Deaths and funerals (04/04/12)


Conrad Dimas “Rod”
Conrad Dimas “Rod” Collins, age 50, was born March 5, 1962, and passed away on Friday, March 30.
He was employed by Adelante, where he was a loving caregiver and well respected by his coworkers. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Rod was a member of Mission Valley Church and enjoyed fishing, bowling, playing Scrabble and was also an avid 49ers and San Francisco Giants fan.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Anna Tabora Mendez; great-grandmother, Petra Tafoya; and grandparents, Dimas and Estefana Tabora. Rod is survived by two sisters, Lisa Collins and Monica Lente; brothers-in-law, Ron Grindel and Joshua Lente; nieces, Amanda Collins, Alicia and Adriana Carabajal and Gabriella Lente; great-niece, Elizabeth; great-nephew, Santiago; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He also held a special place in his heart for his close friend, Dorothy.
A celebration of his life will be held at 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, at Mission Valley Church, 33 El Cerro Road in Los Lunas.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 866-9992, where an online guest register is available at

Juan Diaz
Juan Diaz, age 12, a resident of Belen, passed away on Friday, March 30.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Wednesday, April 4, beginning with a viewing at 11 a.m., a Rosary to be recited at 11:30 a.m. and a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 12 p.m.
Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Sign Juan’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Mary Gonzales
Mary Gonzales, age 83, a resident of Belen, passed away Monday, April 2.
Contact the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel for service information at 864-4448, or visit our guest register, at

Cella “Sally” Blanche Williams Schaefer Milavec
Cella “Sally” Blanche Williams Schaefer Milavec, of Rio Communities, graduated to Heaven on Thursday, March 29.
One of 12 children, Sally was born June 8, 1927, in Loving, N.M., to Roxie and Frank Williams. They owned a farm in Loving.
She graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1944. During WWII, she worked as a Navy secretary in San Diego. She married Paul Schaefer, a Naval Aviator, in Carlinville, Ill., on May 31, 1947.
They had two children together, Paulette and Mike. Paul was killed in May 1951 while serving as a combat pilot in the Korean War.
She married Joe T. Milavec on June 29, 1952, in Roswell. They had two children together, Vince and Sally Ann.
Joe preceded her in death in January 1995. She is survived by her longtime, beloved companion, Lemoin “Hoppi” Hopkins; children, Paulette V. Misanko and husband, Mel, Michael A. Schaefer and wife, Sheri, Vincent T. Milavec and wife, Leslie, Sally Ann Milavec and husband, Hugo Sevcik. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Desiree, Stefan, Sarah, Shaun, Nikki, Logan, Jade, Talaya, Adam and Jenna; and nine great-grandchildren, two sisters and three brothers.
She lived in Los Lunas since December 1965. She and her husband, Joe Milavec, were owners of Milavec Realty.
She was well thought of in the community and did numerous charitable contributions to countless individuals and various organizations including Boys and Girls Ranches in Belen. She was also recognized as an “Unsung Hero” for her work in providing coats for elementary school children in Los Lunas.
She was a loving, generous, compassionate wife, mother and grandmother. She will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her.
She loved people, playing bridge and belonged to three bridge groups until the end of her life. She also loved to read and dance, and have friends over for dinner, fun and games. She was a feisty red-head, who made everyone’s life better.
Sally’s funeral will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 7, at Church Alive, 4601 Avocet Rd. NW.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Ranches, Boys and Girls Ranches of N.M., P.O. Box 9, Belen, N.M., 87002.
Please visit our online guestbook for Sally at French, 9300 Golf Course Road, NW, 897-0300.