Deaths and funerals (04/25/12)


Michael “Mike” Anderson
Michael “Mike” Anderson, age 64, formerly of Belen and currently of Colorado Springs, passed away on Friday, April 20, after a battle with cancer.
Mike was preceded in death by his father, Mose “Andy” Anderson.
Mike is survived by his wife, Wanda; his two sons, Scott and Rodney; two grandchildren, Cody and Lou, all of Seattle, Wash.; his mother, Bea Anderson, of Fort Sumner, N.M.; his brothers, Tom Anderson of Colorado Springs, John Anderson, and his wife, Mary, of Belen; and his many nephews and nieces.
Mike graduated from Belen High School in 1967, then served in the U.S. Coast Guard. Mike’s hobbies included his Harley motorcycle, fishing in Saguache and all sports.

Willie Raymond Lackey Jr.
Willie Raymond Lackey Jr., 69,. was born May 11, 1942, in Cedarville, N.M., to Raymond and Beatrice (Gladwell) Lackey, and passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, April 20.
On Nov. 11, 1959, he was hired on as a brakeman for the Santa Fe Railroad. On March 18, 1960, he married Darline Brown in Albuquerque.
They made their home in Belen until his job transferred him to Portales in 1977. A little while later, he was promoted to conductor, which he did until his retirement in 2005.
Raymond enjoyed working on cars, wood working, and dancing. Most weekends you could find him at the “singles” dances held in the surrounding areas.
Raymond is survived by two daughters, Sheryl (Kent) Jones of Artesia, and Raeline Cain of Portales; five grandchildren, Stephanie (Jerome) Miranda, and Scott and Stacey Poe, all of Artesia, and Raesha Lackey and Garrett Cain of Portales; a great-granddaughter, Cameron Miranda of Artesia; three sisters, Wanda (Bill) Wood of Belen, Ruby Carter of Albuquerque, and Ruth (Jackie) Davidson of Corona, N.M.; along with numerous nieces and nephews and the mother of his daughters, Darline Howard of Clovis.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Private family memorial services for Willie Raymond Lackey, of Portales, will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. 575-356-4455,

Peggy L. Ortega
Died 2012
Peggy L. Ortega, 69, a resident of Belen, joined our Lord on Wednesday, April 18, after a short illness.
She loved and lived each day to its fullest.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Albert Ortega; two children, Cynthia Caldwell and Wally H., and Johnny Ortega and Stephanie; one grandson, Brian Caldwell and Andrea; and one granddaughter, Emma Ortega; one great-granddaughter, Alaina Caldwell. She also leaves behind one sister, Domie Esquivel and Glissie; two sisters-in-law, Julia Apodaca and Nery Madrid; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Private cremation has taken place.
Sign Peggy’s online register at

John T. Risse
John T. Risse, age 85, died on Friday, April 20, after suffering several strokes.
He was born Aug. 7, 1926, in Des Moines, Iowa, of the union of John E. and Marie Dufur Risse.
John is survived by his wife of 45 years, Alice Risse; his daughter, Karen Lynn and husband, Jeffrey, of Memphis, Tenn.; one sister, Rosalie Cramer of Minneapolis, Minn.; three sisters-in-law, Helen Risse of Sioux Falls, S.D., Marian Thompson and husband, Kenneth, of Roswell, and Nancy Donnelly and husband, Richard, of Kansas City, Mo.; one brother-in-law, Porter Kimmel and wife, Kay, of Rio Rancho; and 15 nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were two sisters, Mary Dietsch and Elizabeth Dierx; one brother, Robert Risse; and one brother-in-law, Edgar Kimmel.
John was a born electrical and mechanical engineer and worked for Sandia National Laboratories. He, and the companies that he worked for, held several patents that were the result of his innovation and creativity. He built his own motor home.
John graduated from Iowa State University and was a Navy veteran.  He considered his greatest accomplishment to be the caregiver of his first wife for 9 1/2 years as a quadriplegic from polio.
His proudest moment though was when he witnessed his daughter’s graduation from Duke University with a master’s degree in environmental management.
John was a loving husband and father. He believed wholeheartedly in the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” He will be profoundly missed.
A memorial service will take place at French Mortuary, 10500 Lomas Blvd., N.E., at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 25.
In lieu of flowers, friends may make a donation in his name to the National Parks Foundation, (1201 Eye St., NW, STE 550B, Washington, D.C., 20005).
Please visit our online guest book for John at French, 10500 Lomas Blvd., NE, 275-3500.

Aurora Rivera
Aurora Rivera, age 96, passed away on Sunday, April 22.
Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Rosanna B. Roybal
Rosanna B. Roybal, age 60, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Wednesday, April 18.
She was a faithful member of the Los Lunas Congregation of Jehovah Witness. Rosanna was known as a caring woman, sending cards to her friends and relatives to let them know she was thinking of them. She was also known for making quilts and baby blankets for her friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Joe Roybal; mother, Emma Hamilton Roybal; and sisters, Kathy Roybal and Michelle Moore.
Rosanna is survived by her loving daughter, Michelle Scala and husband, Chris; and son, Joseph Hosang.
A funeral service will be held at the Los Lunas Congregation of Jehovah Witness at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, April 28. Interment will be held at a later date.
Sign Rosanna’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.