Deaths and funerals (02/04/12)


Cynthia “Cindy” Jean Barnes

Cindy Barnes, age 56, a resident of Bosque Farms, was called home to our Lord and Savior after a sudden death on Tuesday, Jan. 31.
She was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter and sister. She loved her animals, and enjoyed playing bingo with her mom. She was also a member of the Stamp Club at the Palo Duro Senior Citizens Center, and belonged to the Turtle Club.
Cindy was preceded in death by her father, Ernie Allen; and her sister, Sandra Allen.
She is survived by her husband, Charles Barnes; daughter, Sarah Barnes and fiancé, Carlos Edgell; mother, Iris Allen; brothers, Ron Allen and Lynn Truck, and Scott and Kathy Allen.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, at the First United Methodist Church, 75 Manzano Expressway in Belen.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., 866-9992, where an online guest register is available at

Retha Marie Burson
Retha Marie Burson, age 49, a longtime resident of Belen, after a courageous 10-year battle with kidney failure, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, Feb. 1.
She was the mother of three children, Jennifer Bryan and her husband, Wayne, of Albuquerque, Patrick Burt and his fiancée, Sandra, of Farmington, and Kristina Erisman and her husband, Jason, of Odessa, Texas. She was the beloved companion to Sherman Ray Burson for more than 30 years.
Retha is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Grace Burt of Los Chavez; son, Christopher Michael of Los Lunas; brothers, Eddie Crawley of Albuquerque, Delbert Crawley, also of Albuquerque, Bobby Crawley of Los Chavez; and sister, Patricia Snyder of Maricopa, Ariz.
She will be forever remembered by her remaining siblings, brothers, James Crawley and his wife, Shirley, of Farmington, Danny Crawley and his wife, Inez, of Los Lunas, Bill Crawley of Albuquerque; her sisters, Theresa Pino and her husband, John, of Los Chavez, Donna Merino and her husband, Manny, of Oxnard, Calif., Joann Jewel of Dublin, Calif., Yja Peters of Los Lunas, Willie Loggins and her husband, Buddy, of Pleasanton, Calif., and her loving sister-in-law, Pauline Crawley, of Los Chavez.
She will be treasured by her grandchildren, Sky, Serenity, Xavier, Estrella, William, Dannie Leigh, Brianna, Logan, Caedyn, Chance and Matthew, along with countless other nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great nephews and friends, whom were blessed to know her.
Retha loved to listen to Elvis music, playing and laughing with her grandchildren and camping. She touched the lives of many people with her smile and generosity, and maintained her trademark sense of humor all the way to the end.
Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service at 2 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6,  at The First Baptist Church of Los Chavez. Services will be provided by Pastor Boyd Morerod.
Sign Retha’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Lorenzo “Lencho” Martinez
Lorenzo “Lencho” Martinez, age 70, a lifelong resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 31.
He was an ironworker, and belonged to Local 495. Lorenzo was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nemesio Martinez Sr. and Dolores Castillo Martinez; and grandson, Krister Vincent Martinez. Lorenzo is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Frances; daughters, Joelene Martinez, Esther Zamora and Annette Martinez; grandsons, James Cordova, Josh Martinez and Kevin Zamora; granddaughter, Chantey Zamora; great-grandchildren, Antonio and Journey Cordova and Xenia Agapita Perea; brothers, Nemesio Martinez Jr. and wife, Mary Lou, and Steven Martinez and wife, Genevieve; sister, Mary Ann Bentoncourt; and ex-sister-in-law, Mary Ann Salas. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
All services were held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, Feb. 2. Interment will be held at a later date.
Sign Lorenzo’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Joe R. Perea Sr.
Joe R. Perea Sr., age 85, a life-long resident of Peralta, was called to join the love of his life, Louisa, on Tuesday, Jan. 31.
Joe was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. He was a veteran of WWII, who saw action in the Philippine Islands and later served in the Occupation Forces in Japan. After his army service, he was employed by Sandia Base in the department of finance and accounting.
Later, he helped organize the original Community Action Program and the Head Start program and was the director of the senior citizens program in Valencia County.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Donaciano and Carmen Aragon Perea; and loving wife, Louisa Perea. Joe is survived by his three children, Joe Jr., and Tom Schellenbach, Teresa Sanchez and husband, Jose, and Patsy Chavez and husband, Lito; grandchildren, Sean Marquez, Joe Perea III, Margaret Rivera, James Sanchez, Tomas Sanchez, Luis Chavez and Anna Brieden; sisters, Prudy Mondragon and husband, Ramon, Bea Aragon and husband, Tony, and Palmira Hay and husband, Steve; and five great-grandchildren.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church on Monday, Feb. 6, beginning with a visitation at 9 a.m., with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will be held at a later date at the Valencia Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Our Lady of Guadalupe Altar Society, 3674 N.M. 47, Peralta, NM, 87042.
Sign Joe’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Joseph Doyle Reed
Joseph Doyle Reed, 72, of Montgomery, Ala., passed away on Sunday, Jan. 29.
Joe was born in Belen on May 3, 1939.
He was preceded in death by his father, Doyle Jay Reed; brother, Otho “Butch” Reed; and a son, Danny Ray Reed. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Vivian; Mother, Lena Reed of Belen; sons, James Matthew Reed and wife, Joanna, of Archbord, Pa., Joseph Jay Reed and wife, Melanie, of Hope Hull, Rickey Doyle Reed of Lowndesboro, Ala.; daughter, Deborah Jo Everett of Tahlequah, Okla.; brother, Frank Reed and wife, Karol, of Hendersonville, N.C.; sisters, Joann Morrison of Belen, Joy Campbell and husband, Johnny, of Bloomfield; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside services took place Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Greenwood Cemetery in Montgomery, Ala.