Deaths and funerals (01/25/12)

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Stephanie Gonzales
1987-2012
Stephanie Gonzales, age 24, a resident of Belen, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 19.
She was a gentle, kind, quiet and loving person and was a wonderful mother to her only son, Vicente, whom she loved with all her heart. Stephanie was a loving sister to her brother, Anthony, and had a special relationship with her “favorite” Marlena Baca.
She loved her “Nana,” Mary Lou very much and her grandma, Merejilda. She will forever remain in our hearts and will be greatly missed.
Stephanie and her mother, Angela, passed away within minutes of each other. She was preceded in death by her father, Anthony Gonzales. Stephanie is survived by her son, Vicente Herrera; brother, Anthony “Guy-Guy” Gonzales; grandmothers, Mary Lou Romero and Merejilda Gonzales; and her sisters, Selena and Jazmene Gonzales. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
May God bless you always. Angels are all around you. We love you!
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church beginning with a viewing at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 26, with a Rosary to be recited at 10:30 a.m., and Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Wilfred Gonzales, Simona Lopez, Roxanne Romero, Joylene Zengerly, Mariah Saucedo and Audrey Gutierrez. Honorary pallbearers will be Marlana Baca, Myra Gabaldon and Meghan Saucedo.
Sign Stephanie’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Lois Jones
1926-2012
Longtime Belen and Albuquerque resident Lois W. Jones died Sunday, Jan. 22, in Price, Utah, leaving husband, Dale A. Jones, without his loving dance partner for the first time in seven decades.
Lois first danced with Dale in 1942 at Los Gatos High School in California. They found each other again when World War II ended and married on Aug. 28, 1948.
They moved to Logan, Utah, where Dale completed his studies in wildlife management. A wise Utah state professor told Dale that the key to a successful career is a willing wife. He was so right!
While Dale was getting paid for doing what he loved, Lois raised three wonderful children. Born first was Darlene Ellen, then Derris Russell and their last baby was Del Leonard.
Dale joined the U.S. Forest Service in 1957. The family moved several times about the country, including 10 years in Albuquerque. There was never a whimper from Lois, who always got left behind to sell a house and care for the kids.
She was the backbone of the family. She loved the outdoors and the Jones family hunted, fished and backpacked into some of God’s greatest creations. Lois taught herself to paint in oils and was so proud when she sold her first painting on a beach in Mazatlan, Mexico.
Dale and Lois retired to New Mexico and lived in Belen from 1987-2005, where Lois was an ombudsman at area nursing homes. She took the job to heart.
A Type 1 diabetic for 40 years, she kept her blood sugar under control. A stroke in 2006 was the culprit that kept her from enjoying the life she wanted to live and it became Dale’s turn to take care of her.
Lois leaves behind a loving family; husband, Dale, of 63 years; daughter, Darlene and her husband, Ray Rollins; son, Derris, his wife, Stacey, and their daughters, Dusti, Dena and Mikayla; son Del, his wife, Dianna, and their daughter, Ciera, and son, Douglas; brother, Raymond Wolfe, and his wife, Barbara.
Lois was preceded in death my her mother, father and brother, Russell Wolfe.
A memorial is being planned in Utah in the future. When Dale passes, his ashes will be mixed with hers so that they can dance again.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Diabetes Association or the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care.
Friends are welcome to share memories of Lois at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net.

Angela Romero
1964-2012
Angela Romero, age 48, a resident of Belen, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 19.
She was well known to many people for her loving kindness and generosity and was always willing to help others in whatever way she could. Angela was a loving daughter, mother, sister and granny to her only grandchild, Vicente Herrera. She will be dearly missed.
She and her daughter, Stephanie, passed away within minutes of each other. She was preceded in death by her father, Manuel Romero; and brothers, Steve and Paul Romero. Angela is survived by her son, Anthony “Guy-Guy” Gonzales; very special grandson, Vicente Herrera; mother, Mary Lou Romero; brother, Phillip Romero; and sister, Debbie Romero Aragonez. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, special aunts, uncles and friends.
Angels are all around you. We love you!
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church beginning with a viewing at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 26, with a Rosary to be recited at 10:30 a.m., and Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Xavier and Willie Romero, Ray Armijo, Sandra Cano, Johnny Gutierrez Jr., and Anthony “Guy-Guy” Gonzales. Honorary pallbearer will be Mary Ann Moya Rodriguez.
Sign Angela’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Maria Ninfa Sanchez
1916-2012
On Jan. 21, Maria Ninfa Sanchez, affectionately known as “Ninfa,” age 95, went home to be with the Lord and her husband, Fidel, who preceded her in death in 1998. They were married for 62 years.
Ninfa was a life-long resident of Belen and member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. She belonged to the Catholic daughters of America, Sacred Heart League, Blessed Sacrament Society and was a state of New Mexico retiree employed as a Dietician at the former Los Lunas Hospital and Training School.
Ninfa was loved by many throughout her life and people were blessed by her presence. She was an excellent homemaker known for her tasty cooking and baking.
Ninfa is survived by her four children, Richard Sanchez, Ruth Johnston and her husband, Gary, Mary Sanchez and fiance, Waldo Lucero, and Patrick Sanchez; brother, Herman Sanchez; three grandchildren, Rick Johnston, Alan Johnston and Debbie Oberer and husband, Mark; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
A viewing and Rosary were held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, Jan. 24. A final visitation will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Rick Johnston, Debbie Oberer, Alan Johnston, Mark Oberer, Joshua Pierce and Andrew Sanchez.
Sign Ninfa’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Ronald James Wittman
1951-2012
In God’s perfect timing, Ronald James Wittman, age 60, went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on Saturday, Jan. 21.
Ron moved to Peralta to live with his sister and brother-in-law about a year ago after living in San Jose, Calif., for most of his life. Being disabled at an early age,
Ron found joy in the simple life he lived. He attended a day program in San Jose, and had many friends. He loved his music and enjoyed doing artwork.
He is preceded in death by his father, Raymond Wittman; and mother, Maxine Wittman.
Ron is survived by his sister, Carol Peynado; brother-in-law, Richard Peynado; aunt and uncle, Rita Dentino and Robert Wittman, of southern California.
Ron was a member at Christ the King Lutheran Church. Donations may be made in Ron’s name to Christ the King Lutheran School, P.O. Box 907, Los Lunas, N.M., 87031.
Services will be held at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 700 Camelot Blvd. SW, Los Lunas, beginning with a viewing at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 28, and a memorial service at 11:30 a.m., and a reception to follow.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., 866-9992. An online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.