Baldonados were to celebrate 45th anniversary

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Reneé and José E. Baldonado: At their wedding

José E. and Reneé Baldonado, of Belen, would have celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary on Jan. 7, but José passed away in the arms of his wife on Nov. 23.

José retired from the Belen Consolidated School maintenance department after 25 years of service. He went to school at the New Mexico School for the Deaf. He was a member of the New Mexico Association of the Deaf, and enjoyed watching sports, especially the Rams.

Reneé is a homemaker and a member of NMAD. She also went to school at the New Mexico School for the Deaf. She enjoys baking, sewing and collecting Coca Cola memorabilia.

The couple belonged to Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.

Their children are Geraldine and husband, Joseph Gabaldon, Joan Baldonado and Joe Jr. They have six grandchildren.

The couple’s children had planned a celebration for Jan. 7 before he passed away.