Obituaries (02/25/2012)


SANCHEZ – Helen P. Sanchez, 90, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 21, 2012. She was born in San Antonito , NM on August 22, 1921, to Telesfor and Malcolfa (Chavez) Padilla. Helen was a lifelong resident of the Socorro area although she resided in California for a brief time. She was a very caring person who was always willing to lend a helping hand. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, crocheting, knitting, and cooking and baking, which she loved to share with many family and friends during the holidays. Helen could fix almost anything, from a kitchen toaster to remodeling a room, she was very skilled and often joked about how she was a jack of all trades. She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Herman Sanchez Jr., four brothers, Anacor Padilla, Aaron Sirio Padilla, Bernie Padilla, and Benny Padilla, and her sister, Mary Pilar Chavez. Helen is survived by her devoted son, Richard M Sanchez and wife, Soledad; her loving daughter, Geri J Jones and husband David; five grandchildren, Jason E Jones; Jessica Jones; Amanda Jones; David Jones III; and Stephanie Cooper; ten great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; her brother, Telesfor Padilla Jr. and wife, Connie; her sister, Ruth Apodaca and husband, Joe; her devoted cousin, Rudy Lucero; and many other loving family members. A Rosary will be recited on Saturday, February 25, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. at the San Miguel Catholic Church. Followed by a Mass of Resurrection which will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment will take place in the San Antonito Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jason E Jones, Hilario Ramirez, David Ramirez, Eduardo Ramirez, Richard Sanchez and Brandon Savedra. Honorary pallbearers are Jordan Silva, Jason D. Jones, and Daniel McManus. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions or donations may be given in Helen’s honor to the Scleroderma Foundation at www.scler To view information or leave a condolence, please visit Helen’s care has been ent rusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St Socorro, New Mexico, 87801 575-835-1530.

LUCERO – Antonio C. Lucero, 80, went to be with his Lord in Heaven on February 21, 2012. He was born on May 7,1931, to Juan T. and Josefita (Saiz) Lucero in Socorro, New Mexico. He is preceded in death by his parents; beloved wife, Frances and son, Tony Lucero Jr.; sister, Lola Montano; brother, Johnny Lucero; sister-in-laws, Odelia Tafoya; and Mildred Bridgeman; and brother-in-laws, Luis T. Chavez; Lolo Montano; George Naranjo; Mike Padilla; John Gallagher; and Albert Castillo. He is survived by his daughters, Dr. Marian Lucero (Frank Martin); Linda Otero (Michael); and Francine Martinez (Tony); and son, Ryan Lucero (Victoria); his sisters, Aurora Naranjo; Ellen Padilla; Susie Gallagher; Stella Castillo; and brother, Gilbert Lucero; also, sister-in-laws, Sheila Porath; Cecilia Montoya; and Dora Lucero; his grandchildren, Cristy Lucero-Bryan (Joel); Brianna Martinez; Sabrina Lucero; Jynell Finch (Ryan); Deryck and Jaycob Otero;  great grandchildren, Elias, Nicholas, and Marcus Lucero; and Dawn Lucero-Bryan; and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He was a lifelong resident of Socorro. After graduating from high school, he joined the National Guard, then went on to serve in the Army during the Korean War. He was stationed in Germany where he suffered a broken arm when the truck he was riding in plunged down into a ravine. He was sent from Germany to El Paso, Texas to rehab before being honorably discharged from the Army. He never told his family about his broken arm because he “didn’t want to worry them.” He married Frances Tafoya on October 22, 1955. They were married for almost 50 years until her death in 2005. He worked for many years as a bookkeeper at Crabtree Building Supply and New Mexico Tech. He retired from Socorro Consolidated Schools in 1994 where he held several positions, one being a school bus driver. He loved music and dancing. Antonio played the Accordion and the Piano. He enjoyed sports especially Football and Basketball. He loved his family and would do anything for them. He will be greatly missed but he is now resting peacefully in Heaven. A Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 8:30 am at the San Miguel Catholic Church followed by a Mass of Resurrection which will be celebrated at 9:00 am with Father Andrew Pavlak as Celebrant. Interment will take place following services in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery.To view information or leave a condolence, please visit  Antonio ‘s care has been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St, Socorro, New Mexico, 87801.  75-835-1530