Deaths and funerals (02/22/12)

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Santana Lee Chavez
1975-2012
Santana Lee Chavez, age 36, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 16.
All services were held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Interment will be held at a later date.
Sign Santana’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Maximina Pinela Estrada
1930-2012
Maximina Pinela Estrada, age 81, a resident of Belen, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 18.
All services, including a viewing and Funeral Mass, were held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Monday, Feb. 20. Interment will be held at a later date.
Sign Maximina’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St. Belen.

Roberto “Robert” Perea
1951-2012
Roberto Perea, age 60, a resident of Peralta, fell asleep in death on Friday, Feb. 18.
He had a big heart, big laugh and was loved by everyone who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his father, Eliseo Perea; brother, Frank Perea; sister, Molly Norton; and his daughter, Monica Perea.
Roberto is survived by his wife, Patricia Perea; daughter, Katrina Barajas; son, Gabe; grandchildren, Gabriel Perea, Tyler Perea, Ivory Barajas, Dominic Barajas and Donte Carrillo; mother, Rosaleen Perea; brothers, Tony Perea and family, Alex Perea and family, Richard Perea and family; sisters, Cecilia Perea, Rose Perea, Nina Perea and Brenda Perea and families.
Services will be held at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 427 Los Lentes NE, in Los Lunas, at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 25.
All arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., (505)866-9992, where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Kenneth Eloy Romero
Died 2012
Kenneth Eloy Romero, age 56, a resident of Irving, Texas, and formerly of Los Lunas, passed away on Friday, Feb. 3.
Ken was preceded in death by his loving parents, Eloy and Helen Romero. Ken is survived by his wife, Celeste, of Irving, Texas; son, Ken Jr. and wife, Opal, of Forgan, Oka.; daughter, Joni Norris and husband, J. W., of Amarillo, Texas; four grandchildren, Brooklyn and Regan Romero, and Tres and Jace Norris.  He is also survived by his three sisters, Loretta, Rose and Victoria Romero; his nephews Gabriel, Carlos and Marcos Luna, all of Los Lunas, and many loving cousins.
Ken was a graduate of Los Lunas High School, where he was an outstanding football player. After high school, Ken worked for the state of New Mexico as a correctional officer, and for the United States Postal Service, and later, Yellow Freight, which took him to live in Tucumcari, where his children were raised.
Ken’s job transferred to Irving, Texas, where he lived for the past 12 years. Ken had recently retired from Yellow Freight, and was starting a new job with another trucking firm.
Ken’s greatest joys in life were his family, especially his children and his grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time with them and enjoyed their company. He was a dedicated and loving father, grandfather and brother, always watching out for and taking care of his family.
Ken was a loving and generous person and he was a good friend to many people, he will be deeply missed.
All services will be held at the San Clemente Catholic Church in Los Lunas, beginning with a visitation at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. A final visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 24, with a memorial Mass at 10 a.m. A reception will be held immediately following the services at the San Clemente Parish Center.
Honorary pallbearers will be Marcos, Carlos, Gabriel and Paul T. Luna, Ray Sanchez, Art Montoya Jr. and Jesus Gonzales.
Sign Kenneth’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Enriqueta Rosales
1918-2012
Enriqueta Rosales, age 93, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 18.
A viewing and Rosary were held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, Feb. 20. A final visitation and Funeral Mass were held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Interment will followed at the Tomé Catholic Cemetery.
Sign Enriqueta’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Juan Solis
1938-2012
Juan Solis, age 73, passed away on Friday, Feb. 17. No services are scheduled at this time.
Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Betty Lou Tabet
1936-2012
Betty Lou Tabet, age 76, a long time resident of Belen, passed away at her home on Sunday, Feb. 19.
Betty was preceded in death by her father, James T. Hadaway; mother, Laura Alice (Moody) Hadaway; father-in-law, Joe Tabet; sisters, Margaret Patterson and Charlene Sparks; brothers, Robert E. “Bob” Hadaway and James T. “Jake” Hadaway; brother-in-law, James Thad Patterson; son, Chris Tabet; granddaughter, Cayla Tabet and great-granddaughter, Trinity Sloan.
Betty is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Herman Tabet; mother-in-law, Lily Tabet; children, James “Jim” Sloan, Larry Tabet, Debbie Tabet and Jay Tabet; eight grandchildren, Laura Sloan, Jimmy Sloan, Edward Cubero, Clinton Tabet, Craig Tabet, Jason Sloan, Chelsea Tabet-Alasmar and Barbara Alissa Akin; and seven great-grandchildren, Brandon Saul, Jacob Saul, Michael Vallejos, Bryanna Vallejos, Emma Sloan, Reaghen Kerlee and Haylee Sloan. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Thursday, Feb. 23, beginning with a viewing at 9 a.m. with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Leroy Vallejos, Michael Sanchez, Lex Patterson, Gene Chavez, David Sparks and Robert Sparks. Honorary pallbearers will be Josh Sanchez, Danell Griego, A.J. Smith, Elia Sanchez, Regina Sanchez, Lydia Montano and Georgia Kirkham.
Our family would like to give a special thank you to Elia and Dr. Roland Sanchez and family.
Sign Betty’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Julia Vaughan
1948-2012
Julia Vaughan, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Feb. 20 after a long battle with illness.
Julia spent 15 years serving clients at Edward Jones Investments in Los Lunas, and will be greatly missed by everyone whose life she touched.
She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Paul; children, Robert Bettes and wife, Amy, Roxanne Vaughan and partner, Matthew Cleary, Roger Vaughan and wife, Loren, and Amanda Vaughan; grandchildren, Mason, William and Corbin Bettes; father, Stewart Swacker; siblings, Larry Swacker and wife, Jo, Carol Joe and husband, Eddy, and Virginia Leef and husband, Bobby, and their families; along with her many in-laws, the Vaughans.
Services will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel beginning with a visitation at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 3, with a memorial service to follow at 11 a.m.
Please come join the family to celebrate her life. Sign Julia’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.