Deaths and funerals


Anthony “Big A” Aragon

Anthony “Big A” Aragon, born Feb. 3, 1960, passed away on Sept. 18.
Anthony was the president of Belen Little League, which played a very important part of his daily life. He knew all there was to know about Little League and played himself most of his life. He brought Belen Little League and Vivian Fields back to life.
In the short time he was with Little League, he was able to accomplish many things by bringing up the number of registered players, bringing tournaments into our community and even got Little League involved in community functions. He took special interest in girls softball and made sure they knew that they were an important part of Little League.
Anthony is survived by his father, Walter Aragon Jr.; four children Patricia, Jennifer, Walter and Jeremy; eight grandchildren Melina, Jordon, Madison, Ethan, Elliott, Walter, Anaisa and Ariana; two sisters, Angela Morris and her husband, Jason, Annette Hoyer and her husband, Billy; niece, Brianna; and nephews, Ian and Logan. He was also survived by his two very special friends, Nancy Gonzales-Martinez and Frederico Peralta; many aunts, uncles and cousins, along with all the players, coaches and assistant coaches of Belen Little League.
Memorial services were held Sept. 23 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Albuquerque, along with burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Cremation was handled by Direct Funeral and Cremation Services, 4th Street, Albuquerque.

Antonio Baca

Antonio Baca, age 60, a resident of Belen, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 27.
Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Nora (Carrillo) Baca
Died 2011

Nora (Carrillo) Baca, 84, of Albuquerque, with her family at her side, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Oct. 24.
She was born in Jarales, and was the eldest child of the late Antonio and Lutgarda Carrillo.
Preceding her in death was her loving husband of 60 years, Abraham Baca Sr.; son, Abie Jr.; sister, Dolores C. Sais; and brother, Pat E. Carrillo.
Surviving her are her sons, Elue (Sonny) Baca and his wife, Janet, Robert and his wife, Carol; granddaughters, Jennifer and her husband, Spencer, Julie and her husband, Justin, Tina and her husband, Tommy, and Jonan and her husband, Steven; two great-grandchildren, Kayleigh and Kason, with Jaxon (Elue) on the way. All reside in the Dallas, Texas, area.
Nora’s surviving siblings include Serafico Carrillo and his wife, Eva, of Albuqueruque, Regino Carrillo and his wife, Ruth, of Barstow, Calif., Marcella Chavira, Georgia Gonzales and her husband, Joe, of Belen, Alberto Carrillo of Jarales; sister-in-law, Annie Carrillo; brother-in-law, Fermin Baca and his wife, Lena, of Bernalillo, Alice Baca of Albuquerque, Adam Baca and his wife, Vera, of Bosque Farms, Godson, James Baca of Carson City, Nev., and numerous cousins, nephews, nieces special friends and neighbors.
Nora worked for the federal government in Herlong and Sacramento, Calif., for more than 30 years before retiring in 1982. She and her husband, Abe, then moved to Albuquerque.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Covenant United Methodist Church, 8510 Wyoming Blvd. NE, in Albuquerque.

Laura Morrison Farris

Laura Morrison Farris, age 52, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 25.
The pain and suffering are over, but we are left with the beautiful memories of you and the love that you shared with each and every one of us. You touched the hearts of everyone who came in contact with you. We love and miss you so much.
In lieu of services, please contribute to El Ranchito de Los Ninos, Inc., P.O. Box 2400, Los Lunas, N.M., 87031.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., where an online guest register is available at

Michael Paul McFadden

Michael McFadden, age 58, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, Oct. 22, after a long illness.
He is survived by his wife, Katherine, two sons, two daughters-in-law, four grandbabies and many animal friends.
A memorial celebration open to all friends and family will be held in December.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., where an online guest register is available at

Leon Sanchez

Leon Sanchez, age 84, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, passed away peacefully to the Lord in his Belen home on Tuesday, Oct. 25, surrounded by his wife and children.
Born on Oct. 28, 1926, Leon served his country honorably in the U.S. Army in World War II. He wed Peggy Dimas shortly thereafter, and they were married for 62 years.
A manager of several grocery stores in Albuquerque, he retired in 1989 and spent the rest of his days tending to his ranch in Belen. He loved the outdoors and surrounded himself with his children, grandchildren and friends.  
Leon was preceded in death by his parents, Jose Ramon Sanchez and Rosalia Sanchez; his brothers, Pruden Sanchez and Fred Sanchez; and his sisters, Dora Bustamante, Fela Culp and Tillie Sanchez.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy Sanchez; his brother, Milton Sanchez; his children, Rosalie and her husband, Paul Sanchez, Fred and his wife, Rosella Sanchez, Patricio and his wife, Theresa Sanchez, and Annette and her husband, Rudy Keith; his nephew, Jimmy Culp; his grandchildren, Isaac Sanchez, Mindy Sanchez, Juan Sanchez, Raquel and her husband, Shane Parkes, David and her husband, Pierre Buchholz-Sanchez, Andrea Sanchez and her partner, Casey Dupuy, Christopher Sanchez and his partner, Kate Murphy, Osiris Keith, and Niles Keith.
All services will be held on Monday, Oct. 31, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church beginning with a viewing at 9 a.m., followed by a Rosary at 9:30 a.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., with burial at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m.
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

Fermin Ulibarri

Fermin Ulibarri, age 69, a resident of Las Nutrias, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 22, after a year long battle with cancer.
He retired from Albuquerque Public Schools Heating and Cooling Maintenance after many years of outstanding service.
Fermin enjoyed hunting and spending time in the outdoors. He loved watching his grandchildren play sports for the Belen Eagles and cheered them on until days before his death.
Fermin was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan (with the exception of Tony Romo).
He loved watching classic westerns and rarely missed watching his novellas.
Fermin enjoyed the company of his friends and they had a special place in his life.
He took great pride in each and every one of his grandchildren. They were all special in a different way.
He affectionately called them his “doodes” and “doodas.” Fermin was a one-of-a-kind “Tata,” and his passing will leave a void in their lives.
Our dad was steadfast in his battle. He was brave until he took his last breath. Throughout the fight with cancer there were many disappointments and he never gave up. Our dad protected his family’s feelings and assured us he was fine until the end.
Thank you Pops for being our hero.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Melecio and Erenia Ulibarri; sister, Clorinda Hollingsworth; brother, Isidro Ulibarri; mother- and father-in-law, Ricardo and Blacita Romero; nephew, Brian Hollingsworth; and two brothers-in-law, Ruben Mendoza and Alferes Griego.
Fermin is survived by his wife, Elfa Romero Ulibarri; loving children, Annette Saiz and her husband, Andy, Martha Ulibarri, Kevin Ulibarri and his wife, Jermaine, and Amanda Louise Espinoza and her husband, Felix; grandchildren, Andrea Ortiz and her husband, Alex, Andres and Hannah Saiz, Jesse Baca, Carlos and Diego Espinoza and Kylie and Emilio Ulibarri; great-grandchildren, Andie, Alejandro, Olivia and Allie Ortiz; siblings, Emma Griego, Mela Mendoza, Robert and Perfie Ulibarri, Bernie and Leo Cordova, Manuel Ulibarri and Mary and Leo Chavez; and in-laws, Ruben and Angie Chavez, Delfin and Laura Chavez and Henry and Rosalyn Romero. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
All services, including a viewing, Rosary and Funeral Mass were held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. Interment followed at the Las Nutrias Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Andres Saiz, Jesse Baca, Emilio Ulibarri, Carlos Espinoza, Robert Chavez, Robbie Ulibarri, Diego Espinoza, James Lucero and Alex Ortiz. Honorary pallbearers were Andrea Ortiz, Hannah Saiz, Kylie Ulibarri, John Chavez and Eric Lucero.
Sign Fermin’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.