Deaths and funerals (05/23/12)

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Mary Lou Romero
1939-2012
Mary Lou Romero, age 73, a resident of Belen, went home to our Heavenly Father on Sunday, May 20.
She was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.
Mary Lou was a waitress at the “Big Scoop” in her younger days and at several different places throughout the years. She enjoyed her trips to Laughlin and spending time at the casinos.
She loved to visit her friends at the senior citizen center and enjoyed playing bingo and scrabble.
Mary Lou also enjoyed being outdoors picking piñon.
Her delight was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in by her husband, Manuel Romero; parents, Jose M. Gallegos and Teresa Jaramillo-Gallegos; two sons, Stephen and Paul Romero; daughter, Angela Romero; granddaughter, Stephanie Gonzales; two grandsons, Joshua and Jeramiah Romero; four brothers, Felix, Rupert, Larry and Arnold Gallegos; and four sisters, Marcella Yalch, Liz Prado, Trinnie Gonzales and Catherine Ortega.
Mary Lou is survived by her children, Phillip Romero,  Debbie Romero-Aragonez, and companion, Mario Jurado, Carolyn Romero and fiancée, Thomas Tafoya; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and two on the way; siblings, Tony Gallegos, Pat Gallegos and wife, Delia, Maria “Fammy” Pillado, and Gene Gallegos and wife, Evelyn. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
A public viewing will be held at 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 23, at Romero Funeral Home Chapel with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. A final visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, May 24, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m.
Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Xavier, Willie and Isaiah Romero and Wilfred, Sandra and Anthony “Guy-Guy” Gonzales. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the senior citizens from the Belen and Del Rio centers.
Sign Mary Lou’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

William J. (Bill) Van Buskirk
Died 2012
William J. (Bill) Van Buskirk, 87, formerly of Los Chavez, passed away quietly on May 9, with his wife and son at his side.
He was employed at Los Alamos National Laboratory and was a civilian participant in the construction of atomic weapons during World War II.
He was truly blessed with 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
His move to Lake Stevens, Wash., gave him the opportunity to include even more family into his life.
Bill was a loving and caring Christian husband, father and grandfather. He will be truly missed.
“A good character is the best tombstone. Those who love you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not on marble,” said Charles H. Spurgeon. And he has.
In lieu of flowers, if you wish, please consider a donation to the American Association on Intellectual and Development Disabilities.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 26, in the chapel of  Memorial Gardens, 417 East Rodeo Dr., in Santa Fe.

Mary Elizabeth (Davis) Walsh
1926-2012
Mary Elizabeth (Davis) Walsh left this world on Thursday, May 10, surrounded by her loving family. She is now in the presence of her Lord Jesus, and will remain there for eternity.
Mary was a devout and humble Catholic, living her life in the light of the Lord. She was a shepherd to her children and asked only for a simple and giving life. She will be sorely missed and forever remembered by her family and friends.
Mary was born in New York, N.Y.,  to Lawrence and Elizabeth Davis, of Baltimore, Md., who preceded her in death. She was married to Dr. Richard A. Walsh, of New York, N.Y.
Mary is survived by her 13 children, Matthew, Peter, Bridget, John, Philip, Jane, Terrence, Regis, Norah, Dennis, Kevin, Catherine and Margaret; her brother Justin Davis, of Pittsfield, Mass.; and 53 grand and great-grandchildren.
Mary lived in New York City, and then Elyria, Ohio, before marrying  and moving back to New York City. The family moved to Silver City in 1956 when Dr. Walsh left military service at Fort Knox, Ken.
After raising her children, Mary graduated with a B.S. from Newman University, Wichita, Kan. She went on to get a master’s degree in counseling from Wichita State in Kansas. She spent years as a job counselor and helped many young  people with traumatic brain injury  enter the working world.
Mary moved to Peralta in 1990 after having a severe illness, from which she made an incredible recovery. She most recently lived with her son, John, and his wife, Ida, of Peralta, where she was attended to by her children in her final journey. Her loving family came together, fulfilling her final wish, and her daughters lovingly helped her through her  time of need.
Mary was a servant of God. She was devoted to Our Lady, the Mother of God. She attended Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Peralta. She was a life-long contributor to Catholic charities.
Mary was a member of the Legion of Mary, the Blue Army, a eucharistic minister to the home bound, and a mother volunteer at Los Niños Children’s Home.
A Funeral  Mass will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Peralta at 10 a.m., Friday, May 25. Mass will be preceded by a Rosary at 9:30 a.m. Interment will be at the parish cemetery after the Mass.
The family would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to the ladies of Our Lady Of Guadalupe Parish for their kindness and generosity in this time of our sorrow, as well as Father Donatus for his timely attendance  in ministering to the sick.
The family would also like to acknowledge effort well beyond the call of duty from daughters Jane Hadley (Walsh) CNP,  Dr. Norah Walsh GP,  Bridget Noce (Walsh) and Mary’s daughter-in-law Ida Walsh.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to a charity of choice at the parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Peralta.