Deaths and funerals (02/01/12)


Ruben T. Abeyta
Ruben T. Abeyta, 77, of Las Cruces, entered eternal life Thursday, Jan. 12, at Memorial Medical Center.
He was born Aug. 22, 1934, in Abeytas, to Santiago and Andrea Sanchez Abeyta. Mr. Abeyta received a bachelor’s degree in English from University of New Mexico in Albuquerque; retired as an investigator from the United States Federal Government- Personnel Management.
He was a volunteer at the Community of Hope; enjoyed reading and writing poetry. Mr. Abeyta was a communicant of Our Lady of Purification Catholic Church where he was a eucharist minister and a lector.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Pauline Sanchez Abeyta, of the family home; three sons, Ronald and Leonard Abeyta, both of Tucson, Ariz., and Leon Abeyta and wife, Jackie, of Socorro; two daughters, Bernadine Naylor and husband, Jody, and Lita Abeyta of Las Cruces; six sisters, Mela Sanchez of Mesa, Ariz., Sr. Angelina Abeyta of Grand Rapids, Mich., Sr. Dolores Abeyta and Greg Esquivel, both of Albuquerque, Angelina Trujillo and husband, Sesario, of Belen, Dolores Duran and husband, Benjamin, of Rio Rancho; brother-in-law, Herman I. Baca, of Santa Rosa. Other survivors include eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Isabel Baca; brothers, Arthur and Alberto Abeyta; and a granddaughter, Justine Frances Naylor.
A prayer vigil was held Monday, Jan. 16, in Our Lady of Purification Catholic Church, 5525 Cristo Rey in Doña Ana, where the Funeral Mass was celebrated immediately thereafter with Fathers of Augustinian Recollects officiating. The Rite of Committal and Interment followed in the Doña Ana Cemetery, where he was laid to rest in the family plot.
Serving as casket bearers were Brian Petracca, Jacob, Timothy and Ruben James Abeyta, Matthew and Isaac Carrillo. Honorary bearers were Jennifer Murray, Roberta Abeyta and Jessica Carrillo.
The family would like to extend their sincere thank you to Dr. Leon and Dr. Reynolds as well as the CCU Staff at Memorial Medical Center for their help and excellent care given to our loved one.
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Manuel Macedonio Baca
Manuel Macedonio Baca, age 68, a resident of Belen, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 29.
He was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his father, Macedonio Baca; mother, Vecentita Baca; father-in-law, Felipe Sanchez; mother-in-law, Brijida Sanchez; and sister, Margaret Josephs. Manuel is survived by his loving wife, Nattie Baca; two daughters, Barbara Baca and Brenda Baca; son, Max Baca; seven grandchildren, Natalie Gabaldon and husband, Carlos, Nicole Saline and husband, Michael, Joseph Sanchez, Chelsea Tabet-Alasmar and husband, Mahmoud, Alexis Baca, Alyssa Baca and Ashley Baca; and six great-grandchildren, Madison, Preston, Jace, Alanna, Alivia and Jarek.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, beginning with a visitation at 9 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, with a Rosary to be recited at 9:30 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Casa Colorada Cemetery. The pallbearer will be Joseph Sanchez.
Sign Manuel’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Ervin E. Ballou
Ervin E. Ballou, age 91, passed away on Friday, Jan. 27.
He was born in Roscommon, Mich., to Floyd Ervin Ballou and Margaret Sullivan Ballou.
Ervin and Madlyn were affiliated with the Jehovah’s Witnesses church since 1958, having a multitude of friends in New Mexico, Arizona, Texas and Colorado, and many other parts of the United States.
Ervin’s life passions were hunting, fishing and shooting a good game of pool. A draftee of WWII, Ervin served four years in the U.S. Army with Cairo, Egypt, being one of the exotic places he served as a postal clerk.
After the war, Ervin continued his postal service role for 16 years, worked in the logging industry and then in the construction trade, which he continued in until recent years.
He was greatly loved and will be immensely missed by all his family.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Sully, Bernard and Eldon; his wife of 50 years, Madlyn; and his son, Leonard Ballou of Los Lunas. He was the father of four surviving children, Brevaude (Bea) George of Belen, Floyd Ballou of Hollywood, Calif., Mimi Forwoodson of Ferndale, Wash., and Tracey Ballou of Glendora, Calif.; his daughter-in-law, wife of Leonard, Sandy Ballou; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of a memorial service the family will be making private arrangements.
Blessings of love/light from the unconditional Christ Love within all!.
Sign Ervin’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Ruben Guzman
Ruben Guzman, age 52, a resident of Belen, passed away on Friday, Jan. 27.
He was a member of The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers 791.
Ruben is preceded in death by his father, Joe Guzman; brothers, Arthur Guzman and Richard Guzman.
He is survived by his mother, Brigida Guzman of Rio Rancho; wife, Sandra Guzman; sons, David Torrez and wife, Kristin, and Leroy Torrez and wife, Josette, and Michael Guzman; sisters, Linda Molina, Becky Herrera, Mercy Gonzales and Lorraine Garcia; 10 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends at Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1, followed by a Rosary. A celebration of Ruben’s life will be held at Calvary Chapel of the Rio Grande Valley at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 2, with a reception to follow.
Honorary pallbearers are Pancho Herrera, Chris Molina, Tinker Gonzales, David Torrez, Leroy Torrez, Paul Herrera, Brian Gonzales, Robert Gonzales, Christopher Molina, Michael Garcia Jr., Stevie Guzman, Anthony Carrillo, Richard Sanchez, James Guzman, Gabriel Guzman, Ben Montiel, Jack Osborne, Jakob David Torrez and David Jovan Torrez Jr.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave.,  864-4448, where an online guest register is available at

Lorenzo Martinez
Lorenzo Martinez, age 70, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 31.
Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Doreen J. Sanchez
Doreen J. Sanchez, age 46, a resident of Belen, was born on July 9, 1965, and went to meet our Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 25.
She is preceded in death by her father, Jose G. Sanchez.
Doreen is survived by her lifelong companion, Adam Chavez; two loving sons, Thomas Chavez, and his partner, Sarah Jaramillo, and AJ Chavez; three loving grandchildren, Dominick and Paige Chavez and Mykah Olivas; mother, Mary T. Sanchez; two sisters, Dorothy Maya and Tiny Sanchez; brother, Brian J. Sanchez; nephews and nieces, Mando and Jessica Sanchez, Gabriel Sanchez,  Jovanna Gallegos, Jamie Yalch, Andrew Sanchez, Yvette Sanchez, Danny Bernal, Joylene Sanchez and Charles Alderon; great-nephews and nieces, Nathan, Isaiah, Alex, Christopher, Virginia, Dynessa, Odyssey, Jocelyn and Julyssa; Goddaughter, Cadence Padilla; lifelong pals, David Yalch and Lo Chavez; and her pet, Tamika, who was with her until the very end.
May God bless her soul and let us be united with her one day in heaven.
Services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church starting with a viewing at 6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 3, followed by a Rosary at 7 p.m. A final viewing will be at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m., with interment to follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Mando Sanchez, Gabriel Sanchez, Jaime Yalch, Andrew Sanchez, Rico Apodaca and Norman Chavez.  Honorary pallbearers will be Yvette Sanchez, Joylene Sanchez  and Annette Apodaca. Ernie Gonzales, Jeremy Padilla  and Eppy McCoy will serve as ushers, and readers will be Estella Blea, Brian Sanchez and Cody Grassham. Alice Gabaldon will lead the Rosary. Music will be arranged by Bernie Jaramillo. The eulogy will be rendered by Brian Sanchez.
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