Deaths and funerals (01/18/12)


Augustina Baca
Augustina Baca passed from this life on Sunday morning, Jan. 15.
She was born April 18, 1928, in Clovis to Alexandro and Mary Garcia, the sixth child of eight. On August 31, 1949, she married the love of her life, Jose E. Baca. They eventually moved to Belen, where they raised their five children.
Augustina, “Tina,” loved cooking, arts and crafts and making quilts with her quilting club. She also loved volunteering at the local elementary school attended by her grandchildren and where she was nicknamed “Disco Grandma.”
Tina was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings and two of her sons. She is survived by her husband, Jose E. Baca Sr., her daughter, Victoria March and husband, Brian March; son, Joe E. Baca Jr.; daughter, Lorraine Baca; granddaughter, Julie Hill and companion, Mike Turano; grandson, Aaron Hill and wife, Christina Hill; great-grandsons, Dominic Giannini and Gino Turano; and great-step grandchildren, Hayley and Kevin Heard.
All services will be at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Wednesday, Jan. 18, beginning with a viewing at 10 a.m., followed by a Rosary at 10:30 a.m. and Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. A reception will follow the service. Interment will be at a later time in Santa Fe National 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

David Z. Kidd
David Z. Kidd, age 17, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 11.
He was a very smart and a loving child. David was full of smiles and always joking around. David enjoyed music, fishing and baseball.
He cherished his dog, Kain, like a baby. David was a very proud brother and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. His grandpa, Daniel, was his world, his everything, a man that he could look up to.
He was like a big brother to all his little cousins. David loved his family and friends very much. He adored his loving girlfriend, Leandra. David loved being babied by family. David and his sister Nikki were inseparable. He will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Daniel Montoya. David is survived by his loving mother, Amanda Montoya; grandma, Molly Montoya; sister, Nicole Kidd; three brothers, Matthew Patel, Roshan Patel and Ethan Montoya; two uncles, Thomas Montoya and wife, Jennifer, and John Montoya and wife, Marti; seven loving cousins and a special person he held close to his heart like a second mother, Stephanie Salazar Romero. He is also survived by many loving family members.
All services were held at the San Clemente Catholic Church on Monday, Jan. 16. Interment will be held at a later date in Arizona.
Pallbearers were Thomas Montoya and John Montoya.
Sign David’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Mary E. Sanchez
Mary E. Sanchez, age 90, a lifelong resident of Belen, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 15.
Ms. Sanchez was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. She was a retired bus driver after 31 years with the Belen Schools. In addition, she was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
Ms. Sanchez was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Manuel A. Sanchez; daughter, Molly Lucero; eight brothers, one sister, one granddaughter, one great-granddaughter and one great-grandson.
She is survived by her sons, Rueben Sanchez, Orlando Sanchez and wife, Lucille, and Rex Sanchez and wife, Renee. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
All services will be at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Thursday, Jan. 19, beginning with a visitation at 9 a.m., followed by a Rosary at 9:30 a.m. and Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Interment will be held at Santa Fe National Cemetery at a later date.
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

Jose Lorenzo Thomas
Jose Lorenzo Thomas, age 45, a resident of Belen, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
Contact Romero Funeral Home for service times. 864-8501, Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Albert Thomas “Tom” Vincent
Albert Thomas “Tom” Vincent, a resident of Peralta, left us to be with his Lord on Sunday, Jan. 15.
A 1945 graduate of South High School in Columbus, Ohio, he served in two theaters during and after WWII. After marrying Ruth Fladt in 1948, he completed his education by earning a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Capital University (Ohio) in 1951 and a master’s degree in physical education from Ohio State University in 1954.
He entered the field of education and coached athletics beginning in 1951, and continued his lifelong pursuit of educational excellence with full-time positions in Dayton, Ohio, and Gallup.
Even during retirement, he continued to serve as a substitute teacher. His 60-year educational career was capped by the award of the Doctor of Education degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1978 and his selection to serve the Gallup-McKinley County school district as the assistant superintendent for secondary education.
Tom was a lifelong advocate for vocational instruction and was instrumental in the development of computer science applications in the classroom and various trades programs.
As a coach, Tom provided exceptional guidance and successful leadership to teams for 22 years. He coached football in St Mary’s, Ohio, Belmont High School in Dayton, Ohio, and for the University of Dayton’s junior varsity squad.
Since semi-retirement in the 1990s, Tom and Ruth were actively engaged in their passions of travel, camping, family, gardening and church activities. As a member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Los Lunas, Tom chaired the committee that led to the design and current construction of a new church facility that will serve the community for many generations to come. He also served the congregation as the Bishop’s Warden and in various other leadership capacities.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth, their three children and spouses, and four grandchildren. Two of those families, Kenneth and Mary Vincent and Barbara and Steve Neumann, live nearby in New Mexico, while Karen and Jack Kruse live with her family in central Ohio. The grandchildren, Jonathan Vincent, Megan and Rachel Kruse, and Kyle Neumann, have all enjoyed lifelong happy relationships with their extraordinary grandpa.
A celebration of this humble and gifted man’s life will be held in the spring at his home church. The date and other details will be published later.
Memorial gifts may be sent to the St. Matthew’s Building Fund, P.O. Box 2489, Los Lunas, N.M., 87031, or to the American Cancer Society or to the National Arbor Day foundation ( Tom always loved trees!
Sign Tom’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.