of the Socorro County Fair and Rodeo Association for over twenty years.  His commitment to community also involved serving as member and chairman of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, representing Socorro County for over fifteen years. He raised and trained registered Quarter horses and farmed north of San Antonio.  An avid outdoorsman and hunter, Gary.s favorite activities were best shared with family and friends.  His passions of hunting and training horses were inspiring to his children who continue to enjoy these. The graveside service will be held Sunday, May 9, 2010 at 2:00 PM at the Greer Cemetery in Catron County with Pastor Sam Norris officiating.  Pall bearers are Johnny Ray Mounyo, Travis Harris, Billy Jack Pound, Randy McKee, Joe Pound, Gene Harvey, Bob Hudgins, Bill Spears.  Honorary pall bearers include Larry Perry, Terry Hudgins, Buddy Tigner, Fletcher Tigner, Wilton Jones, Frank Allison, Randy Crosley, and Marty Greenwood.  To celebrate the life of Gary, a memorial service will be held Monday, May 10, 2010 at 11:00 AM at Kelly Hall, Socorro County Fairgrounds in Socorro NM. To honor Gary, contributions may be made to the NM Boys and Girls Ranches or any charity of choice.

PHILLIPS – Diane Dee Phillips, 66, passed away Monday, November 29, 2010 at her home in Socorro, NM, surrounded by her loving family. Diane was born on April 28, 1944 in Massillon, Ohio to Crawford and Maxine (Osborne) Isbell. She is survived by her loving husband of 48 years of marriage, Roger Phillips of Socorro; her devoted sons, Scott Phillips and wife, Christine of Albuquerque, NM; and Steven Phillips of Socorro;  her adored grandchildren, Justin; Eric; Haley; and Ryan; and her loving mother in law, Jeanette Phillips also of Socorro. Diane was a resident of Socorro since 1965. She enjoyed Elvis Presley music. Diane was a wonderful wife, mother , grandmother, and friend. Being a Mother and Grandmother brought Diane so much joy and happiness. She was preceded in death by her Parents. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 11:00 am at The Daniels Family Funeral Services Socorro Chapel. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

PLATT – Linda Marie Platt (nee Roath) completed her earthly journey on Friday, June 4, 2010, after a brief illness. She was born to Archie J. and Jean F. Roath on April 17, 1947 in Buffalo, Wyo. She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Thomas Gregory (Greg) Platt of Socorro; sons David Goeffrey Platt of Chicago, Ill; and Thomas Glenford Platt and wife Stephanie of Annapolis, MD; and daughter Ella Jean Musser and husband Fritz of Edgewater Maryland; brother Jack L. Roath of Canon City, Co.; sister Gwendolyn M. Roath of Socorro; six grandchildren, extended family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, David Tyler. Linda graduated from Lovington (NM) high school in 1965 and attended the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Wherever Linda lived – New Mexico, Greencastle, Ind., Puerto Rico; Plano, Tx.; Anapolis, Md., and Socorro – she made friends with her  big smile, easy laugh and her caring and compassionate ways. She was an active member of the Baha’i Faith and was a trained teacher for children and adults in Baha’i education. A highlight for her was a pilgrimage in the late 1980s to the Baha’i World Center in Haifa, Israel. She worked closely with her husband in his computer business in Texas and later worked as phlebotomist and office manager for doctors in Maryland. After moving to Socorro in 2000 to be closer to her family, Linda worked first at the Bhasker Clinic and then the Socorro PMS Community Clinic. Linda opened her heart and home to numerous people over the years including troubled teens seeking a stable environment, which led to those teens and her own to dub their home “The Refugee Center”. “She was always encouraging other people and giving them solace,” said her husband, noting her loving ways and quiet certitude. She maintained a life-long association with members of her high school Girl Scout troup; and friendships formed in her early college years. She loved reading, studying history and was an avid amateur photographer. She was also a member of the Fiber Arts Guild and the Friends of the Bosque del Apache NWR. Friends are invited to a memorial celebration of her life on Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at 5 p.m. at the Casa Blanca Bed and Breakfast, San Antonio. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to HHC/Hospice, P.O. Box 1009, Socorro, NM 87801 or the American Cancer Society.

PINO – Jimmy R. Pino, 78, passed away on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 in Belen, NM. Jimmy is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Arabella Pino of Socorro; his sons, Samuel Pino; Lorenzo Lucas Pino; Orlando Pino and wife, Linda; and Richard J. Pino and wife, Carmen; his daughter, Marina “Elena” Lopez and companion, Arthur Heron; 12 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; his sister, Christina McAlexander; his brothers, Vincent C. Pino and wife, Fiedlina; and Joe L. Pino; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, and friends. He was a lifelong resident of Socorro. Jimmy was preceded in death by his great granddaughter, Faith Pino; brothers, Jakie Pino and Stanley Pino; and one sister, Eloisa Baca. A Visitation will be held at Daniels Family Funeral Services on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.  A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 8:30 am at San Miguel Catholic Church followed by a Mass of Resurrection at 9:00 am with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial will take place in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers are Christopher Lopez, Tony Pino, Lorenzo R. Pino, Orlando M. Pino, Richard J. Pino Jr., and Andrew G. Pino. Honorary pallbearers are Ryan H. Lopez, Tommy L. Pino, Derek O. Pino, Ryan D. Lopez Jr., Joshua M. Lopez, and Arthur F. Heron. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

POLLOCK – William L. Pollock, 79, resident of Deming passed away Thursday April 7, 2011 at Mimbres Memorial Hospital. At his request cremation will take place and no services will be held. Bill was born April 6, 1932 in Oakwood, Illinois to Donald and Thelma Pollock.  He served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War and was the recipient of the Purple Heart. On April 26, 1954 he married Flossie Phillips of Scotland, Illinois.  In 1957 he moved his family to New Mexico where he worked as an appliance repairman in Socorro and Albuquerque.  He later worked for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Federal Aviation Administration as an electrical technician.  He moved to Deming in 1968 and was a volunteer with the Deming Fire Department.  No matter where his work took him he served his community as a police officer, emergency medical technician and volunteer fire fighter.  Even after his retirement he worked with Firefighters Express transporting fire fighters to wildfire locations throughout the western United States.  Bill was a member of the Purple Heart Association and the D. A. V. He is survived by his wife, Flossie Pollock of Deming; sons, William Pollock Jr. and his wife Cindy of Columbus, NM, Daniel Pollock of Tucson, AZ; daughters, Wanda McNabb and her husband Jerry of Midwest City, OK; Diana Brown of Deming; Andrea Davidson and her husband Mike of Organ, NM; Sharon Ferguson and her husband Sam of Deming; brothers, James Pollock and his wife Martha of Danville, IL; Harold Pollock and his wife Rosalie of Covington, IN and Michael Pollock of Danville, IL; sister, Helen Brown of Danville, IL; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; 4 brothers, sister and a grandson, Lucas Brown. Entrusted to the care of Baca’s Funeral Chapels.  Exclusive provider for “Veterans & Family Memorial Care”.  To sign the online guest book or to send a card, please visit our website at www.bacasfuneralchapels.com. 811 S. Gold Ave., Deming, NM 88030.  Phone: 575-546-9671

POWELL – Louise Powell, 97, died Friday, July 30, 2010, after a long and full life. She was born July 29, 1913, in Belen, NM, to Librada Aragon Tafoya and Julian Tafoya. She was preceded in death by her parents and seven brothers and sisters. A life-long New Mexico resident, she was married July 18, 1942, to Fred J. Powell, her husband of 50 years, who also preceded her in death. She is survived by her daughter, Marcy Smith and husband Daryl; grandson, Michael Earnest and wife Terri; granddaughter, Kelly Earnest; grandson, Brian Earnest; and great-grandchildren: Frederick Earnest, Jacob Earnest, Billie Rose Earnest, and Emerson Johnson. Services were held Monday, August 2, 2010, at French – Westside Chapel. Burial followed at Lemitar Cemetery, Lemitar, NM. We are grateful for the loving care she received from staff and friends at Autumn Glow. Please visit our online guest book for Louise at RememberTheirStory.com. Arrangements by French, 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM  87114, (505)897-0300.

RANK – Lailah Jean Rank, went home to be an angel with our lord and savior on January 24, 2011. Baby Lailah is survived by her loving parents, Berna Jean Griego and John Joseph Rank of Socorro; her maternal grandparents, Mary Helen Griego and Jimmy Jo Griego; and her paternal grandparents, Eustolia Rank and James Sanchez. Lailah is preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Joe Rank. A Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 29, 2011 from 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Daniels Family Funeral Services Socorro Chapel followed by a Memorial Rosary which will be recited at 7:00 pm. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com.Lailah’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

RAUTIO – Sarah M. Rautio, 1928-2009, age 81, a resident of Socorro, NM, went home to the Lord on Sunday, December 20, 2009.  She was born in Charleston, WV, and formerly a resident of Bosque Farms, NM, for over 20 years where she raised her family. Sarah was a beloved mother and grandmother and was a foster mother to many children during the 80’s. The most important thing in life to Sarah was family. Her love and faith in us and our dear Lord will live through us all. She was preceded in death by her parents, GB and Vicia Haynes; brothers, John, Carl and Kenneth Sergent and son, James Hood. Sarah is survived by her loving husband of 12 years, Leonard Rautio of Socorro; three daughters, Mary Hood Abeyta of Aurora, CO, Susan Hood Hunter and husband, Dale of Albuquerque, NM, Barbara Hood Fox and husband, Ray of Mobile, AL; son, George Hood and wife, Samantha of Bosque Farms; nine grandchildren, Carolyn, Charlene, Melissa, Karen, Walter, Raymond, Trey, Trenton, and Tristan and many great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many friends. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, December 23, at the 1st Baptist Church of Socorro, 203 Spring St. SW, in Socorro at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Bob Farmer officiating. Interment will take place at a later date. To those who want to make a tribute to Sarah’s life please make a donation to the Children’s Christian Fund, 2821 Emerywood Parkway, Richmond, VA 23294 or 1-800.776.6767.   Sign Sarah’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com.  Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM. (505) 864-8501

RAUTIO – Leonard T. Rautio age 90, a resident of Socorro, N.M. went to be with our Lord on Saturday Oct. 9. He was born in Van Buren Minnesota and was a long time resident of his beloved town of Socorro.  He served in the US Air Force and retired from the Civil Service in 1963. He enjoyed his retirement to the fullest by spending time with his family, friends and volunteering for his community.  He was a member of the Socorro Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents Peter and Olga Rautio of Spencer N.Y.; his siblings; and his beloved wife Sarah Rautio. Leonard is survived by his daughter, Helen and granddaughter, Jenny.  He is also survived by his stepchildren, George Hood and wife, Samantha of Bosque Farms, N.M., Susan Hunter and husband, Dale of Albuquerque, N.M., Barbara Fox and husband, Ray of Mobile, Ala., Mary Abeita of Aurora, Colo.; and many step-grandchildren and great step-grandchildren.  Leonard is loved and adored by us all and many more.  We have suffered and great loss and will miss him deeply. A Funeral Service will be held at Socorro Baptist Church, 203 Spring St., SW on Saturday, October 16 2010 at 1:00pm with Pastor Bob Farmer officiating. Sign Leonard’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM. (505) 864-8501

REED – Luther C. Reed passed away November 26, 2009 at his home of 45 years in Socorro, NM. He was born May 6, 1927 in Grady, NM. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Jan Reed; his son Byron Reed and wife Vicki; his daughter Dana Etscorn and husband Dylan; his adored granddaughter Shelbi Etscorn; his sister, Marie Chisholm; and numerous other family and friends. Many thanks to those that helped in his last few years.
 
REYNOLDS – Betty Jo (Blakslee) Reynolds, 68, passed away April 22, 2011 at her home in Deming, NM after a six year battle with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Betty was a former resident of Socorro and Hillsboro and served as Librarian at New Mexico Tech. Memorial services will be held on Sat. April 30 – 3:00 PM, at St. Lukes Episcopal Church 419 W. Spruce St. Deming. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (www.lls.org)

REYNOLDS – Magdalena “Maggie” Reynolds, age 79, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Friday, September 18, 2009.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Los Chavez and loved life, dancing, garage sales and her family and many friends.  She was dearly loved and will be missed forever.  Maggie was preceded in death by her parents, Nicholas and Romola Rivera; brothers, Manuel, Nick and Valentine Rivera and a sister, Julia Padilla.  She is survived by her children, Doris Joy, Edward Reynolds, Janice Linda Granger and Renee Mollineda; her grandchildren, John Ferren, James Alarcon, Fabian Chavez, Carol Reynolds, Sean Chavez, Nicholas Reynolds, Joseph Davison, Brandon Smith and Jacqueline Davison as well as her great-grandchildren, McKayla, Talan, Tristan, Madaline, Posey, James and Aryk.  A viewing was be held on Monday, September 21, 2009 from 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM at Riverside Funeral Home of Belen, 418 W. Reinken Ave.  Funeral services were held on Tuesday at 10:00 AM at the First Baptist Church of Los Chavez, followed by interment in Terrace Grove Cemetery.  An online guest register is available at www.riversideofbelen.com.

RINCON – Samuel M. Rincon, 46, passed away Wednesday, November 17, 2010 in Socorro, NM. Samuel was born on June 29, 1964 to Ray and Theresa (Martinez) Rincon in Socorro, NM. He is survived by his wife Hurlena (Crocker) Rincon of Socorro; also surviving are his devoted children, Gavino R. Rincon, of White River, AZ; Samralena I. Torres and husband Ernesto, of Magdalena, NM; Savannah L. Rincon, of Socorro; Reylena L. Rincon, of Socorro; grandchildren, Helenesa A. Apachito, Nehemiah V. Rincon, Obadiah T. Torres, Delvino S. Rincon, and Nevaeh E. Rincon; his sister, Annie Rincon of Socorro; and his niece Christy Hinton, of Socorro, NM. He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, one uncle and one aunt. Samuel was a lifelong resident of Socorro and a member of the Socorro Revival Center Church.  A Wake will be held Monday, Nov. 22, 2010 and a Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Annie Rincon Celebrant at the Socorro Revival Center Church in Socorro, NM.  Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

RIVAS – Rosa Maria Rivas, 90, went to be with the Lord on December 2, 2009. Rose is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Fermin Rivas; brothers, Perciliano Romero; Serafin (Ali) Romero; Alexandro Romero; and Sister, Marie Romero. Rose was born in San Marcial, NM. She was the daughter of Geronimo and Virginia Romero of Socorro,NM. She is survived by her sons, Andy Rivas and wife, Terry; Michael Rivas and wife, Lucille; five grandchildren, Rick; Peter; Monico; Julie; Rudy; and several Great Grandchildren. Rose will be missed by her family. We will miss all her great cooking. She loved entertaining Friends and Family. She loved a good party, especially if it was at her house. Rose was a volunteer foster grandparent at Lowell Elementary. She loved the Children and they loved her. A Rosary  will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2009 at San Miguel Catholic Church at 10:00 a.m. with a Mass of Resurrection immediately following. Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial  will take place in the San Miguel Cemetery in Socorro. Pallbearers are Rick Rivas, Peter Rivas, Leroy Lopez, Lawrence Rafael, Peter Garcia, Monico Rivas, and Timothy Rivas. Arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575) 835-1530.
 
RIVERA – Benjamin R. Rivera, 83, passed away on Monday, June 14, 2010 at his home in Socorro, NM. Ben was born on September 24, 1926, in Belen, NM to Miguel B. and Maria Gertrude (Romero) Rivera. He is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Cindy J. (Hubbard) Rivera of Socorro; his devoted daughters, Maria G. Rivera and companion, Anthony Turrietta of Socorro; Elizabeth A. (Rivera) Russell and husband, Eric of Albuquerque, NM; and Theresa A. (Rivera) Rosales and husband, Tommy of Lemitar, NM; 7 grandchildren, Savannah; Brianna; Shaianne; Stephen; Elijah; Tomas; and John Benjamin; and sisters, Tita Sanchez of Socorro; and Alice Costa and husband Richard of Fremont, CA. Benjamin was a resident of Socorro for the past 30 years. He served in WWII with the US Marine Corps and was a member of the 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus and a professional Butcher for over 20 years in California. He worked for New Mexico Tech as a groundskeeper, retiring in 1986 after 12 years of service. Benjamin was a life long Catholic and a current member and Eucharistic Minister of San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Ben enjoyed the outdoors. Benjamin was preceded in death by his son, Anthony Rivera, January 3, 2004; sisters, Sr. Marianna Rivera; Nina Cordova; Dessie Gonzales; and brothers, Daniel, Tony, and Joe Rivera. A Rosary will be recited on Friday, June 18, 2010 at 7:00 PM at San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in La Joya, NM with Father William Sanchez as Celebrant. Interment will take place in the La Joya Cemetery. Pallbearers are Eddie Austin, James Benjamin Rivera, Pete Sanchez, Robert Rivera, Ernie Cordova, Nigel Montano, and Seles Padilla. Honorary Pallbearers are Stephen Rivera, Elijah Russell, Tomas Rosales Jr., Roy Green, Robert Sorrels, Marcel Abeyta, Casey Hubbard, Eric Russell, Tommy Rosales, and Anthony Turrietta.   Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

RIVERA – Placido G. Rivera, 89, passed away on Monday, November 23, 2009 in Socorro, NM.  He was born October 28, 1920 in Socorro, NM to Cornelio and Tomasita (Peralta) Rivera.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Ida in 1988.  He is survived by his daughters: Antoinette Silva of Socorro; Rebecca Gutierrez and husband, Frank of Socorro; and Mary Ann Baca and husband, Oswald of Tome, NM; sister, Fina Carrillo of Socorro; grandchildren: Candice Baldonado, Jessica Baldonado and Channele Baldonado; great grandchildren: Ambriel Padilla, Jamayla Padilla, Nevaeh Padilla, Yazmine Hernandez, Japhon Hernandez, Jrephon Hernandez and Mark Padilla Jr. A Rosary was held on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro, NM.  Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated  on Wednesday, November 25, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. at San Miguel Church with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant.  Burial will be in the Polvadera, NM cemetery.  Pallbearers are Paul Silva, Michael Silva, Lorenzo Ortega, Juan Gonzales, Manny Marquez and Oswald Baca.  Arrangements are under the direction of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM. (575)835-1530.
 

ROBISON – Long time Socorro resident, Dorothy L. Robison, passed away December 14, 2010 at age 91. Dorothy was born in Oklahoma to Florence and Harry Tolliver. She married Carlisle Robison in 1936 and they were married for 65 years until his death in 2002. Dorothy and Carlisle moved to Socorro from California in 1949. They began farming and Dorothy went to work for then Mountain Bell. She became chief operator and held that position until Socorro converted to dial. She retired from Qwest after 42 years of service. She is survived by her children Carl Robison (Connie) of Flagstaff, AZ and Beverley Shinkle (Mike) of Phoenix, AZ. Four grandsons Robert Bangerter, Jr. (Pat) of Las Vegas, NV; Wes Bangerter (Shelly) of Houston, TX; Phil Bangerter (Lyn) of Denver, CO; and Tracy Robison (Brenda) of Flagstaff, AZ. Seven great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren and her sister Wanda Maxwell of Denver CO also survive her. Her parents, her brothers Virgil, Gordon, and Elmer Tolliver and her sisters Dorris Baldwin and Hazel Mannering, preceded her in death. No services are planned. Burial will be in Texas.
RODRIGUEZ – Beatrice C. Rodriguez, 86, passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2011 in Socorro, NM surrounded by her loving family. Beatrice was born on May 19, 1925 in Alanillo, NM to Alfredo and Dolores Chavez. She is survived by her loving husband, David Rodriguez; her devoted children, Lawrence Romero and wife, Carol; Billy Romero and wife, Pat; Lola Kalbfleiseh and husband, Jess Luna; Pauline Chavez and husband, Manuel; Carol Echavarria and husband, Pete; Mary Villegas and husband, Bucho; David Rodriguez and wife, Irma; Elvira Villegas and husband, Pablo; and Sally Haberstich and husband, Rick; 27 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren; and 8 great great grandchildren. Beatrice was a lifetime resident of the Socorro area. She loved spending time with family. Beatrice enjoyed collecting roosters, apples and admired any type of flower. She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Joe Romero, her daughter, Mary Romero, her grandson, Lawrence Romero Jr., five brothers and one sister. A Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 24, 2011 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the Daniels Family Funeral Services Socorro Chapel. The Rosary will be recited also on Sunday July 24, 2011 at the San Miguel Catholic Church. A Mass of Resurrection will be held on Monday, July 25, 2011 at 9:00 am at the San Miguel Catholic Church with Monsignor Leo Gomez. Interment will be held in the Lemitar Cemetery. Pallbearers are: Joe Chavez, Bobby Chavez, Andre Gonzales, Koshmen Carson, Chris Leyva, and Patrick Baldonado. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com.Beatrices’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. 575- 835-1530
ROMERO – Edward L. Romero, 52, passed away Thursday, April 15, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM. Edward was born September 16, 1957 in Socorro, NM. He proudly served in the US Army. Edward is preceded in death by his mother, Felicta Leyba; his 4 brothers, Patricio, Alejandro, Guadalupe, and Joe; and his sisters, Helen Romero and Erlinda Aragon. He is survived by his brothers, George of Socorro, Albert of Show Low, AZ, Henry of Polvadera, NM, Billy of Socorro, and Johnny, also of Socorro; his sister Christine Archibeque and husband Albert of Albuquerque; special companion, Doug Simon of Albuquerque, and numerous nieces and nephews. A Rosary will be recited on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 9:00 am at San Miguel Catholic Church with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial will take place in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers are Albert Romero, Ray Aragon, Lawrence Romero, Alex Robert Romero, Manuel L. Romero, Enrique Romero, Jason Romero, and Manuel Romero. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM, 87801. (575) 835-1530.
ROMERO – Elaine Georgina “TUTU” Romero, 35, passed away on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at her home in Socorro, NM. Elaine was born on December 23, 1974 to Ismael and Della (Vasquez) Romero in Socorro, NM. She is survived by her partner, Jobi Miller of Socorro, and 2 children, Jacob and Stevie; her loving father, Ismael Romero of Lemitar, NM; her brothers, Robert Hignight and wife, Kim; and Gilbert Romero and wife, Misty; her sisters, Linda Camazey and husband Cigi; Becky Silva and husband Ramon; and Mary Ann Silva; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Elaine is preceded in death by her beloved mother, Della Romero. Cremation has taken place and no formal services have been scheduled at this time. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801.(575) 835-1530
ROMERO – Higinio Romero, 79, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 13, 2010. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Geraldine Romero; his children: son Trinie Romero and wife Emily; daughters: Emma Angel and husband James; May Padilla and husband Johnny; Christine Romer; Patricia Gallegos and husband Larry; Sandra Lopez and husband Max; Yolanda Martinez and husband Ray. He is also survived by his brothers Cleto Romero and Graible Romero; sisters Benny Sanchez, Lou Gonzales, and Sylvia Mascarenas. Higinio had 17 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, and 1 great, great grandchild. Higinio is preceded in death by his parents Lenore (Sanchez) Romero and Prosero Romero of Santa Rita, NM, his brothers David Romero and Frankie Romero. Higinio was very loved by friends and family. He will be missed very much. The family would like you to join them for the burial services in Socorro at the San Miguel Cemetery on Saturday, April 10 at 10 am. Following will be a gathering at 1406 Cottonwood, the home of Trinie & Emily.
ROMERO – Julianita S. Romero, 97, passed away on Saturday, November 14, 2009 in Socorro, NM.  She was born April 19, 1912 in Luis Lopez, NM to Sixto and Leanore (Gonzales) Saavedra Sr.  She is preceded in death by her brothers: Teodoro and Juan Saavedra; sisters: Catalina Gonzales, Andreita Saavedra, Altagracia Garcia, and Cristella Gonzales.  She is survived by her daughter, Lora Padilla and husband, Charlie of Socorro; brothers: Sixto Saavedra Jr. of Albuquerque, NM and Eustaquio Saavedra of Escondida, NM; sister, Gertrude Rivera of Santa Fe, NM; grandchildren: Walter Robinson, Frank Rice, Peter Rice and Debby Shak; many great grandchildren and other relatives.  A Rosary was recited on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the San Miguel Catholic Church with Mass of the Resurrection immediately following.  Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant.  Inurnment was in the San Miguel Cemetery.  Pallbearer was Joe Daniel Saavedra.  Cremation arrangements were under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM. 87801.  (575)835-1530.
ROMERO – Monica Renee Romero, 20, passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2009 in Socorro, NM.  She was born June 24, 1989 in Socorro, NM to Pablo and Christina (Marin) Romero.  Monica is a graduate of Magdalena High School.  She was presently attending New Mexico State U., Dona Ana Branch and was working at a Day Care Center.  Monica is survived by her parents, Pablo and Christina of the family home in San Antonito, NM; her brother, Gerardo Romero of San Antonito; her sisters: Nadya and Senaida Romero, both of San Antonito; her boyfriend, Warren Gordon; her grandparents, Lorenzo & Lillie Marin of Las Cruces, NM; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.  A Rosary was recited onWednesday, October 14, 2009 at the San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro.  Funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday, October 15, 2009 at San Miguel with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant.  Burial was in the San Antonito Cemetery.  Pallbearers are Gerardo Romero, Warren Gordon, Mike Padilla, Franklin Jaramillo-Marquez, Frank Masterson, and Briar Bille.  Honorary Pallbearers are Dominic C. Romero, Mario Marin, Jacob Marin, Andrew Aragon, and the rest of her many friends and family members.  Arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575)835-1530.
ROMERO – Terry Romero, 62, passed away on Monday, August 31, 2009 at her home near Luis Lopez, NM. She was born October 3, 1946 in El Paso, TX to Rosalio and Luisa (Gonzales) Romero. Terry is survived by her husband, Albert of the family home; son, Albert Romero Jr. of Las Cruces, NM; daughter. Mary Louise Kelly of Leander, TX; brothers: Rosalio Romero Jr. of Albuquerque, NM; Bernie Romero of San Antonio, NM; and Tony Romero of Albuquerque; sister, Grace Romero of San Antonio, NM; grandchildren: Miranda Romero of Las Cruces; and Maddox Kelly of Leander, TX. A Rosary was recited on Friday, September 4, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at San Miguel with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial will be in the San Antonito Cemetery. Pallbearers are Sidro Romero, Antonio Romero Jr., Bernie Romero Jr., Diego Romero, Dennis Gallegos and Jerry Armijo. Honorary Pallbearer is LaDon Moten. Arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575)835-1530.
ROSAS – Anthony J. Rosas, 49, passed away on Monday, November 1, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM. Anthony was born July 10, 1961 to Manuel C. and Sofia (Saavedra) Rosas in Socorro, NM. He is survived by his loving wife of 18 years, Arlene (Torres) Rosas of Albuquerque; his devoted daughters, Desiree Rosas of Socorro, NM; Savannah Jaramillo of Socorro; and Mariah Rosas of Albuquerque; one precious granddaughter, Serenity Jaramillo-Suarez; his sister, Lillie Orloff and husband, Kenneth; his brothers, Leo Rosas; Reynaldo Rosas and wife, Tomasita; Henry Rosas and wife, Terry; Lawrence Rosas and wife, Juanita; Jake Rosas and wife, Mary; Raymond Rosas and wife, Grace; and Patrick Rosas and Leeann Johnson; and many loving in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Anthony was a lifelong resident of Socorro. He was a former employee of UPS in Albuquerque. Music was Anthony’s passion, as he was a current Guitarist and Vocalist for the AMA Flyboys and formally with Southern Rail. He recorded several CD’s during his music career and loved his music. Anthony was a member of San Miguel Catholic Church and St. Joseph on the Rio Grande. His Family was his world and he loved them dearly. Anthony is preceded in death by his grandparents; his parents; a brother, Elpidio Rosas; his niece, Consuelo Vigil; and his sister-in-law, Charlene Rosas. A Rosary will be recited Saturday, November 6, 2010 at the San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro at 10:30 a.m. with a Mass of Resurrection which will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. with father Andy Pavlak. Interment will be in the Luis Lopez Cemetery in Luis Lopez, New Mexico. Pallbearers are Ronald Rosas, Manuel Rosas, Jon Rosas, Eric Rosas, Steve Rosas, and Patrick Rosas. Honorary Pallbearers are Antonio Montoya, Henry Rosas Jr., and Gabel Rosas. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Anthony Rosas Medical account at any Bank of America branch. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530
RUDDER – Maude Rudder, 96, a resident of Sierra Heath Care Center, died on Monday, November 15, 2010. She was born on July 28, 1914 in San Jon, NM,  to Sayward and Mami Irene (Goodrum) Gordanier. Maude was self employed and owned a Drive-In restaurant in Shiprock, NM. Survivors include her daughter, Claudell Hodges, of T or C, NM; her grandchildren; Ray Hodges of Elephant But te, NM; Del rae Kelly of Magdalena,NM, Charlene Scott; Dan Rudder and Simon Rudder, of Farmington, NM; Edward Rudder of T or C, NM; Nycaa Rudder of Alaska and Rickey Rudder of California; her great-grandchildren; Bradley and Wesley Kelly, Byron and Lee Hodges, Marsha Scott Jr., Casey and Shasta Rudde, and Simon Jr., and Tancy Rudder; Great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; her daughters in-law, Jeannie Rudder of Farmington, NM, and Pat Rudder of Oakridge, OR; and several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her son-in-law, James R. Hodges; By her husband, William Marshall Rudder, by her sons, William Marshall Rudder and Danny Ray Rudder; and by her granddaughter Marsha Louise Hodges. Services will be held on Friday, November 19, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Datil, NM with Rev. Billy Moore officiating. Interment will follow at Greensgap Cemetary in Greensgap, NM. Serving as Casket Bearers will be Ray Hodges, Mike Kelly, Bradley Kelly, Wesley Kelly, Danny Rudder and Simon Rudder. Honorary Casket Bearers are Johnny Mounyo, Justin Cleary, Martin Harris and Floyd Gordanier. Arrangements are by Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. 303 N. Cedar St. For online condolences, go to www.kirikosfamilyfuneralhome.com.SAAVEDRA – Eustaquio G. Saavedra, 87, passed away on Monday, November 30, 2009 in Socorro, NM. Eustaquio was born on May 13, 1922 to Sixto Saavedra Sr. and Leanore Gonzales, in Luis Lopez, NM. He is survived by his Wife,Priscilla Maria (Gonzales) Saavedra of Socorro; Sons, Joe Daniel Saavedra; and Edward L. Saavedra and Wife, Patty, all of Socorro; Brother, Sixto Saavedra Jr. of Albuquerque, NM; Sister, Gertrude Rivera of Santa Fe, NM; and Grandchildren, Zach Saavedra and Wife, Melissa; Amaiah Saavedra; Kiahna Reyes; and Marcos Reyes. Eustaquio serverd in the US Army  and worked at and retired from  Socorro General Hospital as a Maintenance Boiler Operator. He is preceded in death by Brothers, Teodoro Saavedra; Juan Saavedra; Sisters, Catalina Gonzales; Andreita Saavedra; Altagracia Garcia; Cristella Gonzales; and Julianita Romero. A Rosary was recited on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 8:30 am at San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro, NM, with  A Mass Of Ressurection immediately following. Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial took place in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery in Socorro. Pallbearers were Sigfred Rivera, Ted Saavedra, Joe Saavedra, Amaiah Saavedra, Zach Saavedra, and Felix Saavedra, Arrangements were under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro,NM 87801. (575) 835-1530. SAIZ – Juliet Evangeline Saiz, went home to be an angel with our lord and savior on June 23, 2011. Baby Juliet is survived by her loving parents, Amanda Scarborough and Robert Saiz of Socorro; her sister, Raya Saiz; maternal grandparents, Johnny and Leonard Scarborough; paternal grandmother, Margie Baca; Aunts, Kim; Dana; and Kristin Scarborough; uncle, Scott Scarborough; and many cousins.  Baby Juliet was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Saiz Jr. in 2007 A Graveside Service will be held on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 10:00 am in the Lemitar Cemetery. Baby Juliet’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530
SAIZ – Mary Theresa, 50, passed away Wednesday, June 9, 2010 in Socorro, NM. Theresa was born on July 22, 1959 in Socorro, NM, to Tobias M. and Polly (Santillanes) Saiz. She is survived by her loving and devoted parents, Toby and Polly Saiz of Lemitar, NM; her loving children, Erika Baxter and husband, Matt of Maricopa, AZ; James Chavez of Socorro; and Clarisse Chavez also of Socorro; her devoted sister, Janice Blevins and husband, Joe of Bosque Farms, NM; a loving brother, Toby C. Saiz of Los Lunas, NM; her grandson, Cullen Baxter; 2 nieces, Sandra Griego and husband, Eric; and Paula Raley and husband, Jason; 1 nephew, Bobby Nash, great niece and nephew, Alyssa and Jacob Raley; uncle, Rocky Santillanes; and aunts Isabel Padilla; and Helen Garcia. Theresa was a lifelong resident of Socorro. She had a passion for helping people, young and old alike. She provided 12 years of local childcare and was a former Aerobics Instructor in Socorro and was involved in Aerobics in Los Lunas, NM. Theresa also was involved in “Relay for Life” Cancer Walk. She was a member of San Miguel Catholic Church. Theresa was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents and her uncle Donie Santillanes. A Rosary will be recited on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 10:00 am at San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:30 am also on Saturday, June12, 2010 at San Miguel Catholic Church with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial will take place in the Lemitar Cemetery, Lemitar, NM. Pallbearers are Joe Blevins, Matt Baxter, Marty Chavez, Kenny Torres, Kenny Gonzales, and Jason Raley. Honorary Pallbearers are Bobby Nash and Eric Griego. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530
SANCHEZ – Lena G. Sanchez, 85, passed away on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 in Socorro, NM surrounded by her loving family. Lena was born on May 2, 1926 in Belen, NM to Ruperto and Sylvia (Cordova) Gallegos. She is survived by her loving son, Anthony Sanchez and wife, Annie; her devoted daughters, Angie Ochoa and husband, Guillermo;  Dolores Czosnek and husband, Mike; and Anna Chavez and husband, Carlo; one brother, Damacio Gallegos; her sister, Yvonne Anaya; 13 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; 13 great great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Lena was a resident of Socorro for about 48 years. She and Jose traveled a lot and raised their children from place to place like Nebraska and California. Lena loved to collect knick knacks. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy and she loved them to the fullest. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jose Mercedes Sanchez, two sons, Jose D. Sanchez; and Norman Manuel Sanchez; her parents; and her two brothers, Leroy Gallegos; and Abe Gallegos. A Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Daniels Family Funeral Services Socorro Chapel. A Rosary will be recited immediately following also at the Socorro Chapel. A Mass of Resurrection will then take place on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 9:00 am at the San Miguel Catholic Church with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment will be held in the San Miguel Cemetery in Socorro.  To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Lena’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. 575-835-1530
SANCHEZ – Lorenzo (“Larry”) Sanchez, 87, of Las Nutrias, New Mexico, passed away on Thursday, October 20.  He was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish of La Joya.  While in college, he was a member of the University of New Mexico Lobo Men’s Basketball Team Mr. Sanchez was a World War II veteran.  His military service took him from the Normandy Invasion on D-Day, landing on Omaha Beach, through some of the most intense battles in World War II, including the Battle of the Bulge; to the liberation of Paris, and through to the surrender of Berlin.  He served in the Army from 1943 through 1945 with the 83rd Infantry Division. After his discharge from the Army, he earned a BA in Political Science and MA in Inter-American Affairs from the University of New Mexico.  He continued to serve his country through his civil service with the Federal government until his retirement in 1978.  Through his employment, he lived and traveled widely in Latin America and Southeast Asia. Following his retirement, he built a beautiful home with the help of his sons on the family property in Las Nutrias and settled into the life of a gentleman farmer.  Whatever he did, he worked to perfect his craft.  Under his touch, a vineyard, orchard, and garden flourished.  He loved to make wine from his grapes. He is remembered most fondly by his family for his love of music, a good laugh, and his artistic talents.  He was a deeply devout Catholic.  His faith carried him through many difficult times in his life.  He will be deeply missed and fondly remembered. He is predeceased by his first wife, Celina Abeyta Sanchez; an infant daughter, Monica, his brother, Joe, and his parents Jose and Vivianita.  He is survived by his second wife, Judith Sanchez of Belen; his daughter, Theresa, of Garland, Texas; sons, Michael of  Albuquerque, Patrick of Rio Rancho, and M. Eric of Richland, Washington; and their spouses, Robert, Kristina, Patricia, and Rachael; stepdaughter Anna of Lytle Creek, California;  and stepson James of Los Angeles; and their spouses, Thomas and Nasi; grandchildren Alexander, Bethany, Melissa, Matthew, Mikayla, and step-grandchildren Sarah, Therese and Kian.  All services will be held at the San Isidro Catholic Church in Las Nutrias, beginning with a viewing on Monday, October 24, 2011 at 5:30 PM, followed by the rosary at 6:00 PM.  The funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 10:00 AM and interment with military honors will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Albuquerque.  An online guest register is available at www.noblinfunealservice.com
SANCHEZ – Nadine E. Sanchez (ARMIJO), passed away on Saturday, March 5, 2011 in Las Cruces, NM. She was born March 24, 1966 to Robert and Genevieve Armijo in Socorro, NM. She is preceded in death by her Parents: Robert and Genevieve Armijo, her stepfather Celso Tafoya, her grandparents Benjamin Garcia, Juanita Contreras, Crusita and Pelajio Armijo. She is survived by her husband: Albert Sanchez Sr., her son Albert Jr. and daughter Sharlette Star Sanchez, her brothers: Robert A. Armijo and wife, Esmeralda, Stephen R. Armijo and wife, Sonia; Christopher R. Armijo; Charles L. Armijo and Reina. Rosary will be recited on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 12:00 noon at the San Miguel Parish Hall. Funeral Mass will follow with Deacon Nicholas Keller as Celebrant. Interment will be in the San Antonio Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Robert A. Armijo, Stephen R. Armijo, Christopher R. Armijo, Charles L. Armijo, Eddie Sanchez, Albert Sanchez Jr., Honorary Pallbearer is Bobby R. Armijo. Arrangements by Baca’s Funeral Home in Las Cruces.
SAVEDRA – Floyd Anthony Savedra Jr., 25, passed away on Monday, May 31, 2010, in Socorro, NM. Floyd was born on May 21, 1985 in Socorro, NM, to Floyd A. and Margaret S. (Zamora) Savedra. He is survived by his dedicated and loving parents, Floyd and Margaret of Socorro; His son, Floyd Anthony Savedra III ”Faster” of Socorro; his step children, Morayma Martinez of Socorro; and David Torres of Socorro; His companion, April Contreras of Socorro; one sister, Felicia N. Savedra and companion, Frankie Torres of Socorro; his paternal grandparents, Edward and Martha Savedra of Socorro; maternal grandparents, Jimmy and Barbara Zamora of Luis Lopez; his maternal great grandmother, Lillie Gonzales of Socorro; his niece, Nevaeh Torres of Socorro  and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Floyd was a lifelong resident of Socorro. He graduated from Socorro High in 2003. Floyd was currently employed as a cement finisher with the family business, Edwards Construction. A Rosary will be recited on Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 9:30 am at the San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro. A Mass of Resurrection will follow at 10:00 am with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial will take place in the Luis Lopez Cemetery. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801 (575) 835-1530SANTIAGO de OROPESA – Ramon Juan Luis Santiago de Oropesa, Santero and artist, lost his long battle with cancer on  Wednesday, September 23, 2009. He is survived by his loving partner of 29 years and a loving sister and brother in law in New York. Vita brevis ars longa. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575)835-1530.

SANTILLANES – Joe A. Santillanes, age 85, passed away peacefully with his loving family surrounding him. Joe was born February 22, 1926 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Jose Moises and Faustina (Luna) Santillanes.  He is survived by his loving wife Carla Santillanes; his devoted children Irene Schneider and husband, David; Mary Jo Santillanes; Sophie Chavez and husband, Frank; Mona Torres and husband Max; Joseph A. (Jay) Santillanes and wife Matejka; His step-children  Marci Herrera and husband Henry; Nathan Lucero and wife KC; his two brothers David M. Santillanes and L.A. “Tony” Santillanes; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; his former wife and mother of his children Josie Santillanes; his devoted caregiver Angela Ortiz; and special friends Arturo Tafoya and Debbie Trujillo. Joe was a lifelong resident of New Mexico. Joe loved his life as a rancher, as well as watching old western movies. He also enjoyed playing a good game of pool and was very active in politics.  Joe is remembered as a great mentor for helping many young children learn the basics of the game of baseball as their coach. Joe was a veteran of the Navy and served on the U.S.S. Thatcher during WWII. Joe was also a life member of the American Legion Post #69.  He was preceded in death by his parents. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 from 5:30 pm until 7:00 pm at San Miguel Catholic Church, Socorro, NM. A Rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm following the visitation at the church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 9:00 am at San Miguel Catholic Church with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant.  Interment will be in Albuquerque at San Carlos Cemetery (off of Alameda Road) with Military Honors at 3:00 pm.  Pallbearers are Andre Tafoya, Johnny Joe Mann, Frank J. Chavez, Randy Mann, Max Torres III, Joseph A. Santillanes.  Honorary Pallbearers are Nathan Lucero, Henry Rosas, Jr., and Scott Schneider. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Joe’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

SCARTACCINI – James E Scartaccini was in an auto accident on Wednesday, September 15 and passed away on Friday, September 17.  James was born in Magdalena, N.M. on May 7, 1950 to Eugene and Ardell (Burkhart) Scartaccini. He was raised in Magdalena and Golden, N.M. and went to high school in Moriarty, N.M. where he played football and was active in FFA. James’ father and uncles were silver and gold miners in Kelly, Magdalena and Golden, N.M. James grew up working in those mines from when he was just a small boy. He collected mineral specimens as a boy and sold them to tourists in his mother’s antique shop. Geology and mineralogy were precious subjects to him. He was highly knowledgeable in these areas. James moved his family to Gila in 1982. Over the years he was active in mining in Southwest New Mexico and in northern Mexico. He worked in developing and promoting many mining operations in this area. Most recently, he was working on three mining projects that were very dear to him, The Royal John Mine, The Alhambra Mine in Grant County, and the Lone Pine Mine in Catron County. James was also a master diesel mechanic and had a used equipment sales business, Gila Equipment and Mining with his partner of 34 years. He enjoyed buying older loaders, dozers and other equipment; repairing and then selling them. He also enjoyed collecting antiques. James is survived by his mother, Ardell, of T or C, his siblings, Walter Scartaccini of Irvine CA, Eugene of Cliff, NM, and Genna of T or C.  He is also survived by his children: Travis Eugene Scartaccini and Donald W.Anderson of Silver City, Grace Scartaccini Runyan of Auburn WA and Tyler Chavez of Magdalena, his grandchildren Antoinette (Toni) Buster, of Ft Hood TX, Jacob Scartaccini of Las Cruces, Travis Scartaccini Jr.,  and Emma Scartaccini of Silver City.He was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Scartaccini, and his son James Michael Scartaccini. James loved his many friends and business associates. He was loved by them and will be sorely missed.The memorial will be at Terrazas Funeral Chapel on Wednesday September 22 at 2:00 p.m.

SCARBOROUGH – George H. Scarborough, 64, passed away on Sunday, February 6, 2011 at his home in Socorro, NM. “Duffy” as he was affectionately known, was born on July 5, 1946 in Hot Springs, NM to Aaron Kent and Ester Elizabeth (Crawford) Scarborough. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Barbara (Chavez) Scarborough; his mother, Ester Elizabeth Scarborough; his devoted son, Kip Scarborough (Andrea); his loving daughters, Kristol Baca (Sylfred); and Kayla Scarborough (Alex); his daughter-in-law, Genevieve Scarborough; his grandchildren, Chris III (Melissa); Candace (Eric); Kip Jr.(Jackie); Kortnee; Dru; George; and Alexandru; his great grandchildren, Chris IV; Cenyon; and Cruz; his brother, Leonard and wife, Johnny; and many nieces and nephews. Duffy was a lifelong resident of Socorro. He was a Jack of all trades and a hard working man. A Man of Strong hands but a gentle touch, he loved and adored his wife, his children, his grandchildren, and his entire family. Duffy touched the lives of many people; he was a mentor with family values always at heart. His family found support from him in so many ways whether it was a tee ball game, a boxing match, or just in a casual conversation, the love that he showed through his blue eyes always embraced and sheltered them. Duffy was preceded in death by his father, his brother, A. G. Scarborough, and his son, Chris H. Scarborough Jr. Graveside Funeral services and Interment will be held on Thursday, February 10, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. in the Lemitar Cemetery. Pallbearers are Leonard Scarborough, Kip Scarborough, Chris Scarborough III, Kip Scarborough Jr., Scott Scarborough, and Alex Rivera. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Duffy’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

SEASE – David Sease, a long time resident of Socorro, New Mexico died on Wednesday March 23, at the age of 98. David Sease was born on October 25, 1912 in Cartney, Arkansas to Dessie Lee and Herbert Preston Sease. He and his wife Selma moved to Socorro in 1969, where he worked for the Farmers Home Administration. They chose to stay in Socorro upon retirement, declaring it the best place in the world to live. David Sease was a daily fixture on the golf course, walking nine holes every day well into his nineties. After the death of his wife Selma in 2007 he moved to Sunnyvale, California to live with his daughter Sandra. He and Selma are survived by a large blended family: 5 daughters, 1 son, 13 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren, and 3 great, great grandchildren.

SHOEMAKER – Sally Shoemaker, 84, passed away Thursday, August 4, 2011 in Socorro, NM surrounded by her loving family. Sally was born April 27, 1927 to Matias and Julianita (Chavez) Montoya in Polvadera, NM.  She is survived by her two devoted daughters, Theresa Baca and husband, David, and Stella Shoemaker; Two granddaughters, Delicia Chavez and husband, James and Sheila Sedillo; five great grandchildren, Danielle, Levi, Ryan, Joshua, and Jaden; two great-great grandchildren, Javahan and Naveah; and her sister Lilly Morgan. Sally was a lifetime resident of the Socorro area, where she helped the less fortunate by opening her home as a shelter and through her donations as an humanitarian to places that suffered loss by storms or  other disasters.  She is preceded in death by her parents; one great grandchild, Estrella; her sisters, Angela Paul, Rose Bailey, Marcella Putman, and Flora Montoya; and two brothers, Johnny Montoya and Reuben Montoya. A Visitation will be held on Monday, August 8, 2011 from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm at the Daniels Family Funeral Services Socorro Chapel. A Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at 9:30 am at San Miguel Catholic Church Parish Hall.  A Mass of Resurrection will follow at 10:00 am with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment will be held in the Polvadera Cemetery. Pallbearers are Michael Paul, Chris Paul, Charles Paul, James Chavez, and Ryan Lopez Jr. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Sally’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. 575-835-1530
 
SILVA–PADILLA – Aggie P. Silva-Padilla, 71, passed away on Saturday, May 14, 2011 in Los Lunas, NM. After following her wishes, A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, July 15, 2011 at 9:00 am at the San Miguel Catholic Church with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment will follow in the San Antonio Cemetery.   To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com.Aggie’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. 575-835-1530
 
SILVA – Judy Silva, 66, passed away on Thursday, April 29, 2011 in Albuquerque, NM. Judy was born on November 13, 1944 to Ramon T. and Petrita Montoya in Socorro, NM. She is survived by her loving husband and friend, Valentin Silva; her devoted children, Debbie Silva and companion, Flo Sedillo; Demecio Silva; Jenny Crespin and husband, Shannon; Tommy Silva and wife, Jolene; and Karla Montoya and husband, Ryan; 14 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; her sisters, Emily Mathieu; and Rosie Garcia and husband, Frank; her brothers, Abel Montoya and wife, Dolores; and Joey Montoya and wife, Diane; and many nieces and nephews. Judy was a lifelong resident of Socorro. She loved just visiting with friends and adored her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Judy was preceded in death by her beloved parents; her brothers, George; Leonardo; Herman; and Phil; and her sister Betty. A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 8:30 am at San Miguel Catholic Church. A Mass of Resurrection will follow at 9:00 am also at San Miguel Catholic Church with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment will take place in the San Miguel Cemetery. Pallbearers are Joseph Reinenbach, Derrick Chavez, TJ Silva, Tyrone Silva, Angel Garcia, Steven Mathieu, Caleb Montoya, Joshua Turrietta, and Joseph Silva. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Judy’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. 575- 835-1530

SMALLRIDGE – Nicholas Anderson Smallridge defied the odds in living to the age of 79, some 30 years after being diagnosed with a form of muscular dystrophy that ravaged his body, but not his indomitable spirit. He amazed us, time and time again, displaying an incredible strength of will and a basic faith in rising each morning to a glass that, for him, was always half-full. He was a man of keen intellect, tall and handsome, blessed with a charm that drew people to him, and a sense of humor that ranged from dry witticisms to silly jokes. He had an innate sense of detail and symmetry, stemming, perhaps, from his many years as an accountant; along with an abiding interest in World War II, classic movies, crossword puzzles and Sunday brunch at El Camino. Nick was born on a  ranch in Ancho, in Lincoln County, where Billy the Kid once roamed to fame, and family tales. Nick recalled the link between the Kid and Nick’s grandfather in articles published in Socorro’s El Defensor Chieftain. He was equally proud of his West Virginia heritage, home to Cody Odell Smallridge, a colorful character in his own right who took the train west and met the beautiful Beatrice Lopez at the train station in Albuquerque. Nick was the youngest of their three children; a brother, Val Costello  Smallridge, died long ago; his sister, Carmie S. Campbell, passed in January. The boy with the blond hair and blue eyes grew up in the Barelas neighborhood in downtown Albuquerque during the Depression. In 1951, as a young man, he moved to Socorro where he met and married Virginia Torres, “the prettiest girl in town.” Nick returned to Albuquerque, in 1956, to work for several accounting firms (among them Neff, and Meyners) and builder Ed Snow. Nick joined brothers-in-law Lawrence Torres and Steve S. Torres in a life-changing venture when they built and, in 1963, opened El Camino Restaurant adjacent to El Camino Motel, the dream of Virginia’s parents, Estevan and Petrita Torres. In 1971, following a devastating fire, Nick and Virginia rebuilt the restaurant and ran it for another 20 years. They developed loyal customers and first-class employees, and supported countless youth teams and community causes.  Together, they traveled to California as wholesale jewelers during the silver-and-turquoise boom of the ’70s; and toured Europe twice in the early ’80s. They enjoyed celebrating anniversaries at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, and periodic trips to Las Vegas for elegant dinners and Keno. In the years following his wife’s death in December 2000, Nick indulged his interest in watching old movies — among his favorite actors were Humphrey Bogart, Steve McQueen, Grace Kelly and Ingrid Bergman.  He delighted in his grandchildren, and lived to meet his infant great-grandson. Among the survivors who mourn his passing are his daughter, Valerie Kimble of the family home; and son, Nick Smallridge Jr. and wife, Sue, of El Paso, Texas.  A son, Brian Smallridge, died in 1985. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 26, at San Miguel Church, preceded by a Rosary at 8:30 a.m. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

SOTO – Alejandro Oscar Soto, 83, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 in Socorro, NM surrounded by his loving family. Oscar was born on May 23, 1927 in Tokay, NM to Genaro and Angela (Quintero) Soto. He is survived by his devoted wife of 54 years, Mary (Lucero) Soto; his loving children Arleen (Soto) Valles and husband Randy, and son Michael Oscar Soto; his caring grandchildren Jason Valles, Amy Valles, Emilee Soto, and Alexandra Soto; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Oscar was retired from the New Mexico Highway Department after 20 years of dutiful service and was an avid golfer. He was a member of the San Miguel Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, nine brothers, and two sisters. A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. at San Miguel Catholic Church, to be immediately followed by a Mass of the Resurrection with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant at 9:00 a.m.. Interment will take place in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Those who wish to send condolences online may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801.(575) 835-1530

SOWELL – Patricia Louise “Patti” Rierson, age 59, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010 in Los Lunas, N.M. She was born in  Portalas, N.M. and graduated from Tucumcari High School. She worked in the jewelry manufacturing industry for the past 30 years. Patti was loved dearly and has left a lonely place in all our hearts. She was proceeded in death by her mother, Fay Rierson. Patti is survived by her loving husband of 21 year, Wayne Sowell of Los Lunas; her father, Edward Rierson of Tucumcari; son, Jesse Willard of Ocala, Fla.; sister, Kay Truesdale and husband Mickey of Tucumcari; three brothers, Edwin Rierson and wife, Carol of Clovis, N.M.; Lynn Rierson and wife, Sugi of Florey, Texas and James Rierson and wife, Glenna of Tucumcari; stepdaughter, Shawn Albertson and husband, Jeff of Chama, N.M.; three stepsons, Wayne (Monty) Sowell and wife, Linda of Santa Fe, N.M.; Shane Sowell and wife, Maria of Bedford, Texas and Brady Sowell and wife, Roxanne of Elburn, IL.; and 11 grandchildren. She was survived by many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral Service will be held in the Immaneul Baptist Church, in Tucumcari on Tuesday, January 04, 2011. Interment will follow at Tucumcari Memorial Gardens Cemetery, next to her mother. A memorial service may be held in Albuquerque, N.M., at a later date to celebrate her life with her friends and co-workers. Sign Patti’s on-line register book at: www.romerofuneralhomenm.com.

SOWELL – Wayne Sowell R. Ph passed away on February 13, 2011. He was born March 06, 1927 in Chattanooga, OK. He was preceded in death by his parents Rufus, R.Ph and Irene Sowell, brothers Dr. Harlan Sowell and Robert Sowell, sister Faye Walters and nephew Dr. Doug Sowell. He was preceded in death by his wife Patti. He is survived by his sons Wayne(Linda), Shane(Maria) and Brady(Roxey) and daughter Shawn Albertson(Jeff). He is also survived by 9 grandchildren and 2 greatgrandchildren. Wayne graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1950 with a degree in Pharmacy. He was an active pharmacist for 54 years until his retirement in 2004. He went into business with his father in 1950 at the first Sowell Pharmacy. He opened his second pharmacy on Wyoming in 1958. The first store was closed in 1964. The second Sowell Pharmacy was sold in 1978. He then bought the Hilton Pharmacy in Socorro, NM in December on 1980, which he ran until it was closed in 1998. He was the recipient of the Ernie Welch Award, The Bowl of Hygeia Award, as well as the Distinguished Alumni Award. Wayne enlisted in the Navy at the early age of 16 in 1943 (after asking his father to embellish his birth date). He served in the Pacific Theater of WWII and was discharged in 1946. He was recalled to active duty in 1950 during the Korean War. He was a pharmacist mate in the Navy and Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1951. He then rejoined his father (Rufus) in the practice of pharmacy in Albuquerque. Wayne will be laid to rest at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM on February 24, 2011 at 2:00.

SPENCE – Mark A. Spence, 35, passed away on Thursday, March 17, 2011 at his home in Aragon, NM. Mark was born on May 22, 1975 in Trinidad, CO. to Howard J. Spence and Barbara J. (Sanchez) Castillo. He is survived by his sons, Michael; Jamal; and Caleb; his loving mother, Barbara J. Castillo and stepdad, Paul Lee Castillo Sr.; his brother, Vaughn Spence and wife, Charlene; step brothers, David Castillo and wife, Valerie; and Patrick Castillo; half brother, Tracey Spence and wife Sandie; half sisters, Kini Spence; and Tara Sutphin; and many nieces and nephews. Mark was a lifelong resident of Socorro but recently moved to Aragon, NM. He was a very kind man and loved to watch racing on TV. He is preceded in death by his father, Howard J. Spence (Dec 2010) and his step brother, Paul Lee Castillo Jr. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at the Santo Nino Catholic Parish in Aragon, NM with Father Jeff King as Celebrant. Interment will take place in the Aragon Cemetery. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Mark’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

STIDSTONE – Robert G. Stidstone, 82, passed away, Tuesday, June 1, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM. Robert was born on November 20, 1927, to Wilfred L. and Marion (Popp) Stidstone in Boston, MA. He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Patricia A. (Addoms) Stidstone of Socorro; his children, Robert Stidstone Jr. of RI; Matthew Stidstone and wife Debbie of MA; Patricia Uher and husband, Bill of Albuquerque, NM; and Thomas A. Stidstone and wife Sadie of Socorro, NM; 3 Grandchildren, Ashley; Kirsten; and Samantha; and 3 great grandchildren, Jayen; Julianne; and Jaelynn;. Robert was preceded in death by his sisters, Barbara Crowner; and Beverly Tilden; and brother, Wilfred Stidstone. He was a resident of Socorro for over 30 years. Robert was a proud Veteran of WWII, serving with the Merchant Marines. He retired from NRAO after 20 years. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 11:00 am at Daniels Family Funeral Services in Socorro. For those that wish to make memorial contributions may do so at New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranches, 6209 Hendrix Road, NE, 2nd floor, Albuquerque, NM 87110. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

STREHLAU – Dorothy T. Strehlau, formerly of Socorro, passed away Sunday, July 4, 2010 at a Chicago area hospital. She was born October 19, 1930 in Chicago Illinois. She is survived by her two sons; Raymond L. (Marlene) Strehlau and George W. (Cathy) Strehlau; five grandchildren, Carrie Strehlau, Even Strehlau, Lindsey Strehlau, Kyle Strehlau and Michaela Strehlau; two sisters, Rosemary Siebolds, and Juliana Commare; three brothers, Michael (Connie) Erlenbaugh, James (Maryellen) Erlenbaugh, and Richard (Pattie) Erlenbaugh; many nieces and nephews. Shw is preceded in death by her husband, Harold “Hack” Strehlau; her parents Ralph and Margaret (Becker) Erlenbaugh, a brother, William Erlenbaugh; a neice Mary Ann Erlenbaugh; three nephews, Anthony Tinnon, Carl Viullame, and Dennis Siebolds. Funeral services were held in Illinois. Donations in her memory may be made to Socorro Mental Health, 1200 Highway 60 West, Socorro.

TABER – Catharine H. “Kay” Taber, 89, passed away Sunday, March 7, 2010 in Silver Spring, Maryland.  She was born in Bird-in-Hand Pennsylvania on May 16, 1920, daughter to Bessie and Virgil Holsinger.  She was raised in the area surrounding Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Business Education in 1941.  Following graduation she worked as an executive secretary at Pittsburgh Plate Glass, and also taught business skills at Business Training College in Pittsburgh.  She loved to sing and play the piano and was a charter member of the Heinz Chapel Choir of the University of Pittsburgh.  Following the war she met and married the love of her life, Joseph J. Taber on June 11, 1947 in the Heinz Chapel.  For the rest of her life she was devoted to being a wife, homemaker and to raising their four children.  While in Pennsylvania she was quite active in the Order of the Eastern Star, serving in many positions including Grand Chaplain.  In 1976 she and Dr. Taber moved to Socorro, New Mexico, where Kay happily embraced her new home and Joe’s role as Director of the new Petroleum Recovery Research Center at New Mexico Tech.  She was active in the local chapter of the P.E.O. and in supporting the Socorro Public Library, where she was able to share her passion for reading.  She and Joe moved to Silver Spring, Maryland in 2008 to be nearer to family, although she missed their dear friends in New Mexico. Her family was the light of her life, and she is survived by and will be greatly missed by her husband of nearly 63 years, her four children and their spouses; Deborah Leap and her husband Dennis of Edmond, Oklahoma, John Taber and his wife Kathy of Silver Spring, Maryland, Tom Taber and his wife Julie of Benbrook, Texas, and Cathy Browne and her husband, Richard of Peacham, Vermont; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and her sister Anne Freeman and her husband Edward of San Diego, California. A family memorial service was held in Silver Spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Socorro Public Library, 401 Park Street, Socorro, NM 87801.

TINDELL – Lucille Arlene Tindell, age 70, a resident of Albuquerque, NM, passed away on Monday, October 26.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Belen.  Lucille was raised in Socorro, NM, but then lived in Belen, NM area for 50 years.  She was a housewife for many years.  Lucille began selling Avon and was invited to sell advertising by Little Ritchie Smrt.  She enjoyed her vocation of selling advertising specialties because she really enjoyed visiting with her clients.  Lucille’s favorite pastime was fishing at Navajo Lake.  She loved spending time with family and especially enjoyed her last years with “Pappy”.  She was preceded in death by her daughter, Carla Jean Casey and her parents, Arvil and Doris Finch.  Lucille is survived by her  companion, Gene Arthur Yoakum; son, Bryan Tindell and his wife, Carrie; daughter, Kelly Tabet and husband, Larry; sister, Judy Lucksinger and husband, Jim; brothers, Richard Finch and wife, Dorothy, Dwayne Finch and wife, Diane and Arvil Finch, Jr. and wife, Nelda; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by numerous loving numerous nieces and nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins.  A Memorial Service will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Rio Communities, on Saturday, October 31, at 10:00 a.m.  Urn bearers will be Bryan Tindell, Larry Tabet, Dick and Dwayne Finch, Jr., Brad Cesarano and Elliot Casey. Sign Lucille’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM. Romero Funeral Home 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM. (505) 864-8501.

THOMAS – Tommy Mitchell Thomas, 52, passed away on Thursday, April 28, 2011 in Albuquerque, NM. Tommy was born on April 28, 1959 in Albuquerque, NM to William Jim and Isabelle (Pino) Thomas. He is survived by his wife, Angela (Abeyta) Thomas; his children, Blaine Mitchell, Elizabeth, and Zachary Ty Thomas; his parents, William Jim and Isabelle Thomas; his sisters, Marlene Herrera and husband, Stanley; Arlene F. Thomas; and Sharon Jean Thomas; his brother, Joseph B. Thomas and wife, Janet; his mother in law, Lena Herrera; nephews, Irvin Smith; Jacob Thomas; Joey Thomas; Joshua Thomas; and Brian Thomas; nieces, Veronica Smith; and Kelly Thomas; great nephews, Thomas Apachito; Hunter Apachito; Issac Herrera; Erby Apachito Jr; and Isiah Herrera; and great nieces, Tierra Apachito; and Brenna Smith. Tommy was a lifelong resident of Alamo, NM. He was a jack of all trades and loved his family very much. Tommy was always a loving and caring friend to all he met. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Anderson and Dora Pino; and Jim and Gonneso Thomas; his nephew, Erby Apachito; many aunts, uncles, and cousins to include, Melvin Pino; Carlos Pino; and Gilford Pino; his father in law, Jessie James Apachito; sister in law, Jessica Ration; and brother in law, James Apachito; Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 10:00 am at the Alamo Miracle Church with Jonathan Vicente officiating. Burial will take place in the Pino family Cemetery.  To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Tommy’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. 575-835-1530THOMPSON – Jerry Winfield Thompson, Jr. was born at Rotan, Texas, on April 13, 1920 and passed away at Quemado, New Mexico on April 25, 2010, only days after celebrating his 90th birthday. His father, Jerry Winfield Thompson, Sr., was born in Alabama and married Quata Veta Deischer shortly after World War I. After the war, Winfield was employed by an uncle, A.B. Barrow, who owned a chain of furniture stores in Texas towns such as Hico, Breckenridge,  La Mesa, Rotan, and Odessa.  The family was in Odessa when the Great Depression struck the country with devastating results in October 1929.  The Barrow furniture stores soon became a thing of the past—especially after the Dust Bowl struck the Great Plains and the Texas Panhandle particularly hard.  Like so many other migrants of the time, the family packed what few belongings they possessed and headed west. With their chickens strapped in a cage on the roof of their car, the family, including a younger sister Twauna, constructed a small log cabin in a Ponderosa-shrouded Martin Canyon near Pipe Springs where they homesteaded, not too far from the small village of Mangas, New Mexico.  Here the family survived on Winfield’s small World War I pension, what they could grow in a small garden, poaching, and the money Winfield received working for the PWA on Pipe Springs School House and the Pie Town to Mangas road. Jerry graduated from the 8th grade at Pipe Springs, and in 1941, married Jo Lee Davis, a part Cherokee orphan girl from Oklahoma who had come west with her uncle Johnny Cobb.  A son, Jerry D., was born in November 1942.  Like millions of other young men of the depression generation, Jerry was drafted into the military during World War II.  After training at Fort Bliss, Texas, Fort Riley, Kansas, and Camp Pickett, Virginia, he was deployed with in the 76th Infantry Division in the European Theatre.  After pushing up the Seine River to Rouen, France, the 76th Lightning Division went into the front lines at Aachen, Belgium, in the fight for the Siegfried Line.  Shortly before his death, Jerry told his grandson, Jeremy, that he had seven close calls during the war. One such time was at night when a German machine-gunner riddled and sank the small boat he was crossing Meuse River in.  Some of his hardest fighting was in the winter of 1944 in the Hurtgen Forest when Jerry put his Pipe Springs log building skills to work in the cold and deep snow. One of his lasting images of the war, one that was seared in his memory for life, was seeing large numbers of American dead stacked up like cord wood in the bullet-riddled forest.  He was in the history-changing Battle of the Bulge in December 1944, but amazingly avoided being hit head on by German Panzers by only a few hundred yards. In fact, the Germans took out an entire regiment of the 76th Infantry on the left of where Jerry’s squad was dug into the snow.  He was one of the first to cross the Rhine River on the Ludendorff Railroad Bridge at the small German town of Remagen.  Pushing toward Berlin, he helped to liberate the infamous Buchenwald Concentration Camp where the cremation ovens were still warm.  Years later he recalled looks on the ghost-like faces of the few Jews who had survived the horrendous Holocaust.  He was in Berlin preparing to return to the United States for deployment in the Pacific and the invasion of Japan when the war ended in August 1945. After the war, Jerry drilled wells for ranchers all over the northern part of Catron County, all the way from Green’s Gap to the York Ranch.  For several years in the 1950s, he served as president of Catron County Independent School District # 2.   In the 1960s, he found employment as a seasonal employee of the Forest Service on El Caso and Fox Mountain lookouts, before obtaining full-time employment as a heavy equipment operator and supervisor.  Until his retirement in 1982, he was deployed fighting fires in the Apache and Gila forest districts and all over the American West, from the Couer d’ Alene in northern Idaho and California’s Big Sur, to Glacier National Park in Montana. Jerry Thompson is survived by an only son, Jerry D. Thompson of Laredo, Texas, a grandson, Jeremy Winfield Thompson of Ithaca New York, as well as five nieces: Carolyn Davis of Woodstock, Georgia, Marilyn Torres of Farmington, New Mexico, Sandra (Mickie) Campos of Midlothian, Virginia, and Rhonda and Martha Scogin of Aztec, New Mexico.  He was preceded in death by his wife and sister.  A memorial service will be held at the Baptist Church in Quemado on Friday, June 11 at 10 A.M., Pastor Ira Shelton presiding.   Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfieldm, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530TORRES – Anastacio “Tacio” T. Torres 88, passed away, August 26, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. He was born May 4, 1922 to A. C. and Margarita Torres in Socorro, NM.  As a young man Anastacio joined the military and served his country in the United States Army during World War II.  Anastacio attended art school in Chicago, and started work with the Society for Visual Education (SVE).  He made his career as a graphic artist prior to retiring as a lead person in the graphic art department in the early 1980’s.  Anastacio is preceded in death by his brother, Jesus Torres; and his sisters, Julia Armijo; Miquela Sisneros; Anne Turpin; and Isabel Torres. He is survived by his sister, Louise T. Callihan of Albuquerque, as well as many loving nieces and nephews.  A Rosary will be recited on Saturday, September 4, 2010 at San Miguel Catholic Church Parish Hall at 9:30 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated immediately following the rosary at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in the San Miguel Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Amanda Callihan, Rita Ramirez, Eppie Martinez, Isaiah Gallegos, Craig Gallegos, and Gabe Gallegos.  Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530TORRES – Dave A. Torres, 52, passed away on Friday, April 8, 2011 in Magdalena, NM.   Dave was born December 24, 1958 to Jose and Maria (Chaves) Torres in Socorro, NM.  He is survived by his mother Maria Torres of Magdalena; four sisters Margie Ornelas of Albuquerque, Darlene Sanchez and husband Jimmy of Magdalena, Patricia Landavazo of Socorro, and Annabelle Holguin and husband Ray of Las Cruces; three brothers Ronald Torres and wife Brenda of Magdalena, Jose B. Torres and wife Marlee of Edgewood, and Lorenzo and wife Donna of Magdalena: numerous nieces and nephews.  Dave was a lifetime resident of the Socorro and Magdalena area.  He enjoyed playing his guitar and singing.   A Memorial service will be held  10:00 AM Thursday, April 14, 2011 at The First Baptist Church in Magdalena with Pastor Paul Holt officiating. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Dave’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. 575-835-1530TORRES – Felix O. Torres, age 81, a resident of Los Lunas, went home to his final resting place on Wednesday, June 9, 2010. He was First Sergeant in the United States Army National Guard and a lifelong musician. Felix was preceded in death by his parents, Vicente G. Torres Sr. and Anna Maria Torres; brothers, Lucas Torres and Leopaldo Torres; sisters, Katalina Baca and Rita Montoya and one nephew, Joseph Torres. He is survived by his wife, Mary Torres; children, Ernest C. Torres, Barbara Dominguez and Marilyn Torres; grandchildren, Alicia and Louis Lucero, Melanie Torres and Cheryl and Mike Gurule; great-grandchildren, Marisa and Analise Lucero; brothers, Joe O. Torres and his wife Rosalie, Tommy Torres and his wife Alice, Vincent Torres Jr. and his wife Agnes and Edward Torres and his wife Carol; sisters,  Virginia Peralta, Maria Torres and Elaine Valdez; three step-children; eight step-grandchildren and ten step-great-grandchildren. Also surviving Felix are many nieces and nephews. A celebration of Felix’s life will be held on Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 10:00 AM in the chapel of Riverside Funeral Home of Belen, with the family to receive friends beginning at 9:30 AM. Inurnment will take place at San Miguel Cemetery in Socorro at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at Riverside Funeral Home of Belen, 418 W Reinken Ave., where an online guest register is available at www.riversideofbelen.com GERARD – De A. Gerard, age 84, passed away Monday evening, June 14, 2010 at her home in Socorro, NM. Funeral Services will be held Friday, June 18, 2010 at 2:00 pm at The First Baptist church in Socorro with Pastor Bob Farmer officiating. Interment will follow at Socorro Cemetery. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530TORRES – Martina (Baca) Torres, 92, passed away at her home in Socorro, N.M. on Wednesday, September 22, 2010. Martina was born on March 1, 1918, to Donicio and Luz (Valdez) Baca, in Las Vegas, N.M. She is survived by her loving daughters, Rita Torres Salazar of Socorro; Lorraine Torres Hester and husband, Donnell J. Hester of San Antonio, TX; two sisters, Deluvina Armijo of Las Vegas, N.M.; and Mela B. Roybal of Las Vegas, NV; 6 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Martina was a lifelong resident of Socorro. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Edward E. Torres, November 1991; brother, Donicio Baca Jr.; and sister, Epimenia Delgado. A rosary will be recited on September 27, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Resurrection at 9:00 a.m. with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant at the San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro. Burial will take place in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers are Daniel James Hester, Marshall Puckett, Lucas Ernesto Puckett, Marcus Edward Puckett, and Don Hester. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services,  309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530TORRES –  Robert A. Torres, 84, passed away on Sunday, August 1, 2010, at his home in Socorro, NM. Robert was born on September 14, 1925 in Socorro to Eduardo and Luicita (Avila) Torres. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Evangeline “Vangie” (Baca) Torres of Socorro, married June 1, 1951 in Truth or Consequences, NM; his devoted children, Rodney W. Torres of Socorro; Ronaele W. Mata of Socorro; and Roslyn W. Gifford of Hackette Town, NJ; Five loving grandchildren, Brandy Demark and husband, Brent; Danielle Briseno; Robert Mata; Eloisa Romero and husband, Jason; and Felicia Casendino and husband Robert; 4 great grandchildren, Lexington Demark; Shannon Briseno; Taylei Romero; and Kelly Briseno; and many nieces and nephews. Robert was a lifetime resident of Socorro. He was a proud Veteran of World War II serving with the US Navy and was a Public Educator for Socorro Consolidated Schools for 38 years. Robert was a devoted member of the Harwood Methodist Church in Socorro, past president of the Anti-Baca Club, and American Legion Armijo Post 64. Robert was preceded in death by his beloved sisters, Josie; Adelina; Tommy; and Maria. A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, August 8, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. at the Harwood Methodist Church in Socorro, NM with Pastor Raquel Mull and Mr. Allen Bell officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that any memorial contributions be made to Harwood Methodist Church, c/o Wells Fargo Bank. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services,  309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530TOWNER – Lucius Earl Towner, who is known by many as Lucky, died suddenly in Sierra County, New Mexico in the early morning hours on November 03, 2010. He was born to Tommy and Iva Towner on March 23, 1967 in Socorro, New Mexico. He is preceded in death by his grandmother Louise Towner, grandfathers Earl Towner and Lucius Smith and granddaughter Storm Rose Towner. He is survived by his mother Iva Greiner and stepfather Robert Greiner, father Tommy Towner and stepmother Judy Towner, sister Malisa Smith and husband Marlin Smith and brother Jabe Towner. Three children, Erika, Jenny and Luke Towner. Three step children, Tawnya, Jordan and Bill Anchando. Five grandchildren, Luke, Cassandra and Tawnya Orbe and CJ and Mason Anchando. Three nephews and one niece. Services were held at Socorro Baptist Temple. The family wants to thank everyone for all their support and prayers. And in the words we heard so often from Lucky, we will all “keep on keeping on”.TREJO – Rita LaVerne Trejo, 63, passed away on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at her home in Polvadera, NM. LaVerne was born on November 8,1946 in Socorro, NM  to Frank B. Nunez and Hazel R.(Freeman) Nunez. LaVerne is survived by Sons, Dion Gonzales and wife, Daisy of Albuquerque,NM; Lonnie Gonzales and wife, Kim of Socorro; Daughters, Michele Baca of Las Vegas,NM; Brenda Gonzales and husband, Miguel of Albuquerque;Lena Chavez and husband, Luis of San Antonio, NM; Brother, Dale Nunez and wife, Betty Lou  of Polvadera; Grandchildren, Michael Baca; Teghann Gonzales; McKenna Gonzales; Jordan Gonzales; Shelby Gonzales; Dailan Gonzales; Elena Gonzales; Marisa Gonzales; Carlos Gonzales; Cheyenne Cortez; and Antonio Chavez. She is preceded in death by her husband, Lino Lorenzo Trejo. A Rosary will be recited on Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro with Communion Service immediately following. Deacon Mike Ybarra officiating. Pallbearers are Dion Gonzales, Lonnie Gonzales,  and Dale Nunez. Arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575)835-1530
TRUJILLO – Macario R. Trujillo, retired navy Vet., Born to Margaret and Manuel Trujillo on December 11, 1929 in Magdalena, NM. He passed away May 21, 2010, surrounded by his loving and devoted wife and children, Karen and Larry. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Lou; children, Bruce; Steve; Karen; and Larry; grandchildren, Justin; John; Kelly; Nicholas; Justin; Eric; Dane; and Justyne; great grandchildren, Gloria; Kayla; Christopher; Hunter; and Valeny.; siblings, Tony; Barbara; Manuel; Joe; Cleo; Mary Ann; Valentine; Tommy; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents and son Macario (Yodie) Jr.. A Memorial Service will be held at Mary Magdalene Church in Magdalena on May 27, 2010 at 9:30 am. Internment of ashes will take place in Santa Fe, NM, at the National Cemetery on May 28, 2010 at 1:00 pm. In Lieu of flowers, the family wishes that donations be given to the Disabled Vet. Association.  Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

ULIBARRI – Esequiel M. Ulibarri, age 102, a resident of Las Nutrias, NM, passed away on Monday, August 10, 2009. He was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows, in La Joya, NM, Socorro Conservation District, FHA and Socorro Electric Cooperative. Esequiel was former Socorro County Under-Sherriff and Socorro County Commissioner. He worked for the New Mexico Boys Ranch since its conception for 40 years. Esequiel was a farmer and rancher. He was also part owner of the Chupadero Ranch. He was preceded in death by his wife, Soylita Baca Ulibarri; his parents, Leonides and Crusita Martinez Ulibarri; two sons, Abran and Herman Ulibarri and daughter, Criselda Crissie Ulibarri. Esequiel is survived by his two daughters, Sally Chavira and husband, Simon of Los Lunas, NM and Beatrice Torres of Belen, NM; his son, Jerry B. Ulibarri of Los Nutrias; 13 grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and two daughters-in-law, Ida Ulibarri of Redlands, CA and Emma Ulibarri of Albuquerque. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. All services were held at Las Nutrias Mission, in La Joya. Interment followed at the San Isidro Catholic Cemetery, in Las Nutrias. Sign Esequiel’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM. (505) 864-8501.
 
ULIBARRI – Kenneth Lee Ulibarri, Sept. 19, 1957-Nov. 22, 2010, is survived by his wife, Trisa,  daughter; Ebony, sons; Ezekiel and Kenny, grandchildren: Isaac Ulibarri, Angelina Ulibarri, Jordon Ray Murillo. Also, Helen Schelm and Carl of Kimberly, Wisconsin; David Ulibarri of Santa Fe; Henry Ulibarri, Frank and Theresa; Maria Blough and Al of Gallup, NM; Danny Ulibarri and Susan of Gibraltar, MI; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Teodosio and Rosa Ulibarri; brothers: Anacor LaGrange, Anthony Ulibarri, Johnny Ulibarri, Paul Ulibarri and sisters; Betty Davis, Lucy Ulibarri, Debbie Ulibarri and Anita Ulibarri. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will take place at a later date.

URANGA – Bennie Uranga, 81, passed away on Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at her home in Magdalena, NM. Bennie was born on February 20, 1929 in Magdalena to Vincente and Cruzita (Baca) Peralta. She is survived by her loving son, Robert J. Peralta of Magdalena; her grandchildren, Jerome Peralta; Alyssa Roacho; and Ashley Peralta; her great grandchildren, Julian; Jasmine; Isaac; Damien; and Juan; her sisters, Juanita Peralta; and Mary Driggers; her brothers, Palcido Peralta and wife, Della; Salomon Peralta and wife, Xelma; and Herman Peralta and wife, Pauline; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Bennie was a devoted member of St Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Greg Uranga and her parents, Vicente and Cruzita Peralta. A Rosary will be recited on Monday, July 26, 2010 at St Mary Magdalene Catholic Church at 8:30 a.m. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated immediately following the Rosary with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial will take place in the Magdalena Cemetery. Pallbearers are Luis Roacho, Fred Sanchez, Dante Berry, Lawrence Aragon, and Phillip Sanchez. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530
VALENCIA – Sinforosa B. “Rose” Valencia, 95, passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2010 in Socorro, NM. Rose was born on August 21, 1914 in San Pedro, New Mexico, to Amarante and Mariana (Saavedra) Baca. She is survived by her son, Tony Valencia Jr and wife, Lorraine of Socorro; Daughters, Isabel Savedra and husband Ruben; Frances Cases and husband Paul; and Maryann Aragon and husband Ray, also all of Socorro; her  11 grandchildren, Charlie Savedra, Cindy Griego, Yvette Cases Brohmer, Darryl Cases, Tanya Pyke, Melissa Adams, Tony Valencia III, Eric Valencia, Raeanne Armijo, Kimberly Aragon, and Ray Aragon Jr, 28 great grandchildren and 9 great great grandchildren. Rose was an avid bowler. She worked at New Mexico Tech and the State Sanaitarian. Rose was an Avon Representative for years. She is preceded in death by her husband, Tony Valencia Sr, her brother, Sam Baca, her three sisters, Elisa Cordova, Viviana Gonzales, and Esther Baca, and her granddaughter, Kimberly Cases. A Rosary will be recited on Friday, March 26, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro with a Mass of Resurrection immediately following with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial will take place in the San Miguel Cemetery. Pallbearers are Charlie Savedra, Darryl Cases, Tony Valencia III, Eric Valencia, Ray Aragon Jr, and Alex Cases. Arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575)835-1530

VALENZUELA – David Tony Valenzuela, 51, passed away on Monday, August 17, 2009 in Tucson, AZ. He was born October 6, 1957 in Socorro, NM to Labriano and Martina Sanchez Valenzuela. He is preceded in death by his brothers: Reyes, Julian and Roy; and his parents. He is survived by his children: Monica Valenzuela, Tanya Valenzuela and Kimberly Savedra, all of Socorro, NM; companion, Rosie Torres of Sierra Vista, AZ; brothers: Ted Valenzuela, Lorenzo Valenzuela and Enriques Valenzuela, all of Socorro; sisters: Mary Avalos and Diane Montoya, both of Socorro; and Flora Lopez of Albuquerque, NM; grandchildren: Tomas and Alex Padilla, Emily, Josiah and Joshua Savedra. A Rosary will be recited on Saturday, August 22, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at the San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro with Mass of the Resurrection immediately following. Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Pallbearers are Gilbert Avalos, Joseph Montoya, Lorenzo Valenzuela Jr., Reyes Valenzuela Jr., Michael Valenzuela, Jake Pena, Damacio Gutierrez and Ernie Martinez. Honorary Pallbearers are Herman Romero, Raul Contreras, George Tafoya, Warren Scates, Katrina Espino, Tomas Padilla, Alex Padilla and all of Tony’s nieces and nephews. Arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575)835-1530.

VALLEJOS – Andres Vallejos, 81, passed away on Saturday, December 26, 2009 at home in Socorro, NM. Andres was born to Andres L. Vallejos Sr. and Vivianita (Padilla) Vallejos in Polvadera, NM, on October 11, 1928. Andres worked as Mining Supervisor for Southwest American Minerals until he retired.  He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Orfelita “Fela” Vallejos of Socorro; sons, Mike L. Vallejos and wife, Marie Valles of Socorro; and Tony D. Vallejos of San Francisco, CA; daughters, Charlene V. Montoya and husband, Lonnie of Polvadera; Berlinda A. Vallejos and husband, William Dias of Las Vegas, NV; and Cora J. Tracy and husband, John also of Las Vegas; brothers, Raymond Vallejos and wife, Sefie of Socorro; Johnny Vallejos of Socorro; Manuel Vallejos of Sierra Vista, AZ; and Jimmy Vallejos and wife, Mary also of Socorro; sisters, Christina Garcia and husband, Joe of Taos, NM; Susie Clubb of Kansas; and Della Celetano and husband, Joe of Riverside, CA; sister-in-law, Lupe Vallejos; 17 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Andres is preceded in death by sons, Jerry Vallejos; Ronnie Vallejos; and Andy Vallejos III; daughter, Cora Jean Vallejos; brother, Isidro Vallejos; and sister, Josie Healy. A Communion Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, December 31, 2009 at 11:00 am at San Lorenzo Catholic Church in Polvadera with Deacon Mike Ybarra officiating. Burial will take place in the Polvadera Cemetery. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575)835-1530.

VALLEJOS – Kenneth John Vallejos (November 20, 1961 – December 13, 2009) Kenneth J. Vallejos “Devoted to His Family” Kenneth John Vallejos, 48, passed away suddenly December 13, 2009 in West Jordan, Utah. Born November 20, 1961 in Socorro, New Mexico, son of Johnny J. Vallejos and Lupe Griego. Married Jenifer Peay December 1, 1995 in Sandy, Utah. He loved to serve others and stressed the importance of gaining an education. He was an avid golfer. Survived by wife, Jenifer; children: Braeden, Rebecca, Makayla and Devyn; father, Johnny Vallejos; mother-in-law, Marcia Peay; siblings: Patricia, Joseph, Chris, Stephen, John and Richard. Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 17, 2009, 11;00 a.m. at the River 9th Ward, 11473 South Chapel View Drive (1060 W.). Viewings will be held Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84123 and Thursday at the church, 10-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Mountain View Memorial Estates.

VALLEJOS – Raymond P. Vallejos, 86, passed away suddenly on Saturday, August 21, 2010 in Albuquerque, NM. Ramon was born on May 17, 1924 to Andres and Vivianita (Padilla) Vallejos in Socorro, NM. He was preceded in death by his parents, and two grandsons, Jeffery Scott Pineda, and Joshua Patrick Vallejos.  Ramon is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Seferina, “ Sefie” (Gallegos) Vallejos of Socorro; his ten devoted children; Dorothy Gonzales and husband Ernest; Patrick Vallejos and wife Irene, Betty Vallejos; Georgia Magoffe, Liz Vallejos and husband Steve; Mona Ross and husband Carl; Eric Vallejos and wife Chavela; Melissa Pineda and husband Jeff; Raymond Vallejos; and Tina Vallejos. He is also survived by seventeen grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. A rosary will be recited on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at the San Miguel Catholic Church in Parish Hall in Socorro, NM. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. also at the San Miguel Catholic Church in Parish Hall with Father Leo Gomez as Celebrant. Burial with full Military Honors will take place in the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. in Santa Fe, NM.  Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

VEGA – Rafael Vega, 52, passed away on Friday, May 20, 2011 at his home in Socorro, NM. Rafael was born on December 2, 1958 in Socorro to Jose Antonio Sr. and Maria (Rodriguez) Vega. He is survived by his devoted children, Christopher and wife Rachel; Michelle Castillo and husband, Jaime; and Paul Castillo; his loving grandchildren, Christopher; Patricia; Antonio; Lianna; Audrianna; Adrian; Aliyah; and Sabrina; his sisters, Rita Ayala; Victoria Zarate and husband, Ramon; Maria Guadalupe Samano and husband, Angel; and Josephine Kelley and husband, Mike; his brothers, Manuel Rodriguez and wife, Lupe; Arturo Vega; Ramon Vega and wife, Martha; and Eugene Vega and wife Joanne; and many other loving family members. Rafael was a lifelong resident of Socorro. He worked for Socorro Consolidated Schools for over 20 years. Rafael was an avid mechanic but was definitely a jack of all trades and a hard working man. He adored his children, his grandchildren, and his entire family. He loved watching western movies, listening to Leonard Skinnard, and was a devoted Washington Redskins fan. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. Rafael was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Jose Antonio Vega Jr. and Jose Rodriguez.  A Memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 at 6:00 pm at the Daniels Family Funeral Services Socorro Chapel. Honorary Pallbearers are all Rafael’s loving grandchildren.  To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Rafael’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530
VERGARA – Bertha Vergara, 77, passed away on Saturday, May 22, 2010, in Socorro, NM. Bertha was born April 13, 1933, to Carlos and Simona (Sanchez) Angel. She is survived by her children, Andres Vergara and wife Tammy of Kileen, TX; Pedro Vergara and wife Mary of Socorro; Jesus Vergara of Provo, UT; Armando Vergara of Juarez, Mexico; Gloria Gonzales and husband Michael of Belen, NM; Carmen Pino and husband Richard of Socorro; Rosa Gutierrez and husband Javier also of Socorro; 21 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. Bertha has been a resident of Socorro for 40 years. She is preceded in death by her son Juan Vergara and sister Josefina Correa. A Visitation will be held on Friday May 28, 2010 from 5-7pm, at Daniels Family Funeral Services Chapel. A Rosary will be recited on Friday, May 28, 2010 at 7pm, at Daniels Family Funeral Service Chapel. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Saturday May 29, 2010, at 10am, at San Miguel Catholic Church with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial will take place in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers are Andres Vergara Jr. , Pedro Vergara, Jesus Vergara, Armando Vergara, Angel Dozal, and Adrian Gutierrez. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530
VIGIL – Carlota C. Vigil, 90, passed away on Monday, August 29, 2011 surrounded by her loving family in Socorro, NM. Carlota was born on June 4, 1921 in Socorro, NM to Telesfor C. and Manuela (Montoya) Chavez. She is survived by her devoted daughters, Gloria T. Vigil, Linda M. Vigil Lopez and husband, Daniel, Estella M. Vigil Greene, Agnes C. Vigil Gunderson and husband, Bruce, and Cecilia E. Vigil; her sister, Aleene Fuentes and husband Peter; eight loving grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren. Carlota was a lifelong resident of the Magdalena and Socorro area. She was a devoted and very active member of the San Miguel Catholic Church. Carlota and her husband, Theodore volunteered and were happily committed for all activities for the church. Carlota was a very compassionate person and she loved helping others. She worked as a case worker for NM Human Services in which she retired from after 25 years of dedicated service. Carlota touched many people’s lives and never met a stranger. The warm, caring, and loving feelings she offered to everyone she met could be seen thru her beautiful blue eyes. She loved to travel with her husband and children and especially enjoyed dancing and yellow roses. Carlota was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Theodore Vigil in April 2000, her brothers, Elias M. Chavez, Jake M. Chavez, Hubert Larribas, and Telesfor Chavez Jr, two sisters, Bonifacia M. Chavez, and Sylvestra Zimmerly, and her son in law, Tommy Greene.  A Rosary will be recited on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the San Miguel Catholic Church. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Thursday, September 1, 2011 at 10:00 am at San Miguel Catholic Church with Father Bill Sanchez. Visitation will be held one hour prior to each service. Interment will be held in the Magdalena Cemetery. Pallbearers are Christopher T. Greene, Marsha L. Catron, Bruce Gunderson II, Alicia Marler, Andrea Gunderson, Ricardo Gonzales, Riis Gonzales, and Daniel Gonzales. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to San Miguel Catholic Church Building Fund, 403 El Camino Real NW, Socorro, NM 87801. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com.Carlota’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. 575-835-1530
VIGIL – June M. (Cordova) Vigil, 69, passed away on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 in Albuquerque, NM. June was born in Alamosa, Co on June 11, 1941 to Serafin and Placida (Garcia).  She is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Frank A. Vigil; her devoted children, Frank Vigil Jr.; and Ursula Vigil; her grandchildren, her pride and Joy, Celeste Tobin; and Zachary Vigil; her sisters, Loyda Palato and husband, Fidel; Sarah Sisneros and husband, Camilo; Novela Marquez; Sandra Baltizar; and Charmaine Cordova; her brother-in-law, Albert Perez; and several nieces and nephews. June adored her grandchildren to the fullest. She enjoyed cooking, camping, and dancing. Her brother-in-law, Fidel could sure dance her socks off. June loved to listen to Vicente Fernandez and George Strait. She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, her brother, Dennis Cordova, and her sisters, Marcella Flores, and Eunice Perez. A Visitation will be held on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at the Daniels Family Funeral Services Socorro Chapel from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. No formal services are scheduled at this time. In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma, OK 73123-1718. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. June’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530
VINYARD – Grace Merlin Vinyard, age 84, a resident of Magdalena, passed away on Monday, April 4.  She was born in Magdalena to the late Donald Merlin and Martha Medley Hutchison, who were life-long ranching residents of Socorro County.  Grace was truly an independent woman, who said she never got tired of looking at the beautiful mountains around her, where she lived for 64 of her 84 years.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Roy Vinyard in 1977.  Grace is survived by her two sons, Sid Vinyard of Houston, Texas and Clay Vinyard of Magdalena; one daughter, Martha Vinyard-Wheeler of Colorado; five grandchildren, Thomas Roy Knoblock, Bodie, Trowen, Tamara and Melique Vinyard and four great-grandsons, Jharen and Latrell Knoblock and D’Shaun and Boston Vinyard.  She was laid to rest in the Magdalena Cemetery on Wednesday, April 13, alongside her parents, husband and grandson, Tad Wayne Knoblock. Sign Grace’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM.
WARE – Alfonso R. Ware, 86, passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2011 in Socorro, NM. Alfonso was born on February 28, 1925 in Tokay, NM to Robert and Cruzita (Valenzuela) Ware. He is survived by his devoted children, Valentine Saavedra; Pauline Saavedra; Lena Saavedra; Robert Ware; Mary Gorton; David Ware; Joann McCutcheon; Adelma Marshall; and Mike Ware; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Alfonso was a lifelong resident of New Mexico. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Rafaelita Ware; and his children, Jose Saavedra; Freddy Saavedra; Joe Ware; and Dorothy Parker. A Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 14, 2011 from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the Daniels Family Funeral Services Socorro Chapel. Cremation will take place after the visitation. To leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Alofonso’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. 575-835-1530
WILBURN – Bob H. Wilburn, 78, a resident of TorC for 23 years passed away at his home on October 27, 2009 with his loving wife and four daughters by his side. He was born on April 10, 1931 in Odessa, TX to Ray S. and Lena M. (Wilkerson) Wilburn. Bob’s profession was as a heavy equipment operator and millrite, both of which he was passionate and meticulous about. He enjoyed rock hunting, bird and game hunting and exploring. He also enjoyed reading and was very knowledgeable about New Mexico history, of which he shared with many eager listeners. Bob was a novice mechanic and loved classic cars, which he was indeed an expert on. He was also a respected member of the Elks Club and the Moose Lodge in TorC, NM. He will be missed by so many friends and family. Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Ellen Wilburn; his daughters – Judy Romero of Tucson, AZ, Jeanne Martinez of Las Cruces, NM, Barbara Chronister of Tucson, AZ and Tammy Walker of Alamogordo, NM; 13/Grandchildren, 25/Great-Grandchildren and 1/Great-Great-Grandchild due any day; his sister, Bonnie Harris of Socorro, NM; and brothers – Joe R. Wilburn of Cottonwood, CA and Roy A. Wilburn of Bernalillo, NM. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray S. and Lena M. Wilburn; by his brother, Bill C. Wilburn; and by his granddaughter, Heidi Welch. Cremation will take place and a Memorial Celebration Service will be held on Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 11:00 AM at the Caballo Church with Rev. Dale Skidmore officiating. For those who prefer, in lieu flowers, donations may be made to The American Lung Association in New Mexico, 7001 Menaul Blvd., NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110 (505/265-0732). Arrangements are by Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. & Sierra Crematory, LLC, 303 N. Cedar St., TorC.

WILLIAMS – Edith E. Wittman, age 78, a resident of Socorro, NM, passed away on Thursday, March 4, 2010.  She was born in Spearville, KS.  Edith was self-employed at Wittman AG in Kansas.  She retired in 1995 and moved to New Mexico.  She enjoyed piano and taught guitar.  Edith’s motto was “to keep on playing the music”.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis AJ and Christina J. Duesing Grasser.  Edith is survived by her sisters, Rose Mary Leach and Anna Grasser; and friend, Ronald B. Roland.  No services are scheduled at this time.  Sign Edith’s online register book at ww.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM. (505) 864-8501

WILLS – Joe R. Wills II, 55, passed away on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 in Albuquerque, NM surrounded by his loving family. Joe was born on October 19, 1955 in Pueblo, CO. to Joseph R. and Leah (Jaramillo) Wills. He is survived by his loving mother, Leah Wills; his devoted son, Joe Wills III; his grandsons, Joey Wills IV and Nathan Wills; his sister, Debbie Kaufman and husband, Jim; his brother, Richard Wills and wife, Josefina; and his nieces and nephews, Jennifer Ness and husband, Brad; Ariel Fowler; Jessica Wills; Thomas Fowler; Hadley Kaufman; Richie Wills; and Jose Rodriguez. Joe was a resident of Socorro for 22 years. He was an avid and talented musician. He loved singing Karaoke. Joe was quite an entertainer. He was preceded in death by his beloved father and grandparents. There will be a visitation on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm at the Daniels Family Funeral Services Socorro Chapel followed by a Rosary also at the Chapel at 7:00 pm. A Mass of Resurrection will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at 9:00 am at the San Miguel Catholic Church with Father Andrew Pavlak. Interment will take place in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers are Noah Jaramillo, Stuart Jaramillo, Jonathan Jaramillo, Donny Woodard, Jeff Taylor, and Hadley Kaufman. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com.Joe’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

WINN – Logan Anson Winn, 22, passed away Tuesday, August 10, 2010 at his home in Socorro, NM, surrounded by his family and friends. Logan was born on November 4, 1987 to Kelly McLain and Robert Winn in Sterling, IL. He is survived by his loving mother, Kelly McLain of Socorro; his loving father, Robert Winn and wife, Sonia of Pueblo, CO; his devoted brother, Samuel Winn of Socorro; his loving grandparents, Phil and Patti McLain also of Socorro; and Robert Winn of Richmond, VA; his uncles, Jim McLain and wife, Anna; Walter McLain and wife Barbara; and Andy Winn; Logan is also survived by several cousins, many devoted friends, and  a very dear friend, Xavier Vega; Logan was a resident of Socorro since 2002 and a  Socorro High School Graduate, Class of 2007. He was a NM State College student. Logan was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and loved Skateboarding to the fullest. He was an Enthusiastic Video gamer. He was diagnosed with Leukemia in September of 2009. Logan was a wonderful friend and “Wing Man” to all who knew him. He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Shirley McLain; and Martha Winn; and his Step-Father, Craig Butler. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. at New Mexico Tech, Macey Center grounds, “Turtle Bay” with Pastor Bob Farmer officiating.  The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, any memorial contributions be made to “The Logan Winn Fund” at Bank of America, 201 Plaza St. Socorro, NM 87801. (575)835-1569. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530

WINONA – Dora Winona (Doris) past away June 29, 2010. She is in Heaven now where there is no more pain. Survived by her husband Floyd Winona and her daughter, Frances Moreland and her children Angela Moreland, Rosenda Belmontez and David Belmontez and his wife Alice Belmontez. Her son Jesse Baggs and his wife Terrie Baggs and his children Victoria Baggs and Luke Baggs. All of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a great wife, mother, grandmother and a great friend. All that knew her loved her. She is gone from us but forever in our hearts and she will but truly be missed by all that knew her. As a wonderful and giving person that Doris was she donated her body to the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. As her wish there will not be any services.WOLFE – Sadie Ruth Wolfe was born in Lake, MS on February 21, 1925 to Virgil and Ollie Mae Gibbs.  She married George Monroe (Buck) Wolfe and they had four sons.  In 1953 Buck and Sadie moved from Mississippi to Datil, NM for two years before moving to Magdalena, NM.  Sadie was a much loved Avon Lady in that community for 18 years.  She and Buck were very active in the First Baptist Church.  Sadie loved to sing the old hymns and even into the last weeks of her life she sang those hymns remembering every word.  She was a great cook and was never happier than when she was in the kitchen cooking for her family and friends.  As we mourn her death (June 21, 2011), we cherish the memories of how very kind and gracious she was to everyone.  Sadie is survived by her sons Herman (Mary Ann), James (Cindy), David (Betty), her six wonderful grandchildren Jorene Ha, Jeanette Wolfe, Bryan Wolfe, Brett Wolfe, Aimee Montgomery, and Craig Wolfe, and six great grandchildren Kaitlin, Beth, Amelia, Gregory, Cameron, and Anna Rose.  She is preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Buck, baby son Allen, and four of her siblings.  A celebration of her life will be held at the First Baptist Church in Magdalena, NM on Saturday June 25, 2011 at 10:00am with Pastor Paul Holt officiating. Interment will be held at the Magdalena Cemetery.  Pallbearers are David Wolfe, Larry Cearly, James Wolfe, Craig Wolfe, Bryan Wolfe, and Rudy Latasa.  Honorary Pallbearers are Brett Wolfe, and Sevie Ortiz. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com.  Sadie’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. 575-835-1530
WOODRUFF – Mary Jane Willson Woodruff, 88, of Albuquerque, passed away at her home on Friday, April 9, 2010.  She was born January 7, 1922 in Whitman County, WA.  She married Jack Woodruff  August 8, 1942 in Tucson, AZ. Mary Jane was the oldest of eight children born to Mary Kate and William S. Willson. She grew up on a farm in Whitman County, WA helping to care for her many siblings. She completed grade school (grades 1 through 8) early and so was able to stay home and help her mother with the house and the new baby, Lavonne, for some months. She went to High School in Steptoe while staying with relatives and going home to the farm on weekends. After graduating as Salutatorian, she attended Northwestern Business School in Spokane with her BFF Agnes Beiyer Suess. She then moved to Tucson to work and met and married her eternal companion, Jack. They shared nearly 67 years together. Mary Jane moved back to Washington after Jack was shipped over seas. She worked in Spokane and gave birth to Roger before Jack came home from the war. They had two more children in Washington, Warren and Nancy. Mary Jane followed Jack on his adventures to Utah, Oklahoma, Florida and Socorro, New Mexico, where their youngest child, Nita was born. Jack and Mary Jane moved back to Socorro in 1961 from Pompano Beach, Florida. They leased a gas station at the corner of  Fisher Avenue and Park Avenue from 1961 to 1965. They purchased and ran the parts store/auto shop, Woodruff and Sons, at California and Manzanares until 1970. Mary Jane ran the parts counter and was the bookkeeper. They moved their home and business to Fairgrounds Road in 1977. Besides running the business and filling in as an extra on the wrecker, Mary Jane was busy with Pythian Sisters and community service. She ascended to the rank of Grand Chief and served several times as Secretary and Treasure in Pythian Sisters. She was a member and officer of the Socorro Garden Club and worked with Eiko Parson in The Animal Humane Society. She and Jack were volunteers in the landscaping project of Socorro Cemetery. She set a great example for her children and grandchildren of selfless service to others. Mary Jane had a hunger for knowledge and education.  She inspired her grandchildren toward the same and made college funding available to them all. Mary Jane is survived by two sons, Roger and his wife Jo, Jarales, NM; Warren and his wife Rachel of Christiansted, St. Croix; daughters Nancy Burris and Nita Cooley of Albuquerque.  Surviving grandchildren and great-grandchildren are:  Adam Woodruff, MS, LMFT and his wife Evelyn and children Jack and Maya, Longmont, Colorado; Dr. Evelyn Blalock, PhD. and daughter Ella Grace, Columbus, Georgia; James W. Burris and Jessica Vodenichar and son, Wyatt, Kenai, Alaska; Jason Woodruff and daughter Megan, Rio Rancho, NM; Jay Burris, San Diego, CA; Scott Woodruff and Jennifer Woodruff of Albuquerque; Heather and her husband Capt. Sean Palmer and their daughters Kennedy, Brynn and Shea, Abingdon, Maryland; D. David Timberman II and his wife Amanda and their daughters Brooklynn and Adrianna, Port Charlotte, Florida; Amanda Burris, Albuquerque and Allen Cooley of Phoenix, Arizona.  Also surviving are siblings Nan Harwod, Beverly Hale, Norman Willson, Lavonne Mader and Richard Willson.  Preceding her in death was her beloved husband, Jack, sister, Barbara Weaver and brother Bill Willson. Memorial services & interment of ashes will be held Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 4:00 pm.  It will be held at the Socorro Cemetery.
WYCHE – Gracie Joann, 72, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away peacefully Monday, November 21, 2011. She is survived by husband of 52 years, Walter D. Wyche of Albuquerque, NM; daughters, Donna McCormick and husband, Tom Maier,  Sandi Wyche-Mayer and husband, Kevin;  grandchildren, Caitlyn, Grant, Taylor and Kayla;  brother,  Ambers Guin and wife Bertie, James Guin and wife, Ann Marie; and many other family and friends. Mrs. Wyche was preceded in death by her parents, Lawrence and Faye Guin and her brother Edward.  She was a longtime active member of Paradise Hills United Methodist Church. Gracie was a loving wife and mother and devoted friend to many.  Her service will be held on Friday, November 25, 2011, 11:00 am at Paradise Hills United Methodist Church, 4700 Paradise Blvd NW.  Friends may view beginning at 10:00 am. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, 924 Menaul Blvd NE. Memorial contributions may be made to the Roadrunner Food Bank, 5840 Office Blvd NE, 87109,  505-349-8909,  or the charity of your choice . Please visit our online guest book for Gracie at www.RememberTheirStory.com.  FRENCH, 9300 Golf Course Rd NW, 505-897-0300
ZAMAN – On Sunday, May 15, 2011, at his home in Socorro, New Mexico, Shamsuz Zaman went home to be with the Lord. Shamsuz was born on February 1, 1930, in Jessore, East Bengal, India.  He graduated from the University of Dacca in 1950 with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering, and moved to the United States in 1951.  In 1955, he received two Masters’ degrees from the Colorado School of Mines, one in Metallurgical Engineering and one in Petroleum Engineering.  He did his Doctoral studies in Metallurgy at Northwestern University and the New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology from 1956 through 1959.  He spent the next 36 years, until his retirement in 1995, travelling the world as a research engineer and project manager with Anaconda Copper Company, the Battelle Memorial Institute, the Colorado School of Mines, UNOCAL, and the Hazen Research Institute.  Shamsuz spoke six languages, was an avid reader and chess player, was fond of classical music and poetry, and liked nothing more than debating and discussing philosophy and the natural sciences.  He was an accomplished athlete, and in his youth he played soccer, cricket and tennis.  In his later years, he had several flirtations with golf, but eventually decided it was easier to fall asleep in front of the TV while watching golf than it was playing it.  He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Edna, his daughter Zobeida Eye and husband Kurt, his son Jon Zaman and wife Lorry, and his grandchildren Kevin, Alex and Molly Hunt, Nicole Andraka, and Philip and James Zaman.  As his wishes were to be cremated, Shamsuz’s grandchildren will serve as Honorary Pall Bearers.  A memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, 2011, at the Daniels Family Funeral Services Socorro Chapel in Socorro, New Mexico with Pastor Carlos Chavez as the celebrant.  A private interment will be held at a later date. To view funeral information or leave a condolence online please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Shamsuz’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530ZAMORA – Dionicio E. (Lonnie) Zamora,76, passed away on Monday, November 02,2009 in Socorro, NM. Lonnie  was born in Magdalena,NM on September 07,1933 to Domingo and Rafelita(Gomez) Zamora.   He is survived by his Wife of 55 years, Mary(Baca) Zamora of Socorro,NM; Sons, Michael Zamora; and Dennis Valdez, both  of Albuquerque,NM; Daughter, Diana Martinez and Husband, Roland of Albuquerque; Sisters Manuelita Sedillo of Socorro; and Marcella Sisneros of Albuquerque; Granddaughter, Theresa Recio of Albuquerque; Grandson, Anthony Recio of Albuquerque; Great Granddaughters, Adrianna Recio- Hernandez; and Kassy Recio, both of Albuquerque. Lonnie was a Socorro Police officer for 15 years and worked as Landfill Supervisor for the City of Socorro until he retired. He retired from the T6 NM National Guard after 23 years of service. Lonnie was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. Lonnie is preceded  in death by Brothers, Luis Zamora; Tom Zamora; Frank Zamora; and Sisters, Mary Chavez; Benita Sedillo; and Sofia Chavez. A Visitation will be held at Steadman-Hall Funeral  Home on Friday, November 6,2009, from 9am-5pm. A Rosary will be recited on Friday, November  6, 2009 at 7pm at San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro, NM. A Mass of Ressurection will be celebrated on Saturday,  November 7, 2009, at 9am, at San Miguel Catholic Church  with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial will take place in the San Migual Cemetery. Pallbearers are Michael Gonzales, Raymond Gonzales, Albert Chavez, Johnny Sedillo, Anthony Recio, and Frank McQuerry. Honorary Pallbearers are Damascus Smith, and Santos Hernandez. Arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM, 87801. (575)835-1530.ZAMORA – Edna Genevieve Zamora, 64, passed away Monday, July 19, 2010. Edna was born in Magdalena, NM on December 14, 1945 to Martin Sr. and Josie (Duran) Chavez. She is survived by loving mother, Josie Chavez of Magdalena; her devoted children, Michael Zamora and wife, Dorothy of Magdalena; Matthew Zamora and Lorraine Henderson of Magdalena; Mark Chavez and wife, Sharon of Grants, NM; and Mary Jean Cearley of Magdalena; her loving grandchildren, Aubriana; Juliana; Machaela; Joseph; Christopher; Jeremy; Daniel; Selena; Mark; Martin; Christina; Amber Rose; and  Rebekah; one brother, Martin Chavez Jr. and wife, Barbara; and two sisters, Lorraine Baca and husband, Cruz; and Sandra Montoya and husband, Tommy; and many nieces and nephews. Edna was a lifelong resident of Magdalena and a devoted member of St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her father, Martin Chavez Sr. and her husband, Joe A. Zamora. A Rosary will be recited Friday, July 23, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at St Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Magdalena. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Saturday, July 24, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. also at St Mary of Magdalene Catholic Church with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Burial will take place in the Magdalena Cemetery. Pallbearers are Christopher Chavez, Jeremy Chavez, Daniel Chavez, Andres Montoya, Dominic Zamora, and Joaquin Zamora. Honorary Pallbearers are Martin Chavez, Cruz Baca, Mariano Latasa Jr., Robert Zamora, Pete Zamora, and Henry Zamora. Those who wish to send condolences may do so at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM  87801. (575) 835-1530ZAMORA – Nelson Michael Zamora, 49, passed away on Saturday, April10, 2010, in Socorro, NM. Nelson was born in Albuquerque, NM, on October 28, 1960. He is survived  by his mother, Vivian (Aragon) Armijo and step-father, Bennie Armijo of Socorro; his sister, Josie Pino and partner, Ruben Padilla, also of Socorro; neice, Miranda Martinez; nephew, Andrew Martinez Jr.; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Nelson  was very proud of being  on the 1977 Socorro Warrior State Champion Football Team and still was a dedicated Socorro Warrior fan of all sports. He was an avid Chicago Bears fan.  He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Juan and Juanita Aragon, and his niece Pamela Martinez. A Rosary will be recited at San Miguel Catholic Chuch in Socorro, on Saturday, April 17, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. with a Communion Service immediately following with Deacon Mike Ybarra officiating. Inurnment will take place at the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery in Socorro. Pallbearers are Josie Pino, Mikayla Craddick, and Alisha Pino-Lucero. Honorary Pallbearers are Edmundo Soto Jr., Willie Lucero, Valentin Anaya Jr., Daniel Chavez, Ruben Padilla, Andrew Martinez Jr., Rob Lopez, Lawrence Valenzuela Jr., and David Chavez. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575) 835-1530ZAMORA – Sally R. Zamora, 65, passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2009, at home in Socorro, NM. Sally was born in Corona, New Mexico on June 6, 1944 to Placido and Geneva (Chavez) Romo. She is survived by her daughters, Diedra Vinson and husband, Jason of Socorro; Denise Zamora of Socorro; Brothers, Ray Romo and wife, Priscilla of Capitan, New Mexico; Fred Romo and wife, Francine of Albuquerque, NM;Sisters, Mary Kirkham of Grand Junction, CO; Martha Savedra and husband, Edward of Socorro; Ofelia Lara of Roswell, NM; Virginia Garcia and husband, Richard of Roswell; and Gloria Maxey of Oklahoma City, OK; Grandchildren: Michael Santistevan Jr.; Vanessa Santistevan; Derrick Vinson; Jordan Vinson; and Isaac Ramirez; Great Grandchildren: Cierra Ramirez; and Isiah Ramirez; other family members: Mackie Gonzales; and Talitha Anaya; Sally is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Zamora; son Thomas Zamora Jr., and sister Ruby Sanchez. A Mass of Resurrection will be  celebrated on Monday, November 23, 2009 at 9:00 am at San Miguel Catholic Church with Father Andy Pavlak as Celebrant. Pallbearers are Michael Santistevan Jr. and Vanessa Santistevan. Arrangements are under the care of Steadman-Hall Funeral Home, 309 Garfield, Socorro, NM 87801. (575) 835-1530.

ZIEGLER – Jackie, born Jacqueline Joy Bartley, in Butler PA., on April 15, 1928 to Arthur and Mable Bartley, went home to be with Our Lord on April 14, 2011. Jackie was raised in Hooker and Cranberry, PA. She was a member of the Cranberry High Band where she earned her “C” and was also a member of the public speaking club, becoming well know in the area as a talented public speaker. Jackie loved animals, especially dogs – if you knew her – who could forget her beloved “Caroline.” in the early 1950′s, she raised a National Champion Cocker Spaniel – “Dunbar’s Delight.” In 1946, she married Carl Ziegler and the family moved to Alb., NM in 1953. In 1970, she accomplished her life long dream becoming a nurse. Jackie was very proud of her career and was employed by Presbyterian, Univ. Heights, UNM Mental Health, and St. Joseph’s in Alb. She remained active with the Socorro Companion Program,  working in the activities dept. at Good Sam’s until she was 80. Jackie is survived by four children: Maryland Pattison of Socorro, NM; Carl B. Ziegler of Alb., NM; Kristi Eaton and son-in-law Gil Eaton of Lockport, NY; and Cathy Humble and son-in-law Mike Humble of Sierra Vista, AZ. Five grandchildren: Jason Pattison, Brian Eaton, Daniel Ziegler, Angela Eaton Shipe, and Kimberly Eaton Chase. Five great-grandchildren: Jordan Eaton; twins, Maia and Olivia Pattison; Jayden Ziegler; and Camoeron Eaton. She had many endearing qualities of which a quick witt, dry sense of humor, deep compassion, and love of life will always be loving remembered. Mother, we will deeply miss you! A memorial service will be held at San Miguel Church in Socorro, NM on Friday, April 29 at 11:00 a.m.

ZIMMERLY – Sylvestra (Chavez) Zimmerly, a California resident since 1988, passed away on November 19, 2009 at the age of ninety one and a half. She was born on May 10, 1918, in Socorro, NM. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband of thirteen years, Steve Deluvino Zimmerly; her parents, Telesfor Chavez and Manuela (Montoya) Chavez; her brothers, Elias Chavez, Jacobo Chavez, Hubert Larribas, Telesfor Chavez, Jr., and her sister, Bonifacia Chavez. She is survived by her four daughters; Janet Zimmerly and husband Frans Broers, Ina Zimmerly-Phillips and husband Roy Phillips, Dorothy Turner and husband Rodney Turner, and Arlene Zimmerly. Also, her four grandchildren; Steven Rice, Shannon Rice, Douglas Broers and Denise Broers. She was completely devoted to her children and grandchildren. Sylvestra is also survived by her sisters; Carlota Chavez Vigil and Aleene Fuentes and husband Peter Fuentes. Also surviving Sylvestra are Carlota’s daughters, Gloria Vigil, Linda Vigil Lopez (her godchild), Estella Greene, Agnes Gunderson and Cecilia Vigil. Her daughters’ lives were enriched by almost every act of her being. She was a mother/father role model for them in every sense of the word. Through her example, she inspired her daughters to be loving, strong, independent, persevering, and diligent women. Love and respect of family was of the utmost importance. In her later years, her four grandchildren kept her vibrant as she inspired, encouraged, and loved them with all her being. As she grew older she grew more spiritual. Her deep love of hiking in the mountains, gardening, collecting crystals, traveling, reading, fixing what needed to be fixed, working on her puzzles, making her famous tortillas, posole, red chile, and carne seca kept her focused. There were very few things she wouldn’t tackle if a job had to be done. She was a deep inspiration to many who knew her well. Her strong determination kept her moving in a forward direction, she had few regrets. Sylvestra lived most of her life in New Mexico. She was born in Socorro, NM and as a child, grew up on a ranch hi Magdalena, NM. She often spoke about the summer adventures she shared with her two sisters and two brothers. At age nine, Sylvestra’s mother died leaving many duties in her capable hands. This is probably where she learned to be such a strong and dependable individual. She graduated from Magdalena High School as valedictorian in 1937. In 1940 she married Steve Zimmerly, the love of her life. After WWII, they raised a family of four daughters and at the same time established a contracting/building business. Her husband suddenly died at the age of 36 of uremia. True to form, Sylvestra picked up the pieces and moved to Albuquerque in 1954 to raise her family on her own. The job she retired from in 1976 was with the Veterans Administration Hospital as a medical secretary and agent cashier earning the superior performance award for her exceptional skills. At the age of seventy she moved to Valencia, California to be close to her four grandchildren whom she absolutely adored. She spent her time joyfully helping out as often as she could. She often reflected on this time in her life as being the best because she was finally doing all the things she didn’t have time to do with her four daughters when they were growing up. Her family will deeply miss her vibrant smile and loving spirit. Whenever we parted we always said, “I love you!” and she would always respond by saying, “I love you even more!” This is how we will remember our dearest mother. A rosary of remembrance will be held at 8:30 a.m. and Mass at 9:00 a.m. at San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro, New Mexico, on Friday, December 4, 2009. Inurnment will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 7500 Paseo del Norte NE, Albuquerque at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 5, 2009.