Deaths and funerals


David Garcia

David Garcia, age 87, a resident of Belen, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 16.
He was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. David had an electrical business, Hub City Electrical, and retired from the Santa Fe Railroad as an electrician, and was also a veteran of the United States Army. 
David served in Germany, where he was wounded in action and received a Purple Heart in 1945 during the Battle of the Bulge. 
He was a 1943 graduate of Belen High School, and attended college in Chicago, where he received his degree in electrical electronics and refrigeration.  
David was preceded in death by his parents, Ignacio and Daloritas Garcia; his sisters, Clatilde, Sister Bernadina, Sister Eloysa; brothers, Andres, Juan, Martin and Joe and all their spouses. 
David is survived by his wife of 55 years, Frances Garcia; children, Yvonne Sanchez, Veronica Arnoff and her husband, David, David Garcia and his wife, Carmel, Andy Garcia and his wife, Robin, Lorena Rosley and her husband, Rich, and Thomas Garcia and his wife, Yvette; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister-in-law; brother-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The services were held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Thursday, Aug. 18. Interment will be held at 9:45 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 22, at Santa Fe National Cemetery. 
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society at, or by calling 1-800-227-2345. 
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.

Lorraine Gonzales

Lorraine Gonzales, age 52, a resident of Belen passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 17.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Froilan and Virginia Gonzales; and son, Michael Gonzales.
Lorraine is survived by her son, Toby Montoya; and grandson, Isaiah; brother, Robert Gonzales and his wife, Avalon; brother, Alfred Gonzales and his wife, Roberta; sister, Cindy Sanchez and her husband, Alex.
Call Noblin Funeral Service, 864-4448, for arrangements.

Thomas N. Lewis

Thomas “Tommy” N. Lewis, born March 28, 1932, in Belen, went to heaven on July 23 at his home, surrounded by his family.
Tom married his childhood sweetheart, Anita. He was a Navy veteran of the Korean War, and worked for Standard Oil for 30 years. He moved to Carpinteria in 1959, and served the city of Carpinteria for 17 years, four years on the planning commission and 13 on the city council, with six years as mayor. He never missed a meeting.
He also served on the board of the Carpinteria Valley Museum of History for 21 years. He was commander of the American Legion and a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He coached Little League baseball, loved golf, animals, archeology, history and his family. He was an incredible husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.
Tom is survived by Anita, his wife of 59 years; daughters, Janis Lewis Bitney and Dorene Custer (Bill); grandchildren, Michele Thompson (Scott and Tricia), Joseph Custer, Philip Custer, Brendan Bitney and Lewis Bitney; great-grandson, Jacob Thompson; stepmother Susanna Lewis of Texas; brothers, Philip Lewis (Luanna) of Valencia; Steve Hunter-Siegert (Carmin) of Colorado; Larry Lewis (Becky) of Texas; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
Tom was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Hunter; father, Barton Lewis; and son, Tom D. Lewis.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Search Dog, 501 Ojai Ave., Ojai, Calif., 93023, or Visiting Nurse and Hospice, 222 East Canon Perdido St., Santa Barbara, Calif., 93101.
A graveside service took place on Thursday, July 28, at the Carpinteria Cemetery.
Arrangements by Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels, Santa Barbara, Calif., 805-965-5145.

Sophia L. Lujan

Sophia L. Lujan, a resident of Albuquerque, went home to meet her Lord peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, Aug.17.
Sophie was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Sophie was born Aug. 3, 1929, in Arboles, Colo. She moved to Fountain, Colo., in 1937 where she grew into an accomplished pianist and honor student, graduating valedictorian of the class of 1947.  
She attended Colorado State College of Education in Greeley aspiring to a degree in education. On Sept. 25, 1948, she married David Lujan and moved to Albuquerque, where she started her family.
In 1958, the family relocated to Belen, the place they still call home. Those who spent any time with her were blessed to hear her tickling the ivories. She entertained guests, played in churches, school and mission events statewide.
Besides her musical gifts, Sophie was also talented at quilt making, leather work and crochet. She loved making things to give to others. Family, local and international missions and the N.M. Boys Ranch kids were recipients of her works of love. She also enjoyed teaching and working with children of all ages.
She was preceded in death by her father, Rudolfo; mother, Carmelita; sisters, Mag and Mary; and brother, Rudy.
Sophia is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, David E. Lujan; three children, Nick and his wife, Christel, Liz and Jim and his wife, Mary; three grandchildren, Davey, Jenn and her husband, Seth, and Jared; great-grandson, Aiden; brother, Max “Ernie”; and sister, Dora.
All services will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel in Belen beginning with a viewing at 10 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 22. A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Boyd Morerod officiating. Interment will follow at Terrace Grove Cemetery.
Sign Sophia’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.