Deaths and funerals (05/02/12)


Christopher Bailey
Christopher Bailey, a resident of Tierra Grande, Fairfax, Va.; and Colorado Springs, Colo., passed away at the age of 42 on Thursday, April 26.
Mr. Bailey was an author and English tutor. He was widely travelled, having lived and toured in Europe, the Middle East and various locations in the United States.
He was educated in Department of Defense schools abroad and in the United States, as well as at the American International School in Israel, and was a graduate of Robinson High School in Fairfax.
Through these experiences, he acquired many friends in the United States and overseas. Christopher was an accomplished athlete, specialized in information technology, and very talented in mathematics and abstract logic.  He was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society when he graduated from college with a major in English.
Mr. Bailey was the proud uncle of two nieces and one nephew; and the brother of Major Anthony Bailey, U.S. Army. Mr. Bailey also leaves his grandmother, Etta, aunt Deborah, cousins and extended family members.
He is fondly remembered by friends to include Richard Jones of Illinois, the Mitchell family of Minnesota, the Reynolds family of Tennessee, special friends in New Mexico, Colorado and Virginia, and by many he knew through his experiences in the treatment of his severe paralysis at Kindred and Presbyterian Hospitals in Albuquerque.  Christopher is also survived by his loving parents, Dr. Barbara Bailey and Colonel Arthur Bailey.
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

Nestor Gallegos
Nestor Gallegos, age 80, a resident of Belen, passed away at Lovelace Hospital surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, April 29.
He was born in Jarales to Ignacio and Estella Sanchez Gallegos. Nestor was known for his wit and bolo tie, which he always wore.
Nestor loved to go for coffee every morning with his buddies at McDonalds and Frances’s restaurants. His wife would tease him about them saying women were mitoteros, but it was them that were mitoteros.
He served as city manager in Belen and Taos, director of collection and enforcement for the state under Gov. Dave Cargo, 16 years in the PERA Board, 12 years as director for the State Employees Credit Union and later retired from the state. He was also a 37C and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus member.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Juliana “Becky” Sackett, which he missed very much; his parents; three brothers, Moises, Fr. Albert and Alfred Gallegos; three sisters, Carmen Flick, Diana Baughman and Bernadette Gallegos; father and mother-in-law, Estevan and Rebecca Archuleta; three brothers-in-law, Abelino Sanchez, Bob Flick and Tony Archuleta; and two sisters-in-law, Aurelia Gallegos and Maria Martinez.
Nestor is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Frances Archuleta Gallegos; two daughters, Darlene Cook and husband, Paul, and Loretta Levy and husband, Larry, of Albuquerque; two sons, Steven Gallegos of Albuquerque and Charles and Rose, of Belen; six grandsons, Gerrad and Tyrell Sackett of California, Aaron Cook of Indiana, Michael Levy of California, David Levy of Albuquerque and Ryan Gallegos of Belen; and one granddaughter, Corynn Sackett of California. He loved his children and grandchildren very much.
He is also survived by his three brothers, Ignacio Gallegos and wife, Alicia, of New Jersey, his twin brother, Manuel Gallegos and wife, Theresa, of Belen, and Fr. David Gallegos of California; one sister, Mary Sue Sanchez of Belen; three sisters-in-law, Vergie Gallegos of Belen, Emma Herrera and husband, Lorenzo, of Nambe, and Arabella Giron and husband, Juan, of Nambe; one brother-in-law, Leo Archuleta and wife, Perfie, of Albuquerque; and many loving nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel at 5 p.m., Friday, May 4, with a Rosary to be recited at 6:30 p.m. A final visitation will be held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Jarales at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 5,  with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens. A reception will be held following the burial at Our Lady of Belen Parish Hall.
Sign Nestor’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Maria B. Mendoza
Maria B. Mendoza, age 80, a lifelong resident of Belen, went home to be at peace with the Lord on Saturday, April 28.
She was loved by everyone who knew her and will be greatly missed by all her family and many friends.
She loved to go play bingo and lit up every time she saw her grandchildren. Maria was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernesto Mendoza; parents, Raymundo and Petra Fajardo Baldonado; and siblings, Juan Baldonado and Manuelita Jiron.
Maria is survived by her eight loving children, Tina Tafoya, Rose Santillanes and husband, Manuel, Lillian Garley and husband, Bobby, Ernesto F. Mendoza Jr. and wife, Debbie, Maria Lucia Cole and husband, Harrison, Janet Baca and husband, Danny, Lorraine Mendoza and fiancé, Leo Ortega, and Moncia I. Baldonado; 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Placido Baldonado and wife, Jennie, Ray Baldonado and wife, Carmen; sister, Ursula Peralta; sister-in-law, Lydia Romero; and two brothers-in-law, Daniel Mendoza and wife, Maggie and Adolpho Mendoza. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. A final visitation will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, May 3, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at noon. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Sign Maria’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.
Dimas A. Padilla
Died 2012
Dimas A. Padilla, age 81, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 26.
He was a two-time cancer survivor.
Mr. Padilla is preceded in death by his mother, Irene Baca; father, Celso Padilla; and three brothers, Ishmael, Victor and Manuel Padilla. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Corrine Padilla; three children, LeRoy Padilla and his wife, Carmen, Donna Padilla Chavez and James Padilla and his wife, Loretta; 10 grandchildren, Leroy Padilla II, Regina Vallejos, Julie Padilla, Charleen Saucedo, April Armstrong, Dimas Padilla, Victoria Padilla-Mendez and her husband, Devan, Anthony Padilla, Eric Padilla and Leandra Padilla; 12 great-grandchildren, Santana Padilla, Haylan Padilla, Savannah Padilla-Mendez, Aniya Padilla, Isaiah Padilla, Chyann Barela, Andrea Vallejos, Deanna Prieto, Silas Abeyta and Nasiah, Zarius and Aizzlyn Perea; two siblings, Tony Romero and his wife, Amanda, and Mrs. Patricia Rael, as well as many nieces, nephews and countless family members who loved and adored him.
Services were held Tuesday, May 1, at Riverside Los Lunas Chapel, 820 Main St. NE., in Los Lunas. Burial followed at the Los Lentes Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Leroy Padilla II, Julie Padilla, Dimas Padilla, Anthony Padilla, Eric Padilla, and Leandra Padilla; honorary pallbearers were Regina Vallejos, Charleen Saucedo and Victoria Padilla-Mendez.
Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 565-1700.