Many notable people left legacies in county

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This story tells a little about some of the notable people who lived in Valencia County and passed away during 2011.
If your loved one isn’t listed, that is because his or her obituary didn’t provide enough details to tell the story.
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January
Johnny Gibbs, of Los Lunas, who worked for Southwest Airlines for 13 years before retiring in 2009, died on Jan. 8.
•Teofilo “Teo” Baca, of Tomé, who was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomé, served two years in the U.S. Army, and worked at Kirtland Air Force Base for 33 years, died on Jan. 10.
Maria Louisa Pilar (Griego) Lovato, of Peralta, who was the 10th of 15 children born in her family, who was the salutatorian of the 1933 Los Lunas graduating class, and who worked for the Department of Agriculture for 25 years, died on Jan. 13.
Tomas Hernandez, of Los Lunas, who loved to play his guitar, sing, listen to music, cook for his family, and who had 10 children, 59 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren, died on Jan. 13.
Lucy P. Tubbs, of Peralta, who was a registrar for more that 25 years in Albuquerque Public Schools, died on Jan. 14.
•Rennald “Randy” C. Schmidt, of Los Lunas, who volunteered for military service with the U.S. Army in 1957, and with the U.S. Navel Reserve-Aviation, and who worked 35 years in the aerospace and commercial industries, died on Jan. 17.
Piadad “Pia” T. Bernal, of Belen, who worked as a foster grandparent in Belen for many years, died on Jan. 19.
Judith Ann “Judy” Storey, of Belen, who was employed at Nancy’s Restaurant in Belen for many years, and retired last year from the Rio Grande Diner, died on Jan. 21.
George J. Chavez, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, and who enjoyed carpentry and raising animals and exotic birds, died on Jan. 27
Wanda Rae (Wells) Gipson, of Bosque Farms, who was a department head at Kistler-Collister and “the bedding plant lady” at Roland’s Nursery, died on Jan. 28.
Grace Nicholas, of Belen, who was a long-standing member of the First Baptist Church of Belen and ran the Belen Bottle Service from 1982 to 2004, died on Jan. 28.
Helen Matsu, a former longtime resident of Belen, who worked at Al’s Beauty Shop and Twinette Beauty Shop, and help to run Kotch’s Cafe with her husband, Kotch, died on Jan. 28.
James Harder, of Belen, who was a lifelong athlete, a building contractor and who raised thoroughbred horses for more than 40 years, died on Jan. 30.
•Joseph “Sato” Aragon, of Tomé, who was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, a lifelong VFW member and served his country in the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam, died on Jan. 30.
Barbara Samantha Cano, of Los Lunas, who was a 2007 graduate of Los Lunas High School and a pre-med student at the University of California San Diego, died on Jan. 30.
William Terrel, of Veguita, who worked for RMCI, Inc. as a crane operator, died on Jan. 31.

February
Anthony Ortega, of Los Trujillos, who worked for AT&F in the late 1960s through the 1970s, died on Feb. 2.
•Orlando V. Griego, of Peralta, who was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, and who served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1956, and as an iron worker from 1957-1982, died on Feb. 2.
Leslie Margaret Blumenshine, of Los Lunas, who ran a dairy farm and cattle business with her husband, Russell, enjoyed many years of bowling, and was active in the Pilot Club and New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau, died on Feb. 3.
Harry Glenn Knowlton, of Belen, who was a cowboy, horse trainer, builder and cabinet maker, died on Feb. 4.
Rosa Chavez Alderete, of Los Lunas, who received her bachelor’s degree in English, her master’s degree in psychology and her Ph.D. in psychology, died on Feb. 5.
•Elliot L. Mabe, of Meadow Lake, who retired from the U.S. Navy after 31 years of service and who was a volunteer firefighter at the Meadow Lake Fire Department, died on Feb. 5.
Mark G. Noblitt, of Los Lunas, who was a self-employed electrical contractor for many years with Glenn Electronic, died on Feb. 5.
•Bob Chalmers, of Belen, who was a member of Belen Bahá’í Community, a graduate of Stanford University, a Navy pilot, an engineer for Boeing, a missionary to Ecuador for his faith and a small-business owner, died on Feb. 6.
Luther Eden Davis, of Belen, who worked in the CWE Shop for the ATSF Railroad, died on Feb. 9.
•“J” Rex Kirkham, of Los Lunas, who graduated from Los Lunas High School, was a U.S. Army veteran, graduated from UNM with a B.S. in architecture, worked at Luther Construction and who owned Fidelity Title with his wife, Georgia, died on Feb. 9.
Margaret Ann “Peggy” Marsh, of Belen, who was an active member of the Belen RSVP, Jessamine Chapter No. 45 of the Order of the Eastern Star and a devoted member of the St. Phillips Episcopal Church, died on Feb. 13.
•James Arthur Vaughn, of Bosque Farms, who was responsible for overseeing many construction projects throughout the state, and was the first water superintendent in Bosque Farms and oversaw the laying of the initial water lines, and who was a member of the Bethlehem Masonic Lodge No. 56 and was the past Worthy Patron of Jessamine Chapter No. 45 Order of the Eastern Star, and was a U.S. Army veteran, died on Feb. 14.
Cipriana Baca Sanchez, of Adelino, who was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and St. Vincent de Paul Society in Tomé, died on Feb. 14.
•Kevin C. Begley, of Peralta, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps and in the National Guard, and retired from UNM-VC, died on Feb. 17.
Samuel Sanchez, of Valencia County, who worked construction in Valencia County, having built homes for all his children, died on Feb. 18.
•Macario Maxamillano Sanchez, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and retired from the Belen Schools as the transportation coordinator, died on Feb. 18.
Nora Marie Solorio, of Rio Communities, who was a member of Calvary Chapel Rio Grande Valley, and who worked at UNM hospital in endoscopy, died on Feb. 19.
•Gary E. Helper, of Los Lunas, who was vice president of the Shadow Riders Motorcycle Club and a member of NNMRO, COC and the U.S. Defenders, and who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1964 to 1970 and received the National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Conduct Medal and Good Conduct Medal, died on Feb. 20.
•Artie E. Howard, of Belen, who defended his country during WWII, offering his efforts in the Battle of the Bulge, the Siegfried Line and the liberation of the concentration camps of Germany, died on Feb. 20.
Robert Luera, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church and retired from PNM after 30 years of service, died on Feb. 22.
Lily Silva, of Belen, who was a member of St. Joseph’s and the Rio Grande Catholic Church, died on Feb. 22.
•William L. Place, of Los Lunas, who was a member of San Clemente Church in Los Lunas, attended UNM, served in the U.S. Navy for four years during the Korean War era and retired as police chief from the village of Los Lunas, died on Feb. 23.
•Ann F. Hancock, of Belen, who was a first lieutenant during WWII and who worked as a volunteer to Belen senior citizens, offering a free blood pressure screenings program, and served on the hospital board, died on Feb. 25.
•Vicente J. Martinez, of Los Lunas, who was a lifelong member of the San Clemente Catholic Church, served in WWII as a United States Army Air Corps staff sergeant and ballturret gunner aboard a B-17 Flying Fortress, flying 20 bombing missions before being shot down over Hungary and captured by enemy forces. He was a held as a prisoner of war at Stalag Luft IV. After the war, he attended Highlands University, where he earned a master’s degree in physical education. He taught and coached in Pecos, Tierra Amarilla, El Rito and Los Lunas schools for 36 years, and was inducted into the Northern Rio Grande Conference Hall of Fame. He died on Feb. 26.

March
Richard E. Baber, of Belen, who was a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoyed riding horses and leatherwork, died on March 3.
•Frank Hudgens, of Los Lunas, who was in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict and received an Honor Reward for Superior Service and an Honor Reward for Meritorious Service from the U.S. Department of the Interior and retired from the Bureau of Indian Affairs after 30 years of service, died on March 3.
Alvin Lee Owens, of Los Lunas, who was a truck driver and owner and operator of Owens Trucking until he retired, died on March 5.
•John Andres Montoya, a native of Tomé, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and as a police officer in Fullerton, Calif., and was the first Latino police officer for the city of Fullerton, died on March 7.
Joseph Rizzo, of Rio Communities, who, as a nuclear physicist, researched projects including thermo nuclear and laser fusion, was a member of the Zia 356 Porsche Club, was as docent at Belen Harvey House Museum, and was instrumental in bringing the Doodlebug from California to Belen for restoration, died on March 7.
•George Michael Pellegrino, of Rio Communities, who served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was a realtor in Valencia County, died on March 7.
•James R. Hilliard, of Los Lunas, who was a member of the armed services and was a service driver for American Transportation, died on March 10.
Millard E. “Tugan” Bussey, of Belen, who retired from the AT&SF Railroad, and was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Shrine and the York Lodge, died on March 12.
Joe E. Chavez, of Valencia County, who was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Valencia County Sheriff’s Posse, Knights of Columbus, Belen Elk’s and Loyal Order of the Moose, and was a proud member of the Tomé Land Grant, died on March 13.
•Don John Spiers, Lt. Col (USAF-Retired), who served in both the Army and Air Force through three wars and over 33 years, died on March 14.
•Charles E. Barham, of Belen, who was a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 2484, and the Swiftboat Sailors Association. Charles proudly served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War, died on March 16.
•Jose S. Chavez, of Los Lunas, who was a survivor of the Bataan Death March in the Philippines during WWII while serving in the 200th Coastal Artillary and 515th Anti-Aircraft Battalion, and retired from the U.S. Post Office, died on March 17.
Maria Anunsacion Marquez, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, and who was elected Valentine’s Day Queen at the Belen Senior Citizens Center, died on March 20.
•Michael P. Kelley, of Los Lunas, who served in the 5th United States Army, 24th infantry as a helicopter crewman, and served two tours of duty in the Vietnam War, and who owned the “Watering Hole” in Belen, died on March 20.
•Charles R. Peeples, of Los Lunas, who proudly served our country in the United States Navy, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Los Chavez, New Mexico Four Wheelers Club, New Mexico Bass Fishing Club, the Branch Coffee Club and numerous charities, died on March 21.
Gilbert L. Aragon, of Belen, who was attending the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus, majoring in herpetology, died on March 25.
Lisa Jean Hammitt, of Los Lunas, who was attending the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus majoring in nursing, and who just started working at Belen Meadow’s, died on March 25.
Ronald Charles Frazier Sr., of Los Lunas, who had a successful racing career in the ‘80s, and later found happiness pitting on the race cars for the rest of his racing family, died on March 25.
•George Haskins Jr., of Los Chavez, who was an avid fisherman and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII, serving during the Normandy Invasion, died on March 25.
Bernie E. Cordova, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, and who retired from the Santa Fe Railroad after 13 years of service, and who worked at Avonite, died on March 26.
Margaret Alice Senteney, of Belen, who worked for Horizon Corp. for many years and Sud Chemie Performance Packaging, was a volunteer firefighter and the first secretary/treasurer for the Rio Grande Estates Fire Department, died on March 28.

April
John “Jack” S. Wood, of Los Lunas, who once owned a Studebaker dealership, was a farmer, served as a Valencia County Commissioner, was one of the two surviving charter members of the Lion’s Club in Belen, helped to form the Valencia County Sheriff’s Posse, and played a big part in the construction of the posse building in Belen, died on April 3.
Judy A. Martin, of Belen, who was a member of the Women of the Moose No. 1648 and the American Legion Post 72, died on April 4.
•Jose Antonio Gallegos, of Belen, who was proud to be a Vietnam veteran and worried about the plight of fellow veterans, died on April 4.
Nicky V. Garcia, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church and who retired from the Los Lunas Hospital and Training School after 28 years of service as a cottage coordinator, died on April 6.
Velma Olson, of Meadow Lake, who was a master quilter, chef and gardener, died on April 6.
•Jack Henry Schwalm, of Belen, who was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Order of the Eastern Star and United Transportation Union, and retired in 1994 after 41 years of service as a conductor with the Santa Fe Railroad, and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, died on April 15.
•Herman E. Johnston, of Belen, who served in the U.S. Air Force during WWII, died on April 20.
•Amador Catarino Griego, of Los Lunas, who was a member of the armed forces and served in WWII, the Korean War and in Vietnam, and who dedicated himself to the beautification of the Los Lentes Catholic Cemetery, died on April 20.
Diego Trujillo, of Belen, who worked for BNSF Railroad, died on April 22.
Kenneth Anthony “Kenny B.” Barela, a lifelong resident of Valencia County, who worked for the Belen Consolidated Schools transportation department, died on April 25.
Alice Ann Phipps, of Los Lunas, who was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Senior Citizen Center in Los Lunas, died on April 26.
Angelina A. Chavez, of Los Lunas, who was a member of San Clemente Parish and retired from the personnel department of the Los Lunas Hospital and Training School, died on April 29.
Policarpio “Paul” S. Moya, of La Costancia, who retired from the AT&SF Railroad after 46 years of service, a lifelong member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Tomé, a member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Belen Railway Credit Union Board, a member of the Tomé-Adelino Fire Department, a member of the Valencia County Fair Board and a member of the Belen Hospital Board, died on April 30.

May
Fr. Stephen Alan Sanchez, of Belen, who was a 1974 graduate of Belen High School and who received his bachelor’s degree from the College of Santa Fe, earned a Master’s of Theology and Divinity from St. Meidrad’s seminary in Indiana and was ordained into the priesthood in Santa Fe in 1982, died on May 4.
James “Jim” Walter Garrett, of Belen, who worked for BNSF Railroad for 26 years, died on May 6.
•Isidora G. Mora, of Veguita, who was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy and a licensed vocational nurse and teletype operator for the railroad, died on May 9.
•Gilbert Griego Sanchez, of Los Lunas, who was in the U.S. Navy, earning the United Nations China Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the National Defense Medal and the Good Conduct Medal, and was a member of the Iron Workers Union Local 495, died on May 10.
•Cecil Chance, of Belen, who served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a truck driver for Navajo, later known as ABF, for 35 years, died on May 11.
•J. Eddie Saiz, of Los Lunas, who was Valencia County Deputy Clerk, served in the U.S. Army, was a member of the New Mexico Army National Guard, owned J. Eddie Saiz Farmers Insurance Group Agency, was the director of public works for the village of Los Lunas, a member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Middle Rio Grande Council of Governments and San Clemente Catholic Church, died on May 11.
•Virgil Euclide Quesnell, of Peralta, who, with his wife, founded the Bosque Quadrillos Square Dancing Club and was a World War II veteran, died on May 12.
Jesus Ramon “J.R.” Chavez, of Tomé, who worked as a range examiner for the Agricultural Adjustment Administration, as a county extension agent in Mora and Santa Fe counties, and as an associate professor at NMSU until entering private livestock enterprises in 1973, and was elected to the board of directors of the First National Bank in Belen, died on May 13.
Carolyn Dean Calkins, of Belen, who was Past Worthy Matron of the Belen Chapter of the Eastern Star, a Girl Scout leader, member of P.E.O., and owned a drapery and seamstress business for 30 years, died on May 14.
•Eloy B.Sanchez, of Belen, who served his country proudly in the Army during the Korean War, died on May 15.
Maggie Castillo, of Los Chavez, who retired from Dennis Chavez Elementary School after 25 years of dedicated service, died on May 23.
Patrick Ray Lucero Rael, of Los Lunas, who was a member of TrueStreetCars.com and worked at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Los Lunas, died on May 28.
Danny R. Sanchez, of Belen, who retired from Safeway Stores Inc., after 30 years of service, and who started the Jarales choir that provided singing in the Jarales Mission, Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, Our Lady of Assumption, Holy Rosary and Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, died on May 31.
June
Delbert W. Carpenter, of Bosque, who worked with the Santa Fe Railroad for 22 years, died on June 7.
•Francisco Montano, of Veguita, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and who served in the U.S. Air Force, died on June 15.
Dorothy Garcia Llewelyn, whose husband was Dr. Arthur William Llewelyn, was a lifetime member of the Catholic Daughters of America and Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, died on June 15.
Crisanta Baca Padilla, of Tomé, who served as postmaster for the Tomé post office for 43 years and who was a lifelong member of Immaculate Conception Church, died on June 17.
•James L. Culbertson III, of Los Lunas, who graduated from the New Mexico Military Institute, attended the University of New Mexico, Ft. Lewis College and was commissioned into the U.S. Navy. He was stationed in Antarctica and was a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. He retired after 20 years of service as a lieutenant commander. He died on June 19.
Rosendo “Ross” Vallejos, of Adelino, who worked for the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District for 23 years, died on June 22.
Eduardo “Eddy” DeAnda, of Los Lunas, who participated in the Pastorelas every year, and worked for the First National Bank of Belen for 30 years, died on June 24.
•Allan A. Van Inwegen, of Los Chavez, who was ordained as a deacon for the Archdiocese of Denver and served at St. Jude Parish in Lake Wood, Colo., and who served in the National Guard as a first lieutenant in New York and Connecticut for several years, died on June 26.
William Gonzales, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, and owned and managed his own roofing company for more than 50 years, died on June 28.

July
•J. Floyd Kaler, of Belen, who was a decorated WWII veteran, and who owned the White Elephant Storage in Belen, died on July 7.
•Major James R. Canon, of Los Lunas, who retired from the U.S. Marines after 24-years of service and who received a Silver Star, the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts, died on July 7.
Daniel M. Montoya, of Los Lunas, who was a member of San Clemente Catholic Church in Los Lunas, and enjoyed coaching Little League baseball teams, died on July 10.
•Jose “Luz” Lovato, of Belen, who served in the U.S. Army during WWII, was a journeyman pipefitter, served as president of the Pipefitter’s Local Union and chairman of the Pipefitters Apprenticeship Committee, and was president of the Mexican American Political Association, San Francisco chapter, died on July 10.
Martina D. Padilla, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, and was a classroom teacher for Belen Schools for 35 years, died on July 13.
•Jack B. “Skip” Connelley, who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and who worked for Mountain Bell for 34 years, died on July 15.
Josie Maria Estella Sanchez Romero, who worked for the Los Lunas School District, cooking wonderful meals for the staff and students, and who was a care provider for special needs individuals at the Los Lunas Hospital and Training School, died on July 16.
Wayne B. Smith, who retired from the Santa Fe Railway after 37 years of outstanding service, and who was a 50-year member of the Belen Masonic Lodge and long-time Ballut Abyad Shriner, died on July 16.
Vicente Griego, who worked for the Los Lunas Hospital and Training School for 22 years, and retired from umpiring hardball and softball games throughout Valencia, Socorro and Bernalillo counties, died on July 20.
•Leonard LeRoy “Bud” Coiner, of Tomé, who served in the U.S. Air Force and worked at BNSF Railroad until his retirement, died on July 21.
Robert J. Padilla, of Belen, who was awarded top salesman every year during his 40-year career as a car salesmen with Hansen-Waldrop Ford, Valley Ford, Casey Luna Ford and Brad Francis Ford, died on July 22.
•Preston Serrano, of Los Lunas, who was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, a former member of VFW, Elks, Moose, Masons, S.B.A and the Latino Anglo Club, died on July 22.
•Thomas N. Lewis, of Belen, who was a Navy veteran of the Korean War and who worked for Standard Oil for 30 years, died on July 23.
Lorrie G. Maurer, of Los Lunas, and who was an active member of San Clemente Catholic Church, and who, with her husband, John, were responsible for growing the St. Vincent de Paul Society, and received the St. Francis de Assissi award from Most Rev. Michael Sheehan, died on July 25.
Samuel “Sam” Martinez, of the Bosque/Sabinal area, who retired from the New Mexico State Highway Department after 32 years of service, and was a volunteer firefighter for more than 10 years, died on July 25.
•Eugene Ray Osborn, of Bosque Farms, who was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, The German Club and served in the U.S. Navy, died on July 27.
Mary J. Montano, of Jarales, who was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, and employed by the Foster Grandparent Program at the Los Lunas Hospital and Training School before transferring to Gil Sanchez Elementary School, died on July 30.
Kimela Dee Bertholomey, of Los Lunas, who owned Kimelas Gymnatics School in Los Lunas, died on July 31.

August
Margaret K. Lamb, of Los Lunas, who worked at the Los Lunas Hospital and Training School, the Los Lunas Schools and the Cattlemen’s Auction, and who taught first aid for the Red Cross, was a radio operator for the N.M. Mounted Patrol and state police at the State Fair, and was very active in St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Belen, died on Aug. 1.
Scott Hinkle, of Los Lunas, who was the former owner of S&D Baits in Los Chavez, died on Aug. 7.
Louisa (Gonzales) Perea, of Peralta, who was the former office manager for Dr. Joseph Aragon in Los Lunas, died on Aug. 8.
•Wilbur Raymond Hogan, of Belen, who served our country for more than 20 years in the United States Army, retiring as a master sergeant in 1965, and served in World War II, died on Aug. 10.
•James Charles “Cool” Hulett, of Belen, who served in the Army in Japan for five years, was a member of the Plumbers and Steam Fitter’s Union, a member of the Moose Lodge in Belen, died on Aug. 11.
•Bob Dale Horton, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, a longtime member of the Belen Moose Lodge, an engineer for the Santa Fe Railroad, a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers Union and a Korean War veteran, died on Aug. 13.
•David Garcia, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, owned Hub City Electrical, retired from Santa Fe Railroad, was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in Germany, where he received the Purple Heart during the Battle of the Bulge, died on Aug. 16.
•Joe W. Aragon, of Peralta, who was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Peralta, and who served in the U.S. Army during WWII as a sergeant in the 8th Calvary, died on Aug. 20.
•John Michael Baca, of Belen, who was a member our Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, a faithful sacristan, Eucharistic Minister and the fix-it-or-clean-it man for Our Lady of Belen, the 2011 Fiesta parade marshal, a third-degree Knights of Columbus, a former member of the Air National Guard and who was given the 2011 St. Francis de Assisi Award, died on Aug. 26.
James H. Fernandez, of Los Lunas, who was the director of the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts, former Valencia County treasurer and manager, and a member of the Valencia County Historical Society, died on Sunday, Aug. 28
Rebecca C. Baca-Abeyta, of Pueblitos, who was a charter member of the Catholic Daughters of America, lector at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, a 4-H leader, a volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul, an active participant in the Senior Olympics, choir member at Our Lady of Belen and drummer for the Golden Retrievers, died on Aug. 30.
Judith Rae Hills Becker, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, an outstanding employee of Allsups for 21 years and who also was a bartender for 20 years, died on Aug. 31.
•Joe E. Padilla, of Belen, who served in the U.S. Army for two years in the Korean War as a radio operator, retired from AT&SF/BNSF railroad, and was a district, state and national Olympics competitor, died on Aug. 31.

September
Penelope “Penny” Chamis, of Belen, who was an outstanding accountant for many years, died on Sept. 1.
•Leonard E. Ballou, who served in the U.S. Navy, died on Sept. 5.
Ruth Ann Martin, of Bosque Farms, who retired from the Social Security Administration after 25 years of loyal service, died on Sept. 13.
•Antonio “Tony” J. Ulibarri, of Belen, who served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Gradley and USS Black Hawk from 1943-45, and was a proud World War II veteran, who owned A.J. Ulibarri Construction, died on Sept. 16.
•Donald C. Gantert, of Belen, who served during the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Army, died on Sept. 17.
•George H. Goulart, of Rio Communities, who was a veteran of the Korean War, where he served in the U.S. Air Force, and was a member of the White Plains Moose Lodge No. 294 in New York, died on Sept. 18.
Anthony “Big A” Aragon, of Belen, who was president of the Belen Little League, died on Sept. 18.
•Jerrolyn D. “Anna” Paiz-Castillo, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, served in the U.S. Army during the first war and worked at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albuquerque, died on Sept. 19.
Ephraim Barela, of Belen, who worked for the state highway department and the city of Belen for many years, died on Sept. 27.
•Marcelino J. Cordova, of Los Lunas, who was a member of the San Clemente Catholic Church, and who was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII and a lifelong rancher, and who retired from ACF and General Electric after 25 years of service, died on Sept. 27.
Trinidad Moreno, of Belen, who was a life member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, and who retired after working construction for most of his life, died on Sept. 28.
•Eusebio Valenzuela Cardoza, of Bosque Farms, who was in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and who retired from the IRS after 30 years of service, died on Sept. 30.

October
•Alan L. Smith, of Belen, who was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bosque Farms, retired after 33 years with the Santa Fe Railroad, a private pilot, and who served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, died on Oct. 1.
William E. Frank, of Bosque Farms, who worked for ABF for many years, died on Oct. 9.
Rosalie Barela, of Belen, who retired from the Los Lunas Hospital and Training School, where she cared for special needs children, died on Oct. 10.
The very Reverend Jan Davey, who, during World War II, safely hid her sister, Ann, from a Luftwaffe plane bombing in Newbury, and who was both an LPN and RN, and was a lay minister in the Episcopal Church, died on Oct. 12.
•Victor Barlow, of Rio Communities, who enlisted in the U.S. Army and served two combat missions in the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War, and retired after 20 years as a Sgt. First Class, died on Oct. 13.
Frieda Elane Wisely, of Peralta, who worked at the Bosque Farms First Assembly of God for 26 years, 21 as director, died on Oct. 13.
•Frank Valles, of Belen, who spent four years in the U.S. Navy before joining the New Mexico State Police, retired in 1991 as a senior patrolman. He died on Oct. 14.
•Mark Porch, of Belen, who joined the U.S. Navy during World War II, died on Oct. 16.
•Col. Lewis M. Hatch III, of Los Lunas, who retired after 30 years in the U.S. Air Force, and who was a staff navigator and instructor with the British Royal Air Force during World War II, and who served tours at the Pentagon, Strategic Air Command Headquarters, and at Kirtland Air Force Base, and received awards and decorations, including the Legion of Merit and the Air Force Commendation Medal, died on Oct. 18.
•Wiley S. Howard, of Belen, a WWII veteran and spent his career working as a carpenter, died on Oct. 23.
•Seferino “Frank” T. Pando, of Los Lunas, who served in the U.S. Air Force, was a Valencia County planning and zoning commissioner and a Valencia County commissioner, a member of the Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge and American Legion, died on Oct. 21.
•Sanford Lester Forde, of Los Lunas, who was a member of the San Clemente Parish, a WWII veteran and who flew many training missions with actor Jimmy Steward, died on Oct. 21.
Fermin Ulibarri, of Veguita, who retired from Albuquerque Public Schools Heating and Cooling Maintenance, died on Oct. 22.
•Boleslo G. Romero, of Las Nutrias, who was a member of the San Isidro Catholic Church, and served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII, died on Oct. 23.
•Leon Sanchez, of Belen, who was in the U.S. Army during World War II, and after retiring, he tended to his ranch in Belen, died on Oct. 25.
Iva Josephine “Jo” Metcalf, of Belen, who played piano for the First Baptist Church of Los Lunas, died on Oct. 31.

November
•Luis Torres, formerly of Belen, who owned the Belen General Hospital, who was in the U.S. Army for four years, and who served as a member of the Belen City Council, Rotary Club, Greater Belen Chamber of Commerce, Valencia County Sheriff’s Posse and the Knights of Columbus, died on Nov. 1.
•Joe Lester Garcia, born in Bosque, who was a member a member of the Holy Ghost Catholic Church, and who served in the Army National Guard for six years and retired from Sandia National Laboratories after 37 years of services, died on Nov. 2.
•Richard J. Tinnes, of Rio Communities, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, and who served his country throughout all of World War II as a soldier in the Pacific Theater, died on Nov. 3.
Victoria Taylor, of Bosque Farms, who helped the kids of the local 4-H and FFA programs, died on Nov. 3.
Joshua David Clauss, formerly of Belen, who went to both Los Lunas and Belen high schools, attended UNM and worked at an EMT and volunteer firefighter with the Los Chavez Fire Department, died on Nov. 4.
•Bob Tucker, of Rio Communities, who served in the Pacific area and Japan, and was honorably discharged after WWII, died on Nov. 5.
Elizabeth “Ann” A. Martin, of Los Chavez, who worked for the Red Cross for 10 years, died on Nov. 8.
•Abenicio “Benny” Ortiz, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, retired from AT&SF Railroad after 34 years of service and was a World War II veteran, died on Nov. 9.
•Leonard Douglas “Doug” Horne, of Los Lunas, who served in the U.S. Navy, earning the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, ran Los Lunas Realty, died on Nov. 10.
Richard J. Ditrich, of Belen, who was a member and lector at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, and was a volunteer at the Harvey House Museum, Belen Food Pantry, RSVP and Friends of the Library, died on Nov. 12.
•Ralph M. Martinez Sr., of Los Chavez, who was a member of the First Baptist Church of Los Chavez, a life member of the VFW, and who joined the Army at 17, serving in WWII and the Korean Conflict, died on Nov. 13.
•Gilbert Torres Leyba, of Meadow Lake, who worked with New Mexico’s legendary Unser racing family, served the country in the Army during the Korean Conflict and worked at Sandia National Labs until retirement, died on Nov. 14.
Rudolph “Rudy” Chavez, of Belen, who was a 1967 graduate of Belen High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Western New Mexico University in 1971, a master’s degree in education from the University of New Mexico, and earned 45 credits toward a doctoral degree, and who, throughout his career, was a teacher at Central Elementary School in Belen, at Mariposa and Desert View elementary sschools in Los Lunas, principal of Henry T. Jaramillo Elementary School, La Merced Elementary School, St. Mary’s School, was interim superintendent of the Belen Consolidated Schools, was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, having served, with his wife, JoAnne, as Fiesta padrinos in 1994 and Christmas padrinos in 2010, died on Nov. 16.
•Erenio Ernesto “Eddie” Chavez, of Veguita, who served his country proudly in the armed services, and who was a member of the Cement Mason and Plasters Labor Union No. 2643, died on Nov. 19.
•Vicente Leonardo Chavez, born in Veguita, who served in the U.S. Army 140th Division during the Korean War, who was a fireman, and helped to restore the Harvey House Museum, died on Nov. 22.
Jose E. Baldonado, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, a student at the New Mexico School for the Deaf, and retired from Belen Consolidated Schools, died on Nov. 23.
Erlinda Garley Moya, of Peralta, who was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, a member of the Altar Society, the Legion of Mary and Monday Blue Army Rosary Group, and who worked as a foster grandmother at the Los Lunas Training School and the Los Lunas Schools from age 75 to 90, died on Nov. 27.

December
Eulalia “Lala” Armijo, of Belen, who worked at the Los Lunas Hospital and Training School, and in the early 1990s, earned her degree in human services from the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus, died on Dec. 1.
George Albert Fetrow, of Belen, who worked for Mutual of Omaha Insurance Co. for 24 years, died on Dec. 1.
•Fred Baca Jr., of Los Lunas, who was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Holy Family Parish, died on Dec. 3.
Lucia E. Armijo, of Pueblitos, worked for Feil & Ellermeyer Department Store for 31 years and, during WWII, worked at the Mare Island Factory in Vallejo, Calif., and was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church and San Isidro Mission Church in Pueblitos, where she and her brother served as Mayordomos for many years. She died on Dec. 10.
Father Santan Pinto, who worked for a period with Mother Theresa, was ordained in April 1977 and joined the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, died on Dec. 15.
Carol Peffer, of Belen, who was a member of the First Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for decades, served with the Women’s Missionary Union, and served in the Pilot Club and Meals on Wheels, died on Dec. 19.
•Richard H. “Polly” Marmon, of Los Chavez, served in the U.S. Air Force 390th Bomb Groups, Squadron 570th, at Station 153 in Parham, England, and while he flew over Germany, was wounded. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart. He worked at Sandia National Laboratories for 32 years, and died on Dec. 22.
•Eduvigen J. Perea, of Los Lunas, who was a U.S. Navy veteran, a welder in Pearl Harbor and World War II, graduated from the University of New Mexico, and a retired Los Lunas farmer, died on Dec. 23.
•Benjamin H. Romero, of Jarales, who received the Purple Heart while serving during WWII, died on Dec. 26.
Arthur “Peanuts” J. Chavez Jr., of Belen, who worked as a juvenile detention officer at CYFD, died on Dec. 26.
Amarante Zamora, of La Costancia, who was a volunteer fire chief in Tome in the 1970s, and worked for Tabet Lumber for 27 years, died on Dec. 26.
•Robert J. Rounsville, of Bosque, who served his country in the United States Navy during WWII, died on Dec. 31.