Obituaries (04/17/14)

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ROSAS — Sophie  Z. Rosas, 68, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, surrounded by her family. She was born in Socorro, N.M. on April 3, 1946, to Juan and Florinda (Lopez) Zamora. Sophie was a lifelong resident of Socorro. She enjoyed cooking, shopping and just simply visiting with family and friends. More than anything, Sophie loved her children and her grandchildren were her pride and joy, her everything. She was preceded in death by her parents. Sophie is survived by her children, Antonette Marie Rosas Romero and husband, Sean; Henry Rosas Jr.; and Liz Rosas; her brothers, Steve; Paul; Candy; and David; her sisters, Rosella; Jenny; Cruzita; and Dorothy; her sister and brother in laws; many nieces, nephews, and other loving family members and close friends. Sophie will be greatly missed by her grandchildren, Rick R. Nunez; Jonathan James Rosas; Jared Paul Rosas; Jaedyn Jude Gutierrez; and Timothy Orlando Rosas Gonzales Jr.; her great grandchild, Gage Nunez; and her dear friend and neighbor, that was so caring during Sophie’s illness, Fiddie Godinez, your kindness will always be remembered. The Holy Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. at San Miguel Catholic Church, 403 El Camino Real, Socorro, followed by the Mass of Resurrection which will be celebrated at 9 a.m. with Father Andrew Pavlak as celebrant. Inurnment will take place in the San Miguel Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers are Sophie’s loving grandchildren, Rick, Jonathan, Jared, Jaedyn, and Timothy. Honorary pallbearer is her great grandchild, Gage. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions and donations may be given in Sophie‘s honor to Good Samaritan Society, PO Box 1279 Socorro, NM 87801. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Sophie’s care has been entrusted to:

Daniels Family Funeral Services
309 Garfield St.
Socorro, NM 87801
575-835-1530

KATS — Carol Juene Kats, age 74, and a resident of Polvadera, NM joined her Lord and Savior on Monday, March 31, 2014. She was born in Platte, SD on July 20, 1939, to Cornelius “Cornie” and Henrietta “Hattie” Westerhuis Brink. Carol attended country school, Platte High School, and Dordt College. She also attended Teacher’s College in Springfield and taught at a country school after she graduated. She married Kenneth J. Kats in 1959 and they lived on Ken’s family farm. Carol and Ken moved to Albuquerque, N.M. in 1966 with their three children, Tammy, Marnita and Jay. Carol worked in retail sales until she retired in 1996. Ken and Carol moved to the Socorro, N.M., area in 1997 so Ken could return to his farming and livestock raising roots. She was a deacon of the First Presbyterian Church and was active in the Presbyterian Women’s for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her daughter, Tammy R. Kats. Carol is survived by husband of 54 years, Kenneth J. Kats of Polvadera, N.M.; daughter, Marnita L. Kats of Albuquerque; son, Jay Kats and wife, Kelly and their family of Toledo, Wash.; sister Betty J. Roeters and husband, Ed of Mariposa, Calif.; brother, Bernie Brink and wife, Esther of Platte, S.D.; and many other loving family members and friends. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 304 McCutcheon Ave. W, Socorro. In lieu of flowers donations may be given in Carol’s honor to the Good Samaritan Society, PO Box 1279, Socorro, N.M., 87801. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Carol’s care has been entrusted to:

Daniels Family Funeral Services
309 Garfield St.
Socorro, NM 87801
575-835-1530

HERMAN — Betty Jean (Anderson) Herman, The Lord welcomed Betty to join him on April 11, 2014.  She was born Dec. 20, 1929, in the small mining town of Leonidas and raised in the Mesabi Iron Range country of far northern Minnesota. The fifth of the seven children of Margaret and JW (John William) Anderson,  she  grew up knowing the toughness of life in the Great Depression and the dedication of hard work during World War II.  In her younger years, Betty was a talented pianist creating lively impromptu dance sessions with her version of “Boogie Woogie.” Throughout her life, Betty worked as a switchboard telephone operator, real estate agent, and a station agent for Conoco Oil. She volunteered with senior projects and served as  a senior librarian while living in Modesto, Calif. Although Betty faced many challenges  throughout her life, the most painful was in trying to save her son.  For many years, she sought medical treatment for her young son, Jack. During the 1950/1960s, there was little known about Muscular Dystrophy, the disease with which he was finally diagnosed. With Betty’s love and sacrifice to care for him, he lived to an, at that time unheard of,  age of 17. Although faced with severe fading vision and hearing, her passion in later years was crossword and jigsaw puzzles, reading history, true crime biography books and following cable news. She enjoyed baking — especially as a donation to fundraisers in Magdalena. She enjoyed her life in the Village of Magdalena and later at Rancho Magdalena with her daughter. Betty was preceded in death by her son, Jack Bagnall and husband Jack Herman. She is survived by her daughters, Lori (Coates) Scholes and husband Lee of Magdalena, N.M., and Margaret (Bagnall) Ray and husband Darrell of Martinez, Calif.; brother David Anderson of Magdalena, N.M. and Milwaukee, Wis.; sister Grace Berg of Sacramento, Calif.; granddaughter Jennifer (Scholes) Kent of Magdalena, N.M. and nieces Diane Lang of West Bend, Wis.;  Sandra Hanley, Sherry Bos, Debbie Berg, of California and nephews Don Anderson of Genessee, Wis. and Jerry Berg, Greg Berg, and Mike Berg of California. The family is following Betty’s wishes to be cremated and buried at the family cemetery at Rancho Magdalena.

GUERRO — Lee Andy Guerro passed away on April 9, 2014, in Albuquerque, N.M. He was born May 5, 1952, to Aldaco and Mary Guerro in Alamo, N.M. Lee resided in Albuquerque with his daughter Jeyena where her worked as a Silversmith. Lee had many other talents besides jewelry making. Lee loved all of his grandchildren . They were the joy of his life. Lee is survived by his daughters Jeneya Guerro and partner Anthony Pouges: Anesha Gonzales and husband, Larry. Step-daughter Tara Ong and sons, Lee Andy Guerro Jr. and Dakota Guerro. Grandchildren: Ayzia Guerro, Marissa Gonzales, Jeremiah Gonzales, Jazmyn Pouges and Nizhoni Gonzales. A memorial service will be held on April 18, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Cremation Society of N.M., 1935 Jaun Tabo NE, Abq. N.M.