Rufina Zella Lorella Gonzales Alderete, age 87, passed away on June 23, 2020. Zella was born in Lemitar New Mexico, June 19, 1933. She shared 54 years of marriage to Jose Alderete.. She is survived by her children, daughter Lorella (Bill Chavez,) son Rocco Alderete, daughter Mela (Dale Stral…

Viola Lucia Sanchez, Age 74 of Socorro, NM gained her wings on June 9, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. Viola was born on December 26, 1945 in Luis Lopez, NM to Amaila, and Porfidio Silva. Viola was preceded in death by her parents, and sisters Renee Griffith, Ida Montano, Aggie Padilla…

Mike M. Naranjo passed away peacefully on June 10, 2020. Mike was born in Socorro, NM, January 14, 1931. He was married to Sidney Naranjo for 56 years. Mike was a life-long resident of Socorro until 2018 when he and Sidney moved to Chandler, AZ, to be near their children. Mike graduated from…

George Enriquez Zamora, born on April 18, 1956, entered into eternal rest on June 6, 2020 after a long battle with Multiple System Atrophy. He attended Mt. Carmel elementary school, and then graduated from Socorro High School in 1974. George then went on to attend UNM; recieving a bachelor’s…

Richard Victorino Lopez went home to be with his maker on May 30, 2020 with his wife, children, and grandchildren by his side. Richard was born on September 27, 1948 in Magdalena, New Mexico to Rosa Gallegos and Felix Lopez. He was preceded in death by his son, Felix Louis Lopez; and his par…

Quin Dustin Ayon, 24, passed away peacefully on May 14, 2020 at his home at Casa Angelica. He was born to Cindy Lou Ross in Albuquerque, NM. And lived in Socorro, NM. Quin and his mom Cindy would go to school in Magdalena, NM where he had many friends. In 2008 Quin would move to Casa Angelic…

Mary Louisa Silva Jojola passed away on Tuesday, May 12, 2020. She was born in Socorro, New Mexico on July 16, 1923 to Tiburcio and Isabel Tellez Silva. She enjoyed crocheting, spending time with family, and listening to music. She is preceded in death by her parents; Petronilio Jojola, Joaq…

Bob was a Navy veteran, a civil engineer who graduated from University of Southern California on the GI Bill, a husband, a father and a grandfather. He is preceded in death by his parents Judith and Thorwald Johnson, his sister Marian Rupp, his wife Ruth Johnson, his wife Helena Johnson and …

VALLEJOS- Seferina Vallejos 87, passed away on Friday May 29, 2020 in the comfort of her home in Socorro, NM, surrounded by her family. Sefie was born on July 11, 1932 to Patricio and Guadalupe (Madrid) Gallegos in Socorro, NM. She is preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Ramon P…

Jesse Salas “The Man, the Myth, the Legend,” 53 years of age, gained his wings on Thursday May 14th, 2020. Jesse was born in Socorro, NM on February 5, 1967 to Josie Lopez and Jose Eusebio Salas Turrietta. He was a well-known, local mechanic who had a passion for helping others and greatly c…

Charles Agustus Lerke gained his wings at 89 on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 in Socorro, New Mexico. He was born in Hot Springs, New Mexico on December 3, 1930. Charles was raised in Hot Springs before enlisting in 1950. As a corporal, he was called to active duty during the Korean War. In 1952 he …

ARMIJO-Lydio Ambrosio Armijo, 87, went home to his Lord on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 in Albuquerque, NM. He was born January 28, 1933 to Hipolito and Veronica (Gonzales) Armijo in Socorro, NM. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Beatrice (Trujillo) Armijo. Lydio retired from the Navy…

ARMIJO-Lydio Ambrosio Armijo, 87, went home to his Lord on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 in Albuquerque, NM. He was born January 28, 1933 to Hipolito and Veronica (Gonzales) Armijo in Socorro, NM. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Beatrice (Trujillo) Armijo. Lydio retired from the Navy…

Bernadette Ary-Bruton was a loving mother, wife and friend of Datil, NM passed away on May 3rd 2020. She will be greatly missed by many. She is survived by her husband Wilson Bruton and her four children Amanda Spurgeon, Lance Sanchez, Lexus McCleery & Angelica McCleery, four grandchildr…

Raymond (Monchy) Hidalgo, 66, born on January 20, 1954. He was a lifelong resident of Polvadera, New Mexico. He left our world on Friday April 24, 2020. Monchy was preceded in death by his son, Pablo. He is survived by his wife, Alicia Hidalgo of 43 years, his son Jesus Hidalgo, his son Jaim…

The Coulloudon family would like to apologize to the family and friends of Suzanne Coulloudon Farris regarding the obituary published by the El Defensor Chieftain on 4/16/20. It was not submitted or authorized by the Coulloudon family and regrettably, it contained inaccurate information and …

Melba Jo Callan, 84, a longtime resident of Socorro, passed away on March 25th, 2020 in Las Cruces, NM. Melba is survived by her five children Cindy Kemper, Lisa Callan, Thea Willey (Mark), Everett Callan III (Linda) and Amy Smythe (Michael). She also leaves behind grandchildren Keri Kemper,…

The Coulloudon family would like to apologize to the family and friends of Suzanne Coulloudon Farris regarding the obituary published by the El Defensor Chieftain on 4/16/20. It was not submitted or authorized by the Coulloudon family and regrettably, it contained inaccurate information and …

Danielle E. Haley, age 57, passed away on April 26, 2020 in her hometown of Socorro, NM. Danielle was born March 11, 1963 to Jean and Lala Fraissinet. She was a 1981 graduate of Socorro High School. Danielle found her true passion and calling while working with the disabled population, first…

Lena Mae Masterson, age 92, went to her Heavenly home on April 14th 2020 at 5:45am. She was born in Utopia Texas on February 13th 1928. Lena graduated high school in Magdalena New Mexico and after college moved to Socorro to raise her two children. Lena loved to make jerky, bake her banana n…

Reynaldo Leyba (Reyno) Baca, a resident of Cortez, CO, died on February 25, 2020 after a lengthy illness. Previously he lived in Durango, CO. He spent his childhood on the family ranch at Mangas, Catron County, NM. He tried his hand at farming and ranching.

TARA KEITH LADNER McDOWELL, age 50, passed away on Thursday, February 27th, 2020 at Ft. Sanders RMC in Knoxville, Tn.  She was born in San Antonio, Texas to the late John V. and Thais Ann Ladner on April 11th, 1969.  She was preceded in death by her brother Troy, D. “Biz” Ladner. Tara attend…

Suzanne Colloudon Torres 72 of Socorro, New Mexico passed away March 20, 2020 in Mobile, Alabama. Suzanne was born to Florabella Shellenberger Hertz and Paul Hertz on January 29th 1948. Suzanne mother Florabell later meet and married Alfred (Al) Colloudon while working at a movie theater in …

Romaine J. Ausman, age 87, died peacefully during Holy Week at The Haven in Camp Verde, Arizona on Wednesday April 8, 2020 from breast cancer. She was born in Blackland, Macon County, Illinois on August 14, 1932. She graduated from Macon High School and received her bachelor’s degree in Home…

On Wednesday January 29, 2020, our beloved, father, husband, grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend, Richard Michael Montoya, entered eternal life to be with his Heavenly Father at The University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M., surrounded by his family.