Deaths and funerals (06/20/12)


Pablo Beltran Garcia
Pablo Beltran Garcia went to meet our Lord on Friday, June 15. He was 66 years old. Pablo was a resident of Los Lunas and formerly of Belen.
He was a member of San Clemente Catholic Church and previously of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. Pablo was a devoted and loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He was born in Belen in 1946 to Jose and Lugardita Garcia. Pablo liked fishing, going to the casino and eating out. He loved to sit outside in the evening and play his guitar with family and friends and was very humorous, always making people laugh.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jose L. Garcia; mother, Lugardita (Ortiz) Garcia; brother, Erminio Garcia; sister-in-law, Rita Garcia; son, Tony “Tiny” Sanchez; and an infant son, Joseph Garcia.
Pablo is survived by his loving son and daughter, Arthur Garcia and Carol Archibeque and husband, Steve; devoted companion, Valerie Sanchez; and her daughter, Melissa Torrez and husband, Freddie; grandchildren, Kyana Garcia, Dissarae, Derrick and Armando Archibeque, Joshua, Alex and Liz Moore, Santiago, Kyle and Nelieya Sanchez; and several great-grandchildren; siblings, Ernest, Jerry and wife, Yolanda, Mike and wife, Gloria, Vera Jaramillo and husband, Ricky, Anthony and wife, Colleen, Joe and wife, Lorraine, Jakie and wife, Norma, Frances Garcia and husband, Gilbert, Norma Blea and husband, Tony; and sister-in-law, Sally Garcia. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins; as well as the mother of his children and good friend, Criselda Garcia.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Wednesday, June 20, beginning with a visitation at 10:30 a.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 11:30 a.m.. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
The family would like to thank the family and friends who showed love and support during this difficult time. They would also like to thank the staff of the Cardiac Critical Care Unit at Presbyterian Hospital and the hospice staff at Anna Kaseman Hospital. They provided kind and compassionate care to Pablo during his last days.
Sign Pablo’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Manuelita Gonzales
Manuelita Gonzales, age 90, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Monday, June 18.
Born Nov. 11, 1921, to Juan Salazar and Elsie Chavez, she was a member of San Clemente Catholic Church.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Frank Gonzales; sons, Rueben, Bernie, Robert, Ray and Steven; and brothers, Jose, Ricardo, Josepha, Petro and Ricarte.
Manuelita is survived by her children, Virginia, Linda, Yolanda, Theresa, Bernadette, Jimmy, Herman and Johnny; 28 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.
All services will be held at San Clemente Catholic Church beginning with a viewing at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 21, followed by a vigil service at 7 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Friday, June 22.  Interment will follow at San Clemente Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Billy Zambranbo, Adrian Zambrano, Ray Gonzales, Miguel Rivera, Joel Gonzales and Delphine Salazar. Dante Gonzales will serve as honorary pallbearer.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave, 864-4448.  An online guest register is available at

Sosteno “Sonny” Gurule
Sosteno “Sonny” Gurule, age 68, born Oct. 1, 1943, a resident of Belen, peacefully went home with the Lord on Thursday, June 14.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Lucio Gurule and Mary Chavez; his sister, Elizabeth Parker; brother, Ruben Gurule; and son-in-law, Richard Ruiz.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Lydia Gurule; daughters, Diane Ruiz, Lorrie Gurule and Rebecca Lopez and husband, Robert, Rosalie Torres and husband, Ed, Renee Gurule and fiance, Andrew Birner, Raylene Garcia and husband, Eddie Garcia, all of Belen; sons, Ruben Gurule and wife, Jazmine, and Russell Gurule, both of Belen; his sisters and brothers; and 19 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, June 20, and a Rosary will the held at 7 p.m. at  Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 21, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.

James N. Hopkins
James N. Hopkins, age 30, died Monday, June 11, on the Mississippi in Dubuque, Iowa, after a river accident.
Friends may gather at 2 p.m., Thursday, June 21, at Calvary Chapel Rio Grande Valley in Belen.
James was born on Sept. 17, 1981, in Mesa, Ariz. He is the son of Harvey Brett and Robyn Sue Adams. He married Sharon Thill on May 12, 2005, in Belen.
He was working for Klauer Manufacturing in Dubuque, Iowa. He was a loving father and husband, who enjoyed gardening, fishing and being outdoors.
He will forever be missed by his wife, Sharon; two children, Tayllir, 22 months, and Harvey James, 4 months; his parents, Harvey Brett and Robyn Sue Adams of Belen; his father-in-law, Marty Thill of Dubuque, Iowa; grandparents, Robert and Betty Thill of Massey Station of Dubuque, Iowa, and Harvey and Sue Adams of Show Low, Ariz.; six sisters, Brandie, Danelle, Michelle, Chelsie, Tesla and Hanna.

Perry J. McElroy  
Perry J. McElroy passed away  suddenly on Sunday, June 17.
Arrangements are being handled by Daniel’s Funeral Services, 892-2945.

Margaret J. “Lola” Pena
Margaret J. “Lola” Pena, age 92, a resident of Belen for the past 55 years, greeted her Lord and Master at the open gates of heaven on Saturday, June 16, after complications from hip surgery.
She was born in Slaton, Texas, on Jan. 31, 1920, to Lucas Jacques and Tiburcia (Aguilar) Jacques, who preceded her in death, along with her sister Frances “Pancha” (Jacques) Vela, and her five brothers, Jesus, Manuel, Jose, Faustino and Juan Jacques, all of Clovis.
Margaret was greeted in heaven by her grandson, Thomas “Tom” Dziuk; her favorite dance partner, our dad, Guadalupe T. Pena; her nephew, Don Vela; niece, Mary Esther Vela; and grand-niece, Mary Esther Romero.
Margaret and Lupe were married in Oakland, Calif., in 1940. Due to paralyzing arthritis Lupe brought his bride back to New Mexico to be with family and hope for recovery. She never left New Mexico again.
Although she had only a second-grade education, she taught herself to read and stressed the importance of learning to her three children, Cruz Anne (Robert) Dziuk of Belen, Stephen (Lenore) Pena of Belen and Christine Pena of Los Lunas.
Margaret made many friends through the small diner she owned for a number of years in Belen, and having worked as a short order cook in various other eating establishments, including Roy’s, Ruth’s, Lloyd’s, Joey’s, Gil’s Bakery and Cafe, Lillian’s and the White Way.
She had two loyal waitresses that followed her wherever she worked, Josie Williamson and Cleo Vallejos. Both will be glad to see their old friend again.
Margaret was an accomplished homemaker and seamstress. Her specialty was crocheting and she created many beautiful items in her lifetime. She was more comfortable speaking Spanish than English and was a great fan of the telenovela.
Margaret is survived by her three children and special, favorite niece and best friend, Josie Ortega of Albuquerque; her grandchildren, Mike Dziuk of Belen, Lupe Pena of Las Vegas, Nora Pena of Albuquerque, Eloy Pena of Belen and Roberta Pena-Benard of Albuquerque; great grandchildren, Tyler and Alec Dziuk of Los Lunas, Angelita Pena and Vanessa Molina of Albuquerque; her nephews, Lucas Vela and family, Jimmy Vela and family, Frances “Frenchie” (Vela) Rayburn and sons of Clovis, Irene Romero and family of Clovis, Marcella Porras and family of Edgewood, Barbara Morales and family of Meadow Lake, and Dolores Varela and family of San Diego, Calif.
Even though we had the pleasure of her company for this long, she will still be greatly missed.
A viewing will be held at Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel at 6:30 p.m., Friday, June 22, followed by a Rosary at 7 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at San Clemente Catholic Church at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 23. Interment will follow at a later date.
Urn bearers will be her great-grandchildren, Tyler and Alec Dziuk, Angelita Pena and Vanessa Molina.
Margaret’s final resting place will be with her sister at Mission Gardens Cemetery in Clovis. She is truly home again.
You can dance across heaven now Mom, and no more headaches. Rest in peace, until we meet again. Love you, the kids.
Arrangements are being handled by the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at

Patti Sandoval
Died 2012
Patti Sandoval, 60, God’s faithful servant and a resident of Peralta,  went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 9.
She is survived by husband, Rudy; children, Justin Averna and wife, Tiffany, Jesse Averna and wife, Michelle, Nicolas and Mariah Sandoval; brother, Richard Sammons and wife, Judy; sisters, Betty Elder and husband, Virgil, Becky Garcia and husband, Matthew; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 23, at Calvary Chapel’s New Harvest, 601 Main St. in Los Lunas.

Nancy J. Soto
Nancy J. Soto, age 74, a resident of Belen, peacefully passed away on Thursday, June 14.
She was a loving mother and leaves behind two sons, Herb Smith and Joseph L. Sawyer; and 12 siblings. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Services will be held at a later date.
Sign Nancy’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.