Obituaries (01/14/2012)


RICE – James Curtis Rice, 64, brother of Socorro resident William Rice, passed away at his home in Santa Fe on January 3, 2012. He was retired from security work. Jim was born in Tucson on August 22, 1947. He grew up in Houston and lived in Austin and Arlington before moving to Santa Fe. He was a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves, and traveled extensively throughout the United States. Jim earned a master’s degree in creative writing from Texas Christian University and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Houston, where he served as editor of the student newspaper. An accomplished poet, Jim’s letters were often punctuated by snippets of his work. He loved the classics and cheerfully quoted passages from many of Shakespeare’s plays, as well as other literary and philosophical works. Jim enjoyed visiting often with his older brother Bill in Socorro, as well as taking trips to the East Coast to see younger brother John and his girlfriend Ronni of Halfmoon, New York, where he spent many happy times enjoying theater, boating and betting the ponies while ardently declaring his devotion to “Ronni’s fried chicken and John’s salads.” Jim is also survived by a sister, Miriam Holder, of Oklahoma City. He was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis and Miriam Rice of Houston, as well as a sister, Helen Ann Hardecke of Missouri. He had numerous nieces and nephews. Jim was a sensitive, caring and thoughtful son and brother and uncle and friend, loved by all.

GOMEZ – Charlie  A. Gomez, 67, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 10, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Magdalena, New Mexico on March 3, 1944, to Bacilio and Mela (Madril) Gomez. After graduating from Magdalena High School in 1963, Charlie moved to California, where he worked as a Warehouse man for Weslock Manufacturers. He relocated to the Magdalena area in 2009. Charlie was an avid fisherman and especially enjoyed Deep Sea Fishing. He loved to hunt. Charlie was always a happy go lucky guy and loved his family and friends very much. He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, his sister, Eva Trujillo, and his brothers, Gilbert  Gomez, and Bacilio Gomez Jr.. Charlie is survived by his son, Charlie Gomez Jr.; his grandson, Charlie Gomez III; his sisters, Mary Baca and husband, Monico; Corine Sanchez and Juan Malvido; his brother,Tommy Gomez and wife, Dolores; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and other loving family members and friends. A Visitation will be held on Sunday, January 15, 2012, from 6:00 pm-7:00 pm at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church in Magdalena, NM followed by A Rosary which will be recited at 7:00 pm. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Monday, January 16, 2012, at 9:00 AM  also at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant. There will be a Visitation one hour prior to Mass. After Cremation takes place, Interment will be held in the Magdalena Cemetery on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 10:00 am. Pallbearers will be Joshua Gomez, Edward Baca, Michael  Sanchez, Pat Trujillo, Jacob Gomez, and Andrew  Sanchez.  Honorary pallbearers are James Trujillo, Leroy Trujillo, and Bobby  Gomez. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit  Charlie ‘s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, New Mexico, 87801. 575-835-1530

FRATELLO – Frances Ann Torregrosa Fratello, 70, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 12, 2012 in Albuquerque, NM surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Manhattan, New York on July 10, 1941 to Alfred Francis and Hanora (Ball) Torregrosa. Frances was a resident of Socorro since 1977 when she and her husband and her daughter moved from New Jersey and embarked on an adventure of owning and operating an Automobile Dealership. They bought a small farm house in Lemitar and on Memorial Day weekend, 1977 with a ply wood sign and a can of spray paint, they opened the doors to their dealership, known as Viva Chrysler. They sold five cars that weekend which was just the beginning of 33 years in the industry. Fran loved and enjoyed the partnership, she and her husband shared. Frances was an avid fan of boating and “RV” camping. She loved spending time at the lake with her family. She was especially fond of holidays and always had a way of making them special. More than anything in this world, Frances adored and loved all of her family to the fullest. She was preceded in death by her parents; her step father, Leroy Burgess; her sister, Nora McGovern; her brother, Leroy Burgess Jr.; and her great nephew, Nicolas Santomenna Chavez . Frances is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Edward  Fratello; her devoted daughter, Helena Armijo and husband, John; four grandchildren, Alisa Gonzales and husband, Matthew; Sherree Roberts and husband, Michael; Raymond Torres and wife, Tiffany; and Dustin Armijo; ten great grandchildren; her brothers, James Burgess and wife, Linda; George Burgess; her sisters, Phyllis Santomenna and husband, Angelo; Patricia DiBartolomeo and husband, Patrick; Margaret Kelly and husband, John; and Catherine Rodriguez and husband, Carlos; 18 loving nieces and nephews; and many other loving family members and close friends. A Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 10:00 am at the San Miguel Catholic Church followed by a Mass of Resurrection which will be celebrated at 10:30 am with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment will take place in the San Acacia Cemetery following the services. Pallbearers are: Oscar Lucero, Jonathan DiBartolomeo, Raymond Torres, Matthew Gonzales, John Armijo, and Richard DiBartolomeo. Honorary pallbearers are Angelo Santomenna, Charles Fratello, Edward M. Fratello, and Michael Roberts. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions and  donations may be given in Frances’s honor to: American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit  Frances’s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, New Mexico, 87801. 575-835-1530