Deaths and funerals (03/31/12)


Celia C. Archuleta
Died 2012
Celia C. Archuleta, age 80, a lifelong resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Tuesday, March 27.
She was a member of the Los Lunas Spanish Seventh Day Adventist Church. Celia worked for the Los Lunas Hospital and Training School for many years.
She loved the Lord and thanked him daily for all of the blessings she received even during the most difficult days. She was a thankful person.
Celia was passionate about her “Dallas Cowboys.” She never missed a game. If Celia was at a family gathering, we had to have the game on or make sure she was home in time to watch the game.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Juan and Josephita Archuleta; sisters, Ramey Gabaldon, Lucille Garcia; and two brothers, Benji and James Archuleta.
Celia is survived by her brothers, John Archuleta and his wife, Susan, Chris Archuleta, Ernesto Archuleta; sister, Nellie; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Celia’s niece, Carolyn, for all the love, support and care she gave Celia throughout her last few years.
All services will be held on Monday, April 2, at Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St. NE, beginning with a viewing at 10 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m., with Edwin Roc officiating. Celia will be laid to rest following the service at the Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Regina Gabaldon, Glen Gabaldon, Chris Archuleta, Michael Lutgen, Carolyn Lutgen and Hannah Lutgen. Honorary pallbearers will be John Archuleta and Lorenzo Sanchez.
Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 565-1700. Please visit Celia’s online guest register at

Sostia G. Baca
Sostia G. Baca, a resident of Belen, passed away on Monday, March 26.
She is at peace and will be eternally with those who precede her; her loving husband, Bennie G. Baca; parents, Juan and Eufracia Serna Giron; brother, Frank Giron; and son-in-law, Leroy Vaisa.
Sostia was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church and the Catholic Daughters. She was a loving and giving person. This was evident thru the many years of outstanding service and dedication at the Los Lunas Training School and later retiring from ARCA. She enjoyed spending time with the mentally challenged individuals that she worked with.
Sostia is survived by one son, Gilbert Baca, and wife, Lucy; three daughters, Mary Ann Vaisa, Diane Sanchez and husband, Raymond, and Terry Rae John; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister, Beatriz Silva and husband, Gilbert; brother, Joe Jiron; brothers-in-law, Tony Baca and wife, Sophie, and Eddie Baca and wife, Lucille; sisters-in-law, Eloisa Stephans and Margaret Romero; and many nephews, nieces and friends. She is also survived by her devoted and constant friends, Mary Driggers and Adela Baldonado and their families; and her caregiver, Rose Chavez.
“May you be in eternal rest. We love you.”
All services were held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, on Friday, March 30, with Father Francis Bijoy presiding. Interment followed at the Casa Colorada Cemetery.
A special thank you to the Presbyterian Hospice team, Katy Jameal, Sharon Sanders, Denise Chavez and Chaplin Suzanne.
Sign Sostia’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Anna Gallegos
Anna Gallegos, age 95, passed away on Tuesday, March 27, at 11:31 a.m., with her children by her side.
She is survived by her children, Ernest Gallegos of Los Lunas, Ruth Stauder (Michael) of Villa Grove, Ill., Theresa Gallegos of Crestview, Fla., and daughter-in-law, Josie Gallegos of Mesa, Ariz.; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends.
Anna was preceded in death by her parents, Ramon and Ida Garcia; husband, Arthur Gallegos; son, Arthur David Gallegos; daughter-in-law, Sue Gallegos; sister, Dora; and brothers, Daniel and Ernest.
She was born on Valentine’s Day in 1917, in Willard, N.M. Anna was a member of Risen Savior Catholic Community for more than 35 years.
Anna and her husband camped all over New Mexico, and traveled extensively throughout the United States. Faith and family were top priorities for Anna, and her greatest joy was being a wife and mother.
Friends may visit French-Wyoming Chapel from 6 to 7 p.m., Sunday, April 1. A Rosary service will follow at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m., Monday, April 2, at Risen Savior Catholic Community, 7701 Wyoming Blvd. NE, Albuquerque. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Anna’s memory to Risen Savior Catholic Community.
Please visit our online guestbook for Anna at French, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE, 823-9400.

Paul Komuro
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 13, 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)l 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