Deaths and funerals (03/28/12)

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Florence Aguirre
1932-2012
Florence Aguirre, age 79, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Friday, March 23.
No services are planned at this time.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Joseph C. Beverly Jr.
1929-2012
Joseph C. Beverly Jr., age 82, and 58-year resident of Belen, passed away on Friday, March 23, after a short battle with cancer.
Joe, “J.C.,” to some, had led a full, rich life. In addition to earning his living as a heavy equipment mechanic in road construction, he found time for his many home improvement projects, and to indulge his love for fishing, boating and camping.
He was a charter member of the Sierra Vista Southern Baptist Church in Rio Communities. He was the founder of New Mexicans for Quality Long-Term Care, a city advocate group that worked to improve quality of life and family rights for residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities in New Mexico.
Joe was born to Joseph Beverly Sr. and Leona Doane Beverly, in Buffalo Gap, Texas. Shortly after his birth, they moved to their new farm, just down the road in Cedar Gap. There, he spent his youth, active in sports and helping out on the farm.
After graduation in 1947 from Tuscola High School, he helped his parents and younger siblings move to their new place in Arkansas. He stayed on for a bit and then headed out on his own to explore the world, working as a truck driver, mechanic and equipment operator and even doing a stint as a Merchant Marine.
In 1953, on his way to a job in Arizona, his car broke down in Albuquerque and he decided to stay. Not too long after, he met Valeria Trujillo at a dance in Belen.
After their marriage in 1954, they moved into her family home in Belen and lived there ever since. After his retirement in 1994, they enjoyed travelling and spending time with their granddaughters.
Mr. Beverly was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bert Beverly and Paul Beverly; and sister, Rosemary Parker.
He is survived by his wife, Valeria; son, Joseph C. Beverly III and his wife, Susan; his daughter, Dolores McDuffie and her husband, Joe McDuffie; granddaughters, Valerie Selinger and husband, Mike Selinger, Aliza Tafoya and husband, Nick Tafoya, and Hope Pino and husband, Rico Pino; great-grandson, Logan Tafoya; brother-in-law, Tommy Trujillo and wife, Florence Trujillo; nieces and nephews, Betsy and Jesse Torres, Johnny and Nora Trujillo, Laura and Tom Castillo, Linda Trujillo, Kathy Padilla, Marty and Patricia Trujillo, Lillian Milligan, Raymond Chavez, Elsie Romero, Annette Chavez and Carol Chavez; his younger sister, Llewellyn Metzger of Mt. Vernon, Ark., and many other nieces and nephews scattered throughout the states.
A viewing  will take place at the Sierra Vista Southern Baptist Church in Rio Communities at 10 a.m., Wednesday, March 28, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. Interment will be at a later date.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of Vistacare Hospice in Albuquerque for their great kindness and gentle care in the last days of Joseph Beverly’s life.
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.

Stella B. Chavez
1933-2012
Stella B. Chavez, age 78, a resident of Belen, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 24.
She was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. Stella enjoyed spending time with all her children and grandchildren. She loved dancing with her honey, Frank, and playing bingo. Stella was always happy to be with family, friends and even strangers.
She was preceded in death by her infant son, Joseph; infant daughter, Beverly; parents, Tomas and Margarita Chavez Baca; in-laws, Eduardo and Rosita Chavez; four siblings and one sister-in-law.
Stella is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Frank Chavez; children and their spouses, Eddie and wife, Arlene Chavez, Margo and husband, Leroy Jaramillo, Rosemary (Tote) and J.R. Rodriguez, Joann and husband, John Anaya, Ricky and Charleen Chavez, Cathy and husband, David Carrillo, and Thomas and wife, Gloria Chavez; 22 beloved grandchildren and spouses; 35 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; in-laws, Precy and Horace Urtiga, Herman Kaneshiro Sr. and Emma Baca; and all her nephews, nieces and cousins. She is also survived by her very special friends, Lilly, Phillipe and George; her bingo buddies and everyone that loved her and she loved.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Wednesday, March 28, beginning with a viewing at 10:30 a.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 11:30 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 12 noon. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Sign Stella’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Jean Conner
1942-2012
Jean Conner, a loving mother and devoted wife, was called to be with the Lord on March 24, at the age of 69, after battling many illnesses.
She was a wonderful cook, seamstress and quilter. She was an active church member who was adored by her family, friends and pets.
She leaves behind her mother, Bernice, of Waco, Texas; husband, Larry; and son, Jeff, of Los Lunas; her daughter, Kim; son-in-law, Max; and granddaughters, Riley and Allison, of Albuquerque.
A memorial will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, at Valley Church of Christ in Los Lunas.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Paul Komuro
1928-2012
Paul Komuro, age 83, a long time resident (20 plus years) of Belen, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 22, from complications of leukemia.
Paul was born May 28, 1928, in Los Angeles, Calif., where he grew up, until the age of 14, when he, along with his family, was ordered by the federal government to the Gila River Internment camp for people of Japanese ancestry and confined between the years 1942 and 1945.
Paul received his BA in 1950 from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and he continued on at UCLA to receive his master’s degree in psychiatric social work (MSW) in 1954. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
Paul was employed as a Psychiatric Social Worker at Camarillo State Hospital in California. There he met and married his wife, Geraldine DeForest, a colleague of his in 1963. He gladly took on the role of step-father to Geraldine’s five children.
Paul enjoyed skiing and introduced his step-children to the sport as well as to the joys of the outdoors. Many, many vacations were spent camping in the national parks. Yosemite was a favorite of the entire family. He always enjoyed playing cards, especially bridge.
Upon retirement, Paul and Geraldine traveled extensively around the world enjoying different cultures and making many new friends. When his wife became ill from Alzheimer’s disease, Paul devoted himself to her care.
Paul was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Geraldine DeForest; and his sister, Sachi.
He is survived by his step-sons, James Nelson (Fla.), and Shawn Mullen (Fla.); step-daughters, Deborah Mullen (Calif.), Gael Harris (Mont.), Dr. Andrea Mullen (Calif.); sisters, Mitzi Alviar (Calif.), Shizu Komuro (Calif.); brother Joe Komuro (Okla.); niece, Therona Ramos (Texas); and nephews, Skip and Richard (Hawaii).
A memorial service, followed by light refreshments, will be held at St. Philips Episcopal Church, 113 La Luna Place, in Rio Communities at 10:30 a.m., Sunday, April 1. Paul will be interred at a later date next to his wife in Magnolia Cemetery, Beaumont, Texas.
The family wishes to thank all those who helped care for Paul during his illness, with special thanks to Barbara Owens of “We Care Services.”
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Tim Linton
1956-2012
Tim Linton, age 55, a resident of Belen, passed away on Friday, March 23.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bob Linton; mother, Mildred L. Orr; and sister, Sherry Orr. Tim is survived by his father-in-law, Jerry Orr; brother, Steve Linton; and two nephews, Kevin Huckabee and Troy Jaramillo.
No services are scheduled at this time.
Sign Tim’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Edward W. Paup
1945-2012
Edward W. Paup, age 66, a resident of Belen, passed away on Wednesday, March 21.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 31, at the First United Methodist Church of Belen, with a reception to follow.
The church is accepting donations in Edward’s memory to go toward the building of the Family Life Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to PO Box 536, Belen, N.M., 87002.
A complete obituary can be found on our guest register at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel,  418 W. Reinken Ave., 864-4448.

Charles Rayfield
1924-2012
Charles Rayfield, age 88, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Sunday, March 25.
He was a member of San Clemente Catholic Church and an officer with the Knights of Columbus. Charles proudly served in the United States Navy during WWII, where he was a Purple Heart recipient.
He was an avid craps player who loved driving to see new sights and visit new areas.
Charles was preceded in death by his wife, Bernadette Rayfield.
He is survived by his daughter, Brenda Dixon and husband, Paul, of Los Lunas; daughter, Christine East, of Aledo, Texas; grandson, Lee Wood, of Reno, Nev.; grandsons, Aaron and Stephen Fisher, of Dallas, Texas; and great-grandsons, Noah and Gunner.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to San Clemente Catholic Church.
For service details, please contact Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 866-9992, 2211-D Main St. An online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Mary F. Saiz
1931-2012
Mary F. Saiz, age 80, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away at her home peacefully with her family by her side, Thursday, March 22.
She is preceded in death by her husband, John F. Schmitt; son, Edward Schmitt; father, Logan Watley; mother, Ollie Mae Watley; brothers, Cecil Watley and wife, Mary, Logan Watley, James Watley and wife, Ollie, Claud Watley and wife, Gladys, Jerry Watley and wife, Bernice; sisters, Lilly Mae Threadgill and Hazel  L. Watley; and nephew, Charles S. Earnest.
Mary is survived by daughters, Rose Mary Stockton, Linda S. Marquez and husband, Robert, Charlotte A. Land and husband, Harlod; former husband and friend, Frank Saiz; stepson, David Saiz and wife, Judy; brother, Clarence Watley; grandchildren, Travis Marquez, Robert Lee Marquez, Cherri Gentry, Brenda Tsokanos; great-grandchildren, Pricilla Marquez, Robert Lee Marquez Jr., Dakota Marquez, Joshua Gentry, Sophia Grace Tsokanos, Demetrios Tsokanos; great-great-grandchildren, Deztiny Marquez, Zechariah Ray Inmon; and many loving nieces and nephews .
A viewing was held Monday, March 26, at Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, and a graveside service was Tuesday, March 27, at Terrace Grove Cemetery.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.