Deaths and funerals (04/28/12)

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Bernadine “Berna” Chavez
1953-2012
Bernadine “Berna” Chavez, age 59, a resident of Los Chavez, passed away on Monday, April 23.
She was a member of the Walmart family in Belen.  She was loved by everyone who knew her and will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Ruth Ashley; and stepfather, L.D. Ashley.
“Berna” is survived by her husband, Nathan; daughter, Marsha Reynolds; son, Jason Cann and wife, Rachel; six grandchildren, Timothy, Tiffini, Tonjya, Trevor, Addison and Dakota; two great grandchildren, Kayla and Ava; brother, Butch Ashley; sisters, Linda and Debbie; and numerous great friends and relatives.
Services are private.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 864-4448, 418 W. Reinken Ave., where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Alice Nevarez Gandara
1916-2012
Alice Gandara, known as “Licha” to her family and friends, passed away on Tuesday, April 24.
Licha was a resident of Albuquerque, formerly of Belen and Santa Clara, N.M.
She was a great storyteller, who had a quick wit and good sense of humor. She was a fisherman, hunter and avid baseball fan, especially the Atlanta Braves, but most of all, she will be remembered for her great smile and unconditional generosity.
There were no strangers to Licha; everyone she met was either a long-lost relative or she knew someone you knew.
You never left her home without a hot home-cooked meal; “No, thank you,” was not an option!
Her hospitality was known even in the mountains as the smell of fresh tortillas attracted many a “stranded” hunter. In her last years, she never complained of aches, pains or illness, and never said she was “old.”
She took great pride in her family history, being a Placencio and Nevarez and in being from Central.
For the past seven years, she attended Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church and was a lifelong member of Santa Clara Catholic Church, where she was also a lifelong member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Sacred heart of Mary, in addition to singing with her beautiful voice in the church choir.
Mrs. Gandara was preceded in death by her parents, Francisco and Bartola Nevarez; her loving husband of 49 years, Narciso Pena Gandara; sisters, Paula Maldonado, Jennita Madrid and Margarita Ruiz; and brothers, Trinidad Nevarez and Willie Vasquez. Also preceding her are son-in-law, Hector Diaz; daughter-in-law, Julia Johnston; nieces, Rosemary Campos and Francisca Becerra and nephew, Jimmy Ruiz.
Left to cherish her memory are her son, Frank G. Johnston and his companion, Lupe Murrillo; daughter, Alice M. Gandara-Diaz and her companion, Andres Gallegos; seven grandchildren, Charles Johnston, Julie Ann Johnston and companion, Michael Garcia, John Johnston and wife, Ursula, Joann Johnston and companion, Frank Green, Manuel Torres and wife, Aimee, Narciso Torres and wife, Lila and Jesse Diaz and wife, Isela; great-grandchildren, Michael Johnston, Christopher and Joseph Garcia, Keana, Renee and Narciso Torres III, Jazmine, Juztine, Jozlyn and Jesse Jayzon Diaz, Alicia Lopez and Catalina Mirabal. Also surviving are sister-in-law, Trini “Tito” Nevarez; nieces and nephews, Rita Salaiz, Danny Rodriguez, Joe and Rosie Nevarez, Connie Ruiz and their families, and numerous other nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Services, including a viewing, a Rosary and Funeral Mass, were held on Thursday, April 26, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 28, at Santa Clara Catholic Church.  Interment will follow in the Santa Clara Catholic Cemetery.
The family of Alice “Licha” Gandara would like to thank Father John C. Daniel of St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church for administering the Sacrament of Last Rites, Ambercare Hospice staffs from the Belen and Albuquerque offices, Dr. Joseph Aragon and Dr. Goldman and the staff of Southwest Medical in Los Lunas.
Gratitude is also extended for the kindness shown through thoughts, prayers, food and support during their loss.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Mary Katherine Huston
1975-2012
Mary Katherine Huston, age 36, a resident of Edgewood, passed away on Sunday, April 22.
Mary was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Howard and Catherine Huston; her maternal grandparents, Edwin and Mary Fuller; and her beloved brother, Howard Franklin Huston.
She is survived by her daughter, Jackie Rose Mager of Issaquah, Wash.; her parents, Earnie and Carol Huston of Los Chavez; sister, Debra Nalley of Boaz, Ky.; brother, Donnie Ray McCants Jr. of Maricopa, Ariz; nieces and nephews, Dawn Marie Nalley, Michael Wayne Nalley, Dorian James McCants and Isabelle Rae McCants; two aunts and their husbands, Michaeline and Louis Agnese and Carol and Jimmy House; and her uncle, Charles Andrew Fuller of Rio Communities.
Services will be at Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel on Monday, April 30, beginning with a viewing at 10 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m.  Interment will be private.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 864-4448, 418 W. Reinken Ave., where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Orville Kent
1932-2012
Orville Kent, age 79, a resident of Belen, passed away Friday, April 27.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Belen. He served in the U.S. Air Force, and was a Korean War veteran. Orville worked at Keller Crescent for 40 years in Evansville, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his father, Luther Kent; mother, Lola Kent; and brother, Luther Marion Kent Jr.
Orville is survived by his wife, Nancy Kent; six children, Rebecca Phipps, Cathy Oschman, Stacey Templeton, Julie Kent, Vikki Thompson and Gary Kent; 16 grandchildren; and his sister, Reba McLemore.
Services will be at Belen First United Methodist Church, Monday, April 30, beginning with a viewing at 5 p.m., followed by a funeral at 6 p.m. Interment with military honors will take place Tuesday, May 1, at Sandia Memory Gardens.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Matt Oschman, Kyle Oschman, Nick Oschman, Kevin Oschman, Jack Templeton and Alex Rivera.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in honor of Orville to the Leukemia Foundation or Myasthenia Gravis Foundation.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 864-4448, 418 W. Reinken Ave., where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Karol “Charlie” Kessler
1944-2012
Karol “Charlie” Kessler, age 68, a resident of Belen, passed away Tuesday, April 24.
He was born in Romania in 1944 to Ioan Benyi and Sofia Kessler and immigrated to the United States in 1982.
Charlie retired from the city of Belen in 2010 after 16 years of outstanding service. He loved fishing and being outdoors.
Charlie is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Margareta Kessler; two daughters, Klaudia Sanchez and husband, Steve, and Monika Trujillo and husband, Darren; five grandchildren, Enriques, Gabriella, and Estevan Sanchez, Azsa and Miklo Trujillo.
Services were held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel, and interment followed at Terrace Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Enriques and Jesus M. Sanchez, Ray Trujillo, Vali Suteu, Nicolae Spilca and Frank Baca. Honorary pallbearers were Gabriella and Estevan Sanchez, and Azsa and Miklo Trujillo.
Sign Charlie’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Stella H. McKee
1923-2012
Stella H. McKee, age 88, a resident of Belen, passed away on Tuesday, April 24.
She was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.
Stella is survived by her loving sister, Elizabeth Gnall of Albuquerque; and brother, Paul McKee of Chicago, Ill. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
A Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Friday, April 27. Interment followed 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.

Elsie M. Morgan
Died 2012
Elsie M. Morgan, 90, a resident of Bosque Farms, died Wednesday, April 18.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years , J.P. Morgan; son, Steve Morgan and wife, Phyllis; son, Alan Morgan and wife, Harriet; and seven grandchildren: Stacey, Patricia, Allison, Chase, Scott, Kathryn and Brooke.
Elsie was preceded in death by her father, Howard Stevens; and mother, Thelma Josephine Stevens.
Just after high school, Elsie left her small farming community of Sac City, Iowa, to journey to Washington, D.C., to support the WWII effort, where she worked with the Veteran’s Administration.
In Washington, she met her future husband, J.P. Morgan, who was serving in an anti-aircraft unit protecting the nation’s capitol. Elsie and J.P. moved to New Mexico from Texas in 1957.
They raised their family in Alamogordo, and later moved to Bosque Farms.
Services were held on April 21 at the First Baptist Church of Bosque Farms, with Pastor Sid West officiating. Interment has taken place at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE, Albuquerque.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Bosque Farms or the American Diabetes Association.
Please visit our online guestbook for Elsie at www.RememberTheirStory.com. French, 1111 University Blvd. NE, 843-6333.

Aurora B. Rivera
1915-2012
Aurora B. Rivera, age 96, a resident of Los Chavez, passed away on Sunday, April 22.
She was a member of the Catholic Church and a devoted Christian. Aurora was a mother with a nurturing spirit.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Buddy U. Rivera; son, David; parents, Florencio and Fermenia Ortega Benavidez; sisters, Amelia Perea, Florencia Perea and Lupe Benavidez; and brother, Frank Benavidez.
Aurora is survived by her loving son, Buddy L. Rivera and wife, Sheila; grandchildren, Nicole Rivera Shelton, Chandelle Rivera, Kaleb and Krizma Shelton, Briana and Brandon White, Michael, Phillip and Victor Rivera; several great-grandchildren; and sisters, Mary B. Olguin of Los Lunas and Agneda August of Los Angeles, Calif. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel at 11:30 a.m., Monday, April 30, with a funeral service at 12:30 p.m. Interment will follow at Terrace Grove Cemetery.
Sign Aurora’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Gary W. Sloan
1945-2010
Gary W. Sloan, who was born Nov. 19, 1945, to Millard and Bernice Sloan in Albuquerque, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, April 25, after a battle with cancer.
Gary was a heavy equipment mechanic and Baptist minister.
He is preceded in death by his mother and father; sister, Peggy Parkhurst; and brother, Donald Sloan.
Gary is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 42 years, Kathy Sloan; son, Wes Sloan and wife, Kathryn; daughters, Samantha Mensay and husband, Robert, Anna Hartline and husband, James; son, Rondo Sloan and wife, Melissa;  11 grandchildren, Wayne, Sabrena, Kristin and Lisa Sloan, Sissy and Graesen Hartline, Lacy Olivares and husband, Hank, L.K. Minton and Melissa Eastman and husband, Joseph. He is also survived by six great-granchildren, Kaiden, Darion, Samuel and Chloe Eastman, and Michael and Kevin Olivares; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Gary influenced many other lives,  all of which he considered family in the Lord.
Please join his family to celebrate his life at Los Chavez First Baptist Church, 9 Los Chavez Park Road, Belen, on Saturday April 28. Family visitation will start at 10 a.m., followed by celebration of life at 11 a.m.
Food and refreshments will be served immediately after in the Fellowship Hall at Los Chavez First Baptist Church.
Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St., 565-1700.  Please visit Gary’s online guest register located at www.riversidefunerals.com.

Leaford Windle
1936-2012
Leaford Windle, age 75, passed away on Sunday, April 8.
He was born in Virginia  on May 8, 1936, and raised in Southeast Kansas.
He was a long time resident of Belen, having moved here in 1968.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Esther (Thomas) Windle; his brothers, Paul R.  Windle and Warren F. Windle; and his son, Bryce Paul Windle.
Leaford is survived by his wife of 52 years, Nan Windle; his daughter Sherry L. and Stuart White; two grandchildren, Spencer and Samantha, of Littleton, Colo.; a brother, George and Laura Windle, of Eagle River Alaska.; a sister-in-law, Frances Windle of Albuquerque; and two nephews and two nieces.
A memorial service will be held on at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 1, at Belen  First Presbyterian Church, 85 Manzano Expressway.
If you wish to make a donation in memory of Leaford, it may be made to First Presbyterian Church,  P.O. Box 218, Belen, NM, 87002, or to a charity of your choice.
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.