Deaths and funerals (06/09/12)


Armando “Joker” Rafael Arellano
Armando “Joker” Rafael Arellano, age 23, passed away Friday, June 1.  He was a member of Legally Insane MC.
Armando loved motorcycles since he was 5 years of age. He loved music, and was so full of life. He loved to be around his family and his boys and little sisters.
He also liked to work on his motorcycle, which he called his wife, to ride his four wheeler and kept his car nice and clean. He had so many plans and dreams for the future, and would always would say “What’s up Girlllll.”
He was a happy person and liked to joke around. He was a Big Steelers fan and a clean freak.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Rodolfo Garza; his uncle, Juan Roman Garza; his paternal grandfather, Gonzalo Chavez; uncle, Levy Arellano Jr.; cousin, Crystal M. Martinez-Arellano; and his Legally Insane MC, friend Mikey.
Armando is survived by his mother, Lucy M. Garza-Valtierra; step dad, Gerardo Valtierra; father, Earl A. Arellano; maternal grandmother, Juana Rodriguez; paternal grandmother, Theresa Chavez; paternal grandfather, Levy Arellano Sr. (Maria); two sisters, Selena M. Garza-Valtierra and Ruby Angel Garza-Valtierra; two sons, Jeremiah Armando Stange (Arellano) and his mother, Samantha, and Armando Rafael Arellano II and his mother, Monique; maternal aunt, Mary Garza (Albeto); aunt, Margarita(Jesse); and uncle Robert; paternal aunt, Angelica, aunt Josphina (Johnny); uncle Jesus (Wife), and Juan; eight cousins on his maternal side; eight cousins on his paternal; various friends he considered brothers, Daniel, Diego, Andre, Santiago and Ruben; and his Legally Insane MC Friends, Robert, Paul, Angelo, Joe, Beto, Cisco, Reno and Duke; and lots more relatives and friends.
Services will be held at San Clemente Catholic Church,  Sunday, June 16, beginning with a visitation at 6:30 p.m., and a Rosary at 7:30 p.m. A funeral service will begin at 10 a.m., Monday, June 11, and the burial will follow a motorcycle procession.
Pallbearers will be Paul, Robert, Daniel, Ruben, Duke, Beto, Angelo, Chuy.  Honorary pallbearers will be Benny and Mario.
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

Elena Ernestine (Romero) Armijo
Elena Ernestine (Romero) Armijo, age 93, a resident of Belen, formerly of Gladstone, N.M., passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 6, with her children by her side.
Elena was born in Chico, N.M., on March 27, 1919. She grew up in Northeastern New Mexico, namely Chico, and met her future husband, Sam Armijo, while attending Tafoya School in Chico. They were married at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Springer on Nov. 24, 1935, and celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary in 2006.
Elena was a housewife and mother of 11 children. She was an avid seamstress and made most of their children’s clothing and household items, was active in their sheep and cattle business, raised chickens and also served as a substitute school bus driver for Union and Colfax counties.
In addition, her hobbies included crocheting, gardening, canning and especially quilting. She won several first, second and third place ribbons at the county fair in Springer, as well as an award for being the oldest quilter.
In her later years, she learned to play the guitar and sang in the church choir.  She had a wonderful sense of humor.
The Blessed Mother and the Sacred Wounds and Mercy of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, were Elena’s special devotions. She had a very strong love for her Catholic faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Cenaida Gomez Romero and J.L. Romero; husband, Sam Armijo; son, Alfonso; daughter, Lucinda; brothers, Andres, Fidel, Eliseo, Margarito and Joe L. Jr.; and sisters, Margarita, Anita and Manuelita.
Elena is survived by her children, Angelita Armijo-Saylor, Victor Armijo, Maria Alicia Armijo, Carolina Alexander, Beatriz Amadita Grine, J.B. Armijo, Gilbert Lewis Armijo, Gerald Armijo and Leduina Armijo; sister, Josephine Aranda; sisters-in-law, Esther Hererra, Rosalie Armijo, Lillian Trujillo, Virginia Garcia, Julia Cordova, Berta Chavez and Cecilia Mertz; 35 grandchildren, six step-grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
Services will be held at San Clemente Catholic Church in Los Lunas on Saturday, June 9, beginning with a viewing at 7 p.m., followed by a vigil service and the Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Services at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Springer will begin with a viewing at 9 a.m., Monday, June 11, a Rosary at 9:30 a.m., and a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Mt. Carmel Catholic Church Cemetery in Palo Blanco, N.M.
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

Yajaira Irazema Dominguez
Yajaira Irazema Dominguez, age 16, a resident of Belen, passed away on Tuesday, June 5.
A viewing will be held at 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 11, at San Juan Catholic Church in Veguita, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Veguita Catholic Cemetery.
Sign Yajaira’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Orlando C. Garcia
Orlando C. Garcia, age 82, a resident of Belen, passed away on Wednesday, June 6.
He was a life-long devoted member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, as well as a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Orlando proudly served four years in the United States Navy. He retired from AT&SF Railroad after 36 years of outstanding service.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carlos B. and Felipita Chavez Garcia; brother, Lawrence Garcia; and granddaughter, Dominica Urtiaga. Orlando is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Erlinda Sanchez Garcia; six children, Richard, Kathy and husband, Andrew Urtiaga, Lydia and husband, Brett Dalton, Dennis and wife, Donna, Dora Garcia, Lawrence and wife, Janine; 13 grandchildren, Jacob and Juan Diego Garcia, Andres and Marcos Urtiaga, Lucas, Dakota and Dana Dalton, Deanna and Derek Garcia, Joshua Baca, Justine and husband, Phillip Edwards, Orlando and Carlos Garcia; one great-granddaughter, Riley Baca; three sisters, Dolores Garcia, Ursula and husband, Bennie Sanchez, and Eva and husband, Bernard Sanchez. He is also survived by extended family and friends.
Riley Baca said “I love Great-Grandpa very much and wish I could have seen him one more day before he died.” We all feel the same way.
A viewing will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel at 5 p.m., Monday, June 11, with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. A final visitation will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 12, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will be held at 1:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 12, at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be his Godchildren, Jacob Garcia, Andres Urtiaga, Joshua Baca, Carlos Garcia, Michael Sanchez, Steve Garcia, Mark Sanchez and Marilyn Sanchez.
Sign Orlando’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Lois Hollinsworth
Lois Hollinsworth, age 84, of Clovis, passed away on Tuesday, June 5, at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis.
Lois was born on May 4, 1928, to Gideon Roy and Stella Mae (Wood) Hill in Walters, Okla. She married Bill C. Hollinsworth on Aug. 3, 1946, in Lawton, Okla.
Bill preceded Lois in death on Sept. 28, 1993. They lived in Belen for 26 years, where she worked at First National Bank of Belen before moving to Clovis in 1976.
Lois’ hobbies included doll collecting, crochet and playing cards. She worked at First National Bank in Clovis and retired from there after many years.
Lois was a member of the Claud Rainy Day Extension Club and Sandia Baptist Church.
Lois is survived by one daughter, Pam (David) Kendall of Clovis; one son, Terry (Doris) Hollinsworth of Belen; three grandsons, Brian (Kristina) Kendall of Broken Arrow, Okla., Alan (Dayna) Kendall of Clovis and Eric Hollinsworth of Albuquerque; one granddaughter, Elizabeth Rioux of Albuquerque; 10 great grandchildren, Audre, Sabrina, Zach, Leanna, Sarah, Kelsey, Dustin, Layla, Jazimine and Izabella; one sister, Geneva (C.L.) Reaid of Cullman, Ala.; three brothers, John (Jeannie) Hill of Palos Verdes, Calif., Joe (Barbara ) Hill of Albuquerque and Jim (Lynn) Hill of Richmond, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Graveside services are at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 9, at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens in Clovis, with Dr. Herbert Bergstrom officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Steed-Todd Funeral Home and Crematory, 800 E. Manana Blvd., Clovis, N.M., 88101, 575-763-5541.  You may also sign the online guestbook at

Joseph O’Connor
Joseph O’Connor, age 67, a resident of Belen, passed away Thursday, May 31.
He was preceded in death by his father, Frank O’Connor; mother, Marie O’Connor; and sister, Kathy Otis.
Joseph is survived by his wife, Beverly O’Connor; daughter, Teressa Witthoff; grandchildren, Mikayla Witthoff and Gavin Witthoff; daughter, Cameo Donahue; grandchildren, Faith Lucero and Chance Lucero; granddaughter, Amaris Fay; sister, Joan Barbosa; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at Calvary Chapel Rio Grande Valley at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 14.
Arrangements are being handled by the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 419 W. Reinken Ave., 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at

Gary Rapking
1960 2012
Gary Rapking passed on Wednesday, May 30, at Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a resident of Los Lunas.
Gary was the beloved husband of Tina; he left behind six children, Mark, Stephanie, Briana, Jacob, Jeff and Dustin; nine grandchildren, three sisters and one brother; and is survived by his mother and father.
There will be no services, but you may pay respects to the family if you like.