Deaths and funerals (1/4/12)


Josie Baca
Josie Baca, age 68, a resident of Belen, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Alice Durkee
Alice Durkee, age 75, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away and went to rest in the arms of our Lord, surrounded by all those who loved her deeply, on Saturday, Dec. 31.
She was born on March 29, 1936, in Bernal, N.M. She was a loving, kind, gentle and forgiving person. Deeply touching our lives, she always wanted to feed everyone and bring comfort to those in need.
Alice was preceded in death by parents, Juan Bautista Griego and Celina Tapia Griego; sisters, Bernadette Griego and Senida Griego Villalobos; brothers, Jose Leandro Griego and Teodoro Griego
Alice is survived by her husband, Donald Durkee Sr.; sons, Don Durkee Jr., Tommy Jeff Griego, Mark Durkee and wife, Sally, Anthony David Griego, Aleacia and Jesse; daughters, Robin Wise and husband, Jason, and Lisa Chapek and husband, Doug; grandchildren, Brandon Moreno, Juanita Vaughn and husband, John, Brenda Gallegos, Alonzo Griego, Samantha Griego, Josephine Alicia Griego; and one great-grandchild, Lotus Blossom Vaughn.
Alice is also survived by sisters, Lucaria and husband, Manuel Romero, Corina Chavez, Joan Lopez and husband, James, Ruby Graeber and husband, Daniel, and Cindy Griego; brothers, John C. Griego, Julian Baca y Griego and wife, Camilla, Samuel Griego and Manuel Griego and wife, Lynn; and sisters-in-law, Bernice Griego, and Mary Faye Griego and brother-in-law, Richard Villalobos.
Services will be at San Isidro Catholic Church in Las Nutrias starting with a viewing at 6 p.m., followed by a Rosary at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 5. A final viewing will be held at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 6, followed by the Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Interment will be in the Las Nutrias Cemetery.
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

Richard H. “Polly” Marmon
Richard H. “Polly” Marmon, a resident of Los Chavez since 1984, was born in Albuquerque May 15, 1924, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 22. He was raised in Laguna by his parents Henry C. and Lilly Ann.
He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Betty Jo; children, Polly Ann Canive and husband, Jose, Richard H. Marmon II and wife, Linda, James R. Marmon and Marguerite Sweeney and husband, Edward; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Lee Marmon of Laguna, and Kenneth Marmon of Mesa, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary, the mother of his children in 1973; and his second wife, Shirley, in 1998.
After he graduated from high school in 1942, he attended tech schools in New Mexico and Texas and completed his training at Philco Airborne Radio School in Philadelphia, Pa., under the U.S. Signal Corps Reserve in 1943.
Dick was called into service in 1943. He served in the U.S. Air Force 390th Bomb Groups, Squadron 570th, at Station 153 Parham, England. Flying over Germany, he was wounded on his 15th mission and returned to the United States in January 1945. Mr. Marmon was awarded the Air Medal with one oak leaf cluster and the Purple Heart.
After the war, Dick attended the University in Albuquerque and worked for Sandia National Labs, retiring after 32 years in 1980. After traveling to many parts of the world, including seeing the Great Wall of China with Shirley, they settled down in Los Chavez and did volunteer work for the Talking Book Library for the Blind and Handicapped for 22 years by repairing the tape machines and head sets.
He was a life member of the Eighth Air Force Historical Society in Pooler, Ga., a life member of the 390th Foundation of the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Ariz., and a life member of the New Mexico Chapter of the 8th Air Force in Albuquerque.
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 6, at French – University Chapel. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Animal Humane Association of New Mexico, 615 Virginia St. SE, Albuquerque, N.M., 87108.
Please visit our online guestbook for Dick at French, 1111 University Blvd. NE, 843-6333.

Robert J. Rounsville
Robert J. Rounsville, age 89, a resident of Bosque Farms, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 31.
He was a hard worker and proudly served his country in the United States Navy during WWII.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Forest and Marie Cunningham Rounsville; and brothers, Bill and Jim Rounsville. Robert is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Ruth Quarles Rounsville; and sons, Robert, Ronald and Bruce Bowman.
No services are scheduled at this time.
Sign Robert’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Herman Chavez Trujillo
Herman Chavez Trujillo, age 84, a resident of Bosque, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 29.
He was a responsible and hardworking man and farmer. He loved his family and his animals. His family has lived in New Mexico since the 1800s. He was born in Casa Colorada in 1927.
In 1951, he married his wife, Drucilla Peralta. They moved to Barstow, Calif., where he worked for the civil service. After retiring in 1972, he brought his family to Bosque, where he and Drucilla built their loving and warm home.
Herman Chavez Trujillo is the son of Luisa and Juan Trujillo. He has eight brothers: Espirion, Enrique, Florenio, Nestor, Jose, Jesus, Adan, with one surviving brother, Willie Trujillo.
He is survived by his dedicated and loving wife, Drucilla Peralta, of La Joya. Together they had seven children: Rachel Trujillo (deceased) and survived by Leroy (wife, Norma) Trujillo, Gilbert (wife, Nellie) Trujillo, Barbara (husband, Anthony) Trujillo, Lorraine Trujillo-Barela (husband, Earl) Sharon Trujillo-Lalla (husband, Michael) and Debbie Trujillo. Herman has 14 grandchildren: Rachel Trujillo, Katrina Trujillo, Jason Trujillo, Tanya Trujillo, Jonathan Trujillo, Luisa Trujillo, Anthony Trujillo Jr., Cynthia Barela-Chavez, James Barela, Janet Barela-Law, Abran Barela, Christal Lalla, Levi Lalla and Amber Lalla.  He has 16 great-grandchildren with one more on the way.
Herman has gone to see our Heavenly Father and shall be the guiding light for his family and friends. Dios que te bendigas. We love you. Pray for and watch over us. Your family.
All services were held at the Cristo Ray Catholic Church on Monday, Jan. 2. Interment followed at the Casa Colorada Cemetery.
Sign Herman’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.