Deaths and funerals (03/14/12)

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Dubie Baca
1927-2012
Dubie Baca, age 84, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Thursday, March 8.
Services were held Tuesday, March 13.
Arrangements are being handled by the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., 866-9992, where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Laurita C. Barela
1917-2012
Laurita C. Barela, age 94, a resident of Veguita, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 8.
She was preceded in death her loving husband, Damacio Barela; daughters, Sophie Chavez and Mary Ellen Maestas. Laurita is survived by her children, Eddie Barela and wife, Terry, Emilio Barela, Bea Castillo and husband, David, Ida Herrera and husband, Tim, Esther Featherstone and husband, Bob, and Rose Peralta and partner, Mark Truman; 19 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren; brothers, Reynaldo Carrillo and Felimon Carrillo and wife, Esther.
Pallbearers will be Dominic Barela, Aaron Herrera, Joshua, Jeremy and Bryan Chavez and Philip Hudgell. Honorary pallbearers will be Jason Chavez and Eric Maestas.
Sign Laurita’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Nancy Ellen Busch
1945-2012
Nancy Ellen (Neubert) Busch, loving wife, mother and grandmother, age 66, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away peacefully at home with family by her side on Monday, March 12.
Nancy was an amazing woman who touched the lives of many people during her walk here on Earth. Nancy, a fourth-generation registered nurse, loved the work she did. Observers may have thought she was a little “rough” around the edges, but she was a truly kind and gentle soul.
She had a way of making you laugh when you felt like crying, easing pain when you were hurt, and giving you courage to, “pick yourself up, dust yourself off and  get on with it.”
She taught her children the value of hard work, loyalty, honesty, respect, compassion and laughter. Nancy was an amazing cook, baker and candy maker, and she prided herself in the fact that no one ever left her table hungry.  It didn’t matter who you brought home for dinner, unannounced, she would “figure out” a great meal to feed an army.
She was a huge sports fan of any sport. When her children were young, if they wanted to play a sport, she was coaching, on the field or in the stands, cheering them on. There was not a sport, except golf, that she did not like.
She was a life-long Oakland Raider fan, making an annual pilgrimage to a home game, dressed in silver and black, all painted up and known by many, many people as “Grandma Raider.” She was quite a character and celebrity, posing with Raider fans, young and old.  She will be missed by the “Raider Nation.”
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and spent many years involved in many of the church duties and activities.
Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, William F. Neubert and Flora Jane (Seigel) Neubert; and many of her precious animals.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Mahlon “Mel” J. Busch; her five children; 12 grandchildren; sister Beverly Pelletier of Joplin, Mo.; and her pets, Tyke, Anita, Gizmo and of course the cat, Rocky.
Nancy was loved by many and will be missed by all that truly knew her.  Thank you to all the friends who so graciously gave of themselves during her last days. We are thankful and will never forget your thoughtfulness.
Nancy has slipped from this mortal existence, into which we are each born; to gain our mortal bodies, the experiences of life and to start on our journey towards perfection, (“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:48).
She has gone to that sublime, peaceful, beautiful place that the Apostle Paul referred to as Paradise, II Corinthians 12:4, to rest from the aches, pains, troubles and concerns that are our lot to bear while in mortality and to reunite again with deceased friends and family; to await the second coming of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and the resurrection that He has wrought through His atoning sacrifice.
No services are planned at this time.
Again, thank you all for your tender thoughtfulness, the care, concern, consideration and comfort rendered us, the Busch family.
Arrangements are being handled by the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Sofia S. Castillo
1937-2012
Sofia S. Castillo, age 74, passed away on Saturday, March 10, surrounded by her loving husband and children.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Aurelio and Dulcinea Sanchez. Sofia is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Diego Castillo; three children, Gherarda and Michael Castillo, and Celina Collier and husband, Charles; four grandchildren, Charlene Castillo, Kazzandra, Dalton and Christina Collier; great-grandson, Roman Kumar; and six brothers and sisters.
All services will be held at San Miguel Catholic Church in Socorro, beginning with a public viewing at 8 a.m. on Friday, March 16, with a Rosary to be recited at 8:30 a.m., and a  Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9 a.m. Interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:15 p.m.
Sign Sofia’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Ray E. Chowning Jr.
1923-2012
Ray E. Chowning Jr., age 88, a resident of Belen, passed away on Wednesday, March 7.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Belen, a 32nd Degree Mason, Shriner and member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.
Ray is survived by his wife of 67 years, Nancy Chowning, currently residing in North Manchester, Ind.; sister, Florence Witherspoon of Colorado Springs, Colo., age 97; son, Ray Chowning III and his wife, Julia Chowning, of Wabash, Ind.; son, James S. Chowning and his wife, Heidi Chowning, of Albuquerque; grandson, Ray Chowning IV and great-grandson, Michael Chowning, of Tulsa, Okla.; granddaughter, Debra Ludban and great-grandson, Alex Ludban in Houston, Texas.
Ray met his wife as they were both serving in the U.S. Navy. Ray retired as a major in the U.S. Army as an aviator, and was last stationed as a pilot for the New Mexico National Guard in the adjutant general staff in Santa Fe, where he participated in many searches for outdoorsmen and emergency relief missions for the residents of New Mexico.
He also served in WWII, and Korea in the U.S. Navy as a naval aviator. He received the Korean War service medal. In Korea, he served on the USS Lake Champlain.
In WWII, Ray was honored by being an instructor pilot for many other servicemen. Ray flew as a captain for Air America during the Vietnam War, flying out of Vientiane, Laos.
Ray is most proud of his family, and thanks to his friends and family for all their prayers and support.
There are no services planned; however Ray will be interred at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe.
Arrangements are being handled by the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., 866-9992, where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

CSM Robert E. “Bob” Fogarty (Ret.)
1921-2011
Robert E. Fogarty “Bob” passed away in Phoenix, Ariz., Dec. 4, 2011.
Bob, born in Somerville, Mass., joined the Army in 1941 and retired 31 years later in 1972.  He was a WWII, Korean War and Vietnam veteran and served his country with honor and distinction.
After retirement, Bob and Georgia (1924-2009) moved to Belen, which was their first permanent home. They resided in Rio Communities for 33 years prior to moving to Phoenix due to Georgia’s medical problems.  Bob was an active member of the German American Club as well as the VFW.
Bob never forgot his life and friends in Belen. During visits with his daughter, Gina, one of the first questions he had was “how are things in Belen?”
He would then reminisce about his friends and life in general while in Belen and get a gleam in his eye and smile his Fogarty smile.
Bob was a quiet man with a big heart. He was always willing to help those who needed it and passed those traits on to his family.
His love for Georgia made her life as comfortable as possible during her battle with Alzheimer’s.
He took great joy in being able to be part of his great-granddaughter Ava and great-grandson Ryland’s life.
Bob lived in a group home in Phoenix and was loved by all due to his kindness and jokes and will be missed by his fellow housemates and staff.
Bob will be missed by many and remembered by those who loved him, as a patriot, loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Bob is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Gina and Bruce Holstad, of Los Lunas, his daughter, Theresia Roberts, of Phoenix, his grandson and wife, Troy and Fran Roberts, of Phoenix, great-grandchildren, Ava and Ryland and grandson, Shane Roberts of Phoenix.
Bob and Georgia will be laid to rest with a full honor ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery on March 19.

Leroy O. Romero
1955-2012
Leroy O. Romero, age 56, a resident of Belen, passed away on Sunday, March 11.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, on Friday, March 16, beginning with a viewing at 9 a.m., 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 Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Sign Leroy’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Ernest E. Sanchez
1934-2012
Ernest E. Sanchez, age 77, a resident of Belen, passed away on Monday, March 12.
Ernest, “Sonny” as he was known to family and friends, was born in Belen on Oct. 26, 1934, to Ramon Sanchez and wife, Delfinia Garcia-Sanchez. The youngest of nine children, he was known for his friendliness.
He was never afraid of hard work, with careers in trucking, construction and employment with Tabet Lumber as a truck driver. He also proudly served for six years with the New Mexico Army National Guard, receiving an honorable discharge.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Martha; his parents, Ramon and Delfinia; his in-laws, Eugenio and Bessie Moya; and his siblings, Frank Sanchez, Lucy Abeyta, Pat Sanchez, Marina Kocesis, Margaret Saavaedra and Lucila Mitchell.
Ernest is survived by his brothers, Joe Louis Sanchez and wife, Sally, of Albuquerque, and Ignacio Sanchez and wife, Genevieve of Kingman, Ariz.; his brother-in-law, Jerry A. Moya and wife, Sonya, of Los Lunas; beloved nephews, Raymond Mitchell and wife, Patricia, of Albuquerque, and Jesse A. Moya of Las Cruces. There are other nephews and nieces throughout the United States who will no doubt miss “Uncle Ernest.”
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, on Saturday, March 17, beginning with a viewing at 9 a.m. 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 Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Sign Ernest’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Jim F. Sanchez
1934-2012
Jim F. Sanchez, age 77, a resident of Belen, passed away on Friday, March 9.
He was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church and retired from BNSF Railroad. He loved farming and animals.
Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Cecilia Sanchez; sons, James and Virgil Sanchez; parents, Alfredo and Maria Sanchez; brothers, Joe, Alfredo and Raymond; sister, Fastina Sanchez; and brothers, Nick, Perfecto and Martin Cordova.
He is survived by his son, Adrian Sanchez; wife, Victoria; grandchildren, Ashley, Adrian, Marcos, Savannah, Eric, Jimmy and Adam; daughters-in-law, Brenda Estrada, Brenda Sanchez and Cathy Sanchez; sisters, Angelina and husband, Joe Marquez, Josie and husband, Simmon Jaramillo, and Virginia Cordova; brothers, Tommy and wife, Demicia Cordova, Sammy and Andrew Cordova; and many nieces and nephews.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Sam Southern
1945-2012
Sam Southern, age 66, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Wednesday, March 7.
All services are private.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Pricilla Urtiaga
1922-2012
Pricilla Urtiaga, age 89, passed away on Monday, March 12.
Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Keith W. Walker
Died 2012
On Friday, March 9, at 10:45 a.m., Keith W. Walker left this world to join another.
He was born in Ohio, and later moved to Texas to work in the oil fields. Keith later moved to New Mexico, where he drove for Swift Transportation.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Patricia L. Walker; and his children, William and Rachel of Los Lunas.
A celebration of Keith’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, March 24, at the Bosque Farms Church of Christ, 1635 Bosque Farms Blvd.
Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St. NE, 565-1700.
Please visit Keith’s online guest register at www.riversidefunerals.com.