Obituaries (07/31/14)

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HATCH — Martha ReJune Stewart Hatch, 80, passed away Saturday, July 26 2014, in Socorro. Martha was born Feb. 15 1934, in Salt Lake City, Utah, the daughter of Robert Murray Stewart and Emily Smith Stewart. She grew up in Salt Lake City and attended the University of Utah, where she held the position of President of Associated Women Students and graduated with highest honors. She met Dr. Melvin Hatch, her loving husband of 56 years, while living in Washington, D.C. They married in 1958 in the Salt Lake City Temple and made their home in Midland, Michigan, where their three children were born. The family moved to Socorro, New Mexico in 1966, where her husband was employed as professor of organic chemistry at New Mexico Tech. Martha was an active and devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, serving in countless capacities, including that of Women’s Relief Society President. She gave to the community through many labors of love, including singing in community choir, Friends of the Library, and contributing a column to the newspaper. She founded the Friends of the Bosque del Apache NWR newsletter, which she wrote for almost a decade. She is survived by her husband, Melvin: daughters Catherine Clark (Ted) of Hong Kong, Patty (Benson Whittle, deceased) of Santa Fe, and daughter-in-law Roseanne (Steve Norbut) of Gilbert, Arizona; brother Robert Murray Stewart Jr. of Ames, Iowa; 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her son James Murray Hatch. She will be remembered for her kindness, her scintillating smile and for having been a friend to all. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints meeting house.

LOCKWOOD — Mary Aileen Lockwood, 79, passed away Friday, July 25, 2014 with her loving family by her side. She was born in Palermo, California on Feb. 12, 1935, to John A. and Hazel Graham Tucker. Mary has been a resident of Socorro for the last 10 years. She had a great sense of humor and loved animals and children. Mary loved to dance and was very fashionable and enjoyed her donuts. She cherished the time she spent with her family and loved being a homemaker. Mary will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Donald Tucker and Jack Tucker; and granddaughter, Heidi Coldiron. Mary is survived by her husband of 62 years, Robert M. Lockwood; daughters, Jan Nye, Shelley Scott and husband, Terry, and Tammy Scroggs and husband, Mike; grandchildren, Cara Baird and husband, Tim, Jared Knowlton, Seth Knowlton and wife, Elena, Matti Yazzie, Jennifer Ramirez and husband, Jorge, Sarah Hammack and husband, Brad, Stacey Anderson and husband, Tony, Calley Nye and Hayley Nye; great grandchildren, Carly, Ben, Halen, Mateo, Damian, Preston, Tucker, Shelby, Colby, Landon and Colton. Private graveside services will be held at a later date. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Mary’s care has been entrusted to:

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

KIEHNE — Max W. “ Billy” Kiehne, 88, of Silver City, New Mexico passed away on Saturday, July 19, 2014. A Rosary will be recited on Saturday Aug. 2, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church in Middle Frisco, New Mexico (just south of Reserve). The Funeral Mass will also be on Aug. 2, 2014 at 1 p.m. at The Catron County Fair Grounds in Reserve; burial will follow at the cemetery in Middle Frisco.
Billy was born Sept. 16, 1925 in Reserve, New Mexico to Max Chavez Kiehne and Teresita Lopez Kiehne, delivered by a midwife, and born on the Five Bar Ranch, which had been founded in 1900 by his grandfather. He was the youngest of three brothers Emil Oliver Kiehne (wife Beverly) of El Paso, Texas, Tom Lee Kiehne (wife Ellen), who preceded him in death, of Luna, New Mexico. Billy also had a younger sister, Nellie Dora, who preceded him in death as an infant prior to one year of age. Billy was married to Anne Giampetro Kiehne on May 30, 1954. They recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary and they raised five children: Zeno Kiehne of Reserve, New Mexico, Zane Kiehne (wife Tanya) of Pecos, Texas, Travis Kiehne (wife Tammy) of Magdalena, New Mexico, Clell Kiehne (Kathy Trujillo) of Lemitar, New Mexico, and Tita Kiehne Heinen (husband Bobby) of Farmington, New Mexico. In addition to the above, Billy is also survived by 20 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces. Billy served in the Navy during World War II, enlisting when 17 years old and later served on the draft board. He was a Catron County Commissioner, Reserve School board member, Soil Conservation Service Board member, and was an advisory Board member to the U.S. Forest Service for Grazing Permittees.
Billy was raised on and later owned and operated the Five Bar Ranch, located in the mountains southeast of Reserve, New Mexico. He was a mountain cowboy and a good horseman. Billy hunted a lot of lion and bear in New Mexico and Arizona and hunted jaguar in Mexico. Billy enjoyed training and watching good dogs work. Although he often hunted alone, he preferred to hunt with family and friends. In 2004 Billy wrote the book, “Hunters, Hounds and Horsemen.” Billy roped a while and if he had any regrets it would be not having the opportunity to rope more. He opened the chute on thousands of calves and steers for nephews, sons, grandkids and their friends. He enjoyed overseeing a rope horse trained and appreciated a good horse.  Billy liked ranching, rodeo, horses, hounds and the mountains. After retiring from ranching, Billy purchased and operated the Road Runner Mobile Home Park in Silver City, New Mexico until his death. Billy was a great friend to many. He enriched many lives with laughter, wit, and wisdom. He truly enjoyed life until the very day he died. Billy will be missed by many. Pallbearers are Terrell Shelly, Travis Nuckols, Barney Spurgeon, Kenny Brown, Rex Nichols, Rufus Choate and Keith Wilkerson Honorary Pallbearers are Darryl Welty, Tink Burris, Alan Swenson, Mike Thomas, Jim Bob Nuckols, Andy Carrejo, Glyn Griffin, Allan Robinson, and Dave Farr. Bright/Lordsburg Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 210 W. College Ave. Silver City, New Mexico, 575-388-1911. “Traditional services and care for your family and friends.” To send condolences log into www.brightfuneral.net.

FERNANDEZ — Virginia L. Fernandez, 97, passed away peacefully on July 16, 2014. She was born May 30, 1917 in Hilo, Hawaii. She is preceded in death by husband John DeCosta Sr., and husband, Joseph Fernandez, and son-in-law Lurito Acierto. She is survived by her children Annie Acierto, John DeCosta Jr. and wife Barbara, Leo DeCosta and wife Audrey, and Harold DeCosta and wife, Maureen, nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014 at 2 p.m. at El Buen Pastor Church in Socorro, New Mexico. Final resting place will be in Homelani Memorial in Hilo, Hawaii.

SMITH — Ronald G. Smith, 67, a resident of Socorro for the past 20 years, passed away Friday, July 25, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Elyria, Ohio on Sept. 5, 1946, to Cecil R. and Julia M. Heath Smith. Ron grew up in Streetsboro, Ohio and after high school, he served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After the war Ron lived in Barstow, California for 20 years before moving to Socorro. He worked for Honeywell for 32 years before retiring in 2011. He enjoyed bow hunting when he was younger and loved taking pictures. Ron married his high school sweetheart, Candice Wolfe, in 1968 and they loved to square dance and attending the annual Balloon Festival in Albuquerque. Ron was quite the handyman and was a model train enthusiast and was the current president of the Train Gang. Ron was a devoted family man and very strong in his faith. He was a very active member of the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Socorro. Ron will be truly missed by all that knew and loved him. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Heather Smith; his parents; brother-in-law, Bob Wolfe Jr.; father-in-law, Bob Wolfe. Ron is survived by loving wife of 45 years, Candice Smith; daughter, Heidi Smith; son, Ronald G. Smith Jr.; brother, Cecil Smith and wife, Lisa; sister, Bridgett Swboni and husband, Jiggs; step-brothers, John Omar and Raymond Omar and wife, Barbara; step-father, Charles Omar; step-sister, Diane McDougall; mother-in-law, Winifred Wolfe; sister-in-law, Kim Simms and husband, Bob and Wendy Fear and husband, Ray; grandsons, Robert A. Smith, Trenton D. Smith, Devin J. Smith, Isaiah M. Reyna, Matthew J. Smith, Joshua A. Smith, and Aiden X. Smith; ex daughter-in-law, Desiree Smith; and the family pet, Cody. Visitation was held Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Daniels Family Funeral Services – Socorro Chapel, 309 Garfield St, in Socorro. Services were held on Monday, July 28 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 1000 Goad , Socorro with Pastor Reuben Thomas officiating. Pallbearers were Ron Smith Jr., Robert Smith, Trenton Smith, Devin Smith, Matthew Fierro, and Ed Alldred. In lieu of flowers donations may be given in Ron’s honor to the American Cancer Society, 10501 Montgomery Blvd. NE #300, Albuquerque, NM 87111 or the American Diabetes Association, 2625 Pennsylvania St. NE #300, Albuquerque, NM 87110. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Ron’s care has been entrusted to:

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