Deaths and funerals
Alfredo Bustemante1915-2011Alfredo Bustemante, age 95, a resident of Belen, passed away on Nov. 28.Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.Vicente Leonardo Chavez1934-2011Vicente Leonardo Chavez, age 77, left this earthly life on Tuesday, Nov. 22, after a 15-week fight with cancer at home in Rodey, N.M., with his wife and daughters at his side. Born in Veguita on May 4, 1934, to Vicente S. and Dulcinea Chavez, he is survived by his wife, Mary Lou; daughters, Vicki Sheehan, Marji Winder and Lori Wheatley; three sons-in-law, eight grandchildren, four sisters and two brothers. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Hatch. Interment will be in Mountain Green, Utah. Vince grew up in Los Angeles, Calif., with a brief year spent in the Belen schools. He served in the U.S. Army 140th Division during the Korean War. Before becoming a Los Angeles fireman, he repaired TVs; and while a fireman, he installed TV antenna systems on his days off. After 20 years, he retired and moved his family to Casa Colorado in 1981, where he built a home, started golfing, planted an Asian pear orchard and began work restoring the Belen Harvey House to its original beauty. He was very talented in many ways, handyman, wood carver, activist and orchardist, selling his produce at the Belen Farmers Market. He volunteered at the Belen Chamber of Commerce, helping with events during the years 1992-2001.He moved to Las Cruces in 2004, then Rodey and the old church compound so he could do restoration work on the buildings. He has touched every part of the church, home and grounds during the last four years. It was a labor of love. He will be greatly missed by many and remembered for his friendship and compassion for others.Leonard Douglas “Doug” Horne1949-2011Leonard Douglas “Doug” Horne, 62, of Los Lunas, passed away Nov. 10, at the University of New Mexico Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit from complications following a stroke. Doug was born on May 6, 1949, in Albuquerque, the son of the late Courtney Horne and Lola Skotchdopole, being lovingly raised by his stepfather, the late Henry Skotchdopole. Following graduation from Highland High School in 1967, where he was a “headhunter” playing defensive tackle on the Hornet’s football team, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served as a radio operator on the USS Ernest G. Small during the Vietnam War. Doug was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy on Dec. 5, 1973, after earning the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. Following the Vietnam War, Doug returned to Albuquerque, where he was blessed with a daughter from his first marriage, Emily Horne. In 1989, Doug married Linda Blakely and became the loving father of Rob Starkey.In 1976, he became a real estate salesman, eventually working with his mother at Los Lunas Realty. He took over Los Lunas Realty in 2006, and continued working there alongside Mike Little until his death. Doug was known to others as the “gentle giant,” never met a stranger and always had a smile and a hug for those whom he loved. Family get-togethers were never complete until Doug arrived with his bear hugs and overwhelming warmth. While an avid downhill skier, Doug’s lifelong passion was fishing. He was particularly fond of fishing on Heron Lake in Chama, and spent as much time as he could, fishing in Chama. All of his siblings, credit Doug with teaching them how to fish. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Henry Skotchdopole, who passed away on Aug. 5, 2009; his mother, Lola Skotchdopole, who passed away on Jan. 16, 2005; and his first cousin, Bruce Balfour, who passed away on Aug. 29, 2001. Doug is survived by his wife, Linda, of Los Lunas; one daughter, Emily, and partner, Rey Ortiz, of Los Lunas; a son, Rob Starkey and his wife, Kara, of San Jose, Calif.; five siblings, including Arlene Horne, and her partner, Carlton Cann, of Douglasville, Ga.; Gayla Thomason of Los Lunas, Tom Horne and his wife, Linda, of Austin, Texas, Mark Skotchdopole and his wife, Dilenda, of Los Lunas, and Paul Skotchdopole and his wife, Yolanda, of Las Vegas, N.M.; three grandchildren, including Margaret Horne of Los Lunas, Jack Stone Ortiz of Los Lunas, and Anna Starkey, of San Jose, Calif.; his beloved aunt, Lillian Balfour; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and four special miniature dachshunds. A memorial service was held at the First Baptist Church of Los Chavez in Los Chavez, on Nov. 13, officiated by the Rev. Boyd Morerod, and included Doug’s favorite songs performed by his brother, Tom, and his friend, Fred Mollerud. A memorial donation fund in Doug’s honor has been established by the family for treatment costs incurred by Doug’s brother, Mark, for ALS and can be accessed through www.marksmarch.com, or by direct donation to Dilenda Scott, 6 Peach Blossom, Los Lunas, N.M., 87031.Sign Doug’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.Ann Ruth Leathem1978-2011Ann Ruth Leathem, age 33, a resident of Los Chavez, went to be with our Lord on Friday, Nov. 25. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dan and Ruth Ann Wright Frazier. Ann is survived by her loving husband of 10 years, Ronnie “Skimmer” P. Leathem Jr.; and brothers, Jeff Frazier, Joe Frazier and Larry Tyler. She is also survived by many loving family and friends. A visitation will be held at the First Baptist Church of Los Chavez at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3, with a funeral service to be held at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be held at a later date. Sign Ann’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.Erlinda Garley Moya1911-2011Erlinda Garley Moya, age 100, a woman who had been bold, vigorous, sharp as a tack, not afraid to stand up for her faith, her beliefs or her family, physically strong in her mind, a devoted daughter, sister, most caring mother, aunt, godmother, friend, was called “home” on Nov. 27 — “al fin” (finally) as she would have said. Erlinda was the second child and daughter born to Enrique (Henry) Garley and Leocadia (Martinez) Garley in Peralta on Oct. 25, 1911, before New Mexico became a state. In addition to her older sister, she was followed by 10 brothers and one sister. She was very proud of the Garley name and family. Before the family moved to Belen in 1921, she attended elementary school in Peralta, and later attended elementary and high school in Belen. In February 1930, she married Castulo Chavez Moya. Castulo died in 1986 after 56 years of marriage. They had six children, Castulo Jr., Arthur, Ramoncita, George, Guadalupe and Martin. She was also preceded in death by her parents, sister, Amada Sanchez; brothers, Henry, Eloy, Johnny, Joe Salo, Ross and Silverio (Max); three children, Ramoncita, George and Arthur, along with other loved ones. She kept these members of her family always in her heart. She is survived by her children, Castulo (Cass) Jr. (Anita), of Caballo, N.M., Guadalupe (Gil) Duncan, Martin Moya, daughter-in-law, Vangie Moya, all of Bosque Farms, and Erlinda Moya of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Rose Mary (Pablo) Villafuerte and Larry of Las Vegas, Nev., Mary (James) Oliver and Mack of Caballo, N.M., Thursday (Paul) Malec of Colorado Springs, Colo., Artie, Cathy, Bernadette (Martin) of Albuquerque, Yvonne (Gino) Storey of Los Lunas, George (Brandy) Moya of Bosque Farms, Angela, Consuelo of Albuquerque, Annamarie (Roger) Schuering of Houston, Texas, Manny Perea of Bosque Farms, Michael (Anna Marie) Perea of Albuquerque, Caroline (Jim) Wood of Crestview, Fla., Chris Duncan of Las Cruces, Jennifer Duncan of Honolulu, Hawaii, Andrew (Michelle) of Elkhart, Ind., Phillip, Patrick, Amber, Andrea Moya and Laura Moya, all of Bosque Farms. She had 23 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Mary Jo Moya of Belen; brothers, Bobby Garley of Belen, Stanley and Joe Garley of Albuquerque, and Clifford (Criselda) Garley of Los Lunas; sister-in-law, Dolores Garley of Belen, and Merryl Garley; along with many nephews, nieces, relatives, close friends and caregivers who became members of the family, Sharon Barraza, Marie Blea, Leticia Calderon, Mary Mascarena and Ramona Chacon.Mom was an avid gardener, loved her chile; made jelly and jams, canned fruit, crocheted, made blankets for her family, baked biscochitos, pastelitos and empanaditas, and tried every way not to waste any food. She worked as a foster grandmother at the Los Lunas Training School and the Los Lunas Schools from age 75 until age 90. She drove her “brown jet” until 2001. She was an active member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Peralta, a member of the Altar Society, the Legion of Mary and the Monday Blue Army Rosary Group. She will be missed so much, but we know she is with many of our loved ones and will continue to watch over us.Erlinda had a beautiful 100th birthday that was celebrated on Oct. 22. She had lots of relatives and friends share her day. The village of Bosque Farms proclaimed Oct. 25, 2011, as “Erlinda Moya Day.” She also received greetings from the White House and the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.Services will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Peralta. A viewing will be held at 6 p.m., and a Rosary will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30. A final viewing will be held at 9 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, and a Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Burial will be at a later date.The family requests no flowers, but requests Masses for Erlinda at the parish of your choice, or you may call Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Peralta at 869-2189.Sign Erlinda’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.Kristen Lynn Munoz1984-2011Kristen Lynn Munoz, age 27, a longtime resident of Los Lunas, and a 2002 graduate of Los Lunas High School and current University of New Mexico student, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 27, at the University of New Mexico Hospital from complications during childbirth. Kristen will be remembered as a compassionate, caring person, who was taken away from her loved ones too soon. Although her time here with us was short, Kristen made a huge impact on everyone she came to know and love. Kristen, who was anxiously awaiting the arrival of her son, will continue to live on in the life of the beautiful baby boy she left behind. Kristen is survived by her significant other, Nicholas Pawletzki; son, Raiden Isaiah; father, Efren Munoz Jr.; mother, Nancy Montano; siblings, Lorenzo Montano and wife, Vickie, Lydia Munoz, Daniel Montano and wife, Darci, Renee Wagner and husband, Daniel, Nikki Montano, Jessica Munoz, Erica Sinclair; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. All services will be held at the San Clemente Catholic Church in Los Lunas, beginning with a viewing at 9 a.m., Friday, Dec. 2, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow at the San Clemente Catholic Cemetery. Sign Kristen’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.Jeova Baldonado Saenz1922-2011Jeova Baldonado Saenz, age 89, a resident of Los Angeles, Calif., passed away on Sunday, Nov. 20. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas Saenz, in 1997. Jeova is survived by her son, Ricardo Saenz; daughter, Anna Maria Saenz; siblings, Carmen Romero and husband, Wilson, Reynaldo Baldonado and wife, Josiephena, Audela Baldonado and Lily Holguen. A visitation will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1, with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. A final vitiation will be held at the Cristo Rey Catholic Church in Bosque at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at the Cristo Rey Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Phillip Zambrano, John Zambrano, Louis Romero, Edwin Romero, Armando Chavez and Oscar Melendez. Sign Jeova’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.Kay Killough Smith1942-2011Barbra Kay Killough Smith “Kay,” 69, a longtime resident of Tomé, born in Abilene, Texas, went peacefully to be with her departed loved ones and our Lord on Thursday, Nov. 24. She had a full life of people who loved her dearly. She was a retired line assigner for Qwest after serving them for 35 years. She spent the last 14 years devoted to her daughter, Kristin Chavez, and son-in-law, Jarrod, and her four beautiful grandchildren. She attended many events with the grandchildren cheering them on like she was their biggest fan! She truly enjoyed spending countless hours with her friends and family. The holidays were especially special to her. She would do anything that was asked of her to help others, putting them first. She is preceded in death by her parents, Cora Bell and Ferd Tom Killough; five brothers, three sisters, and stepson, Jeffery Martin Smith. She is survived by her ex-husband, John A. Smith, who, to this day, was a best friend; daughter, Kristin Chavez and husband, Jarrod; four grandchildren, Cerisa, Brendon, Devin and Aidan Chavez; two sisters, Mary Ola Harless and husband, James Weldon, and Freda Joe Bishop; one brother, Fred Poe Killough; her lifelong best friend “sister,” Ann Glover; nephew, Ron Killough and wife, Sharon; four stepchildren, Gene A. Smith, James Lee Smith and wife, Valarie, Jeremy T. Smith, Sandy Smith and Rita Smith; five grandchildren, Rebecca, Erik, David, Jessie Gorlinsky and Katie Kephart; and six great-grandchildren.There are many people she was extremely close to that will also miss her dearly. She was born and raised in Abilene, Texas, where she still considered home. To her grandchildren and most of the children she met, she was known as “Mimi.” There are no words to describe how important, and irreplaceable this amazing woman was to so many people. She will be dearly missed. There is no one who will ever take her place. “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I die before I wake, I pray the Lord, my soul to take.” We will love you, love you, love you … always.A time to celebrate Kay’s life will be held at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2. Family will receive friends beginning at 12 p.m.Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at Noblin Funeral Service, 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.