Deaths and funerals (05/30/12)


Lupe A. Carter
Lupe A. Carter passed quietly into the care of our Lord on May 25.
She was born Lupe Ann Baca, on the family ranch in Bernardo, on Sept. 10, 1937. She spent the majority of her life in Belen, where she met and married the love of her life, Charles V. Carter.
Together they raised five children. She was a loving wife, mother, sister and friend, who believed strongly in family and tradition. Lupe was the embodiment of quiet intelligence and loyalty, traits she taught her family to value.
Lupe attended Belen High School and was an active member of her class reunion committee. She graduated from the University of Albuquerque, St. Joseph’s on the Rio Grande, where she earned bachelor’s degrees in chemistry, physical science and Spanish.
Lupe subsequently worked at U of A until 1986 as a microbiology researcher. She continued her work in the area of research and quality control until her retirement.
Lupe was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Carter and her parents, Ruben Baca and Neph (Giron) Baca. She is survived by her children, Kathleen Cox and her husband, Harold, David Carter and his wife, Cynthia, Curtis Carter, Neph Frazer and her husband, Mark, and Rebecca Carter-Keesling and her husband, James.
Lupe had seven grandchildren, Jennifer Foller, Charles C. Carter, Christopher Carter, Carey Carter, Jasmine Keesling, Calen Keesling and David Perfetti; 10 great-grandchildren Marissa, Brooklynn, Charles, Sydney, Caleb, Abigail, Julian, Avery, Carter and Addison.  Lupe is also survived by her sisters and brother, Eileen Brubaker, Anna Gutierrez, MaryAnn Smith, Dolores Vallejos, Bernadette C de Baca, Ben Baca and their families.
A viewing and funeral service was held for family and friends at Romero Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, May 29.  Interment followed at Terrace Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers were David Carter, Curtis Carter, Charles Carter, Christopher Carter, Carey Carter and Calen Keesling. Honorary pallbearers were David Perfetti, James Keesling, Mark Frazer and Harold Cox.
Sign Lupe’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Leo Chavez
Leo Chavez, age 76, a resident of Los Trujillos, peacefully passed away at home on Saturday, May 26.
He was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eduardo and Piedad Silva Chavez; brothers, David, Joe, Abenicio and Oster Chavez; sisters, Elvira Barranca, Marcella Chavez and Lori Chavez; sons, Oster and Charles Chavez.
Leo is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Helen Chavez; daughters, Delma Carrillo and husband, Ronnie, Bessie Garcia and Judy Olguin and husband, Anthony; sons, Lawrence and Michael Chavez; grandchildren, Amanda Luna, Melissa Carrillo, Christopher Garcia, Jason Carrillo, Jonathan Garcia, Nicholas Olguin and Nicole Olguin; great-grandchild, Richard Luna; and brothers, Irvin, Alfonso and Jerry Chavez.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Wednesday, May 30, beginning with a visitation at 10 a.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 10:30 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Jason Carrillo, Christopher Garcia, Nicholas Olguin and Jonathan Garcia.
Sign Leo’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Lawrence Neill Fagan
Lawrence Neill Fagan, a longtime resident of Socorro County, passed away on Sunday, May 27.
He was born on March 27, 1947, in Belen to Fuzzy and Vera Fagan. Larry worked as a livestock inspector for 38 years. He loved his job and loved the livestock industry.
Larry had many talents, he was a gifted artist, working with paints, pencil, as well as sculpture, leather work was also a talent of his. He made many beautiful saddles, chaps and tack. Larry was a caring and compassionate man who cared deeply for his family, especially his grandchildren.
Larry is survived by his longtime companion, Betty McDaniel of Socorro; his daughters, Macky Fagan-Padilla and husband, Frankie, of Los Lunas, and Petra Fagan of Lemitar; his loving grandchildren, Lucas and Sterling Padilla, Bryan Fagan and Jacob and Jordan Kehler; and his sister, Nan Lane and husband, Terry, of Bernardo.
A Rosary will be recited at 8:30 a.m., Friday, June 1, at the San Miguel Catholic Church followed by a Mass of Resurrection, which will be celebrated at 9 a.m. with Father Andrew Pavlak. Interment will take place in the San Pedro Cemetery. A reception will be held at the San Antonio Fire Station.
To view information or leave a condolence, please visit Larry’s care has been entrusted to Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St., Socorro, 575-835-1530.