Deaths and funerals (06/23/12)


Michael L. Gabaldon
Died 2012
Michael L. Gabaldon, age 54, of Belen, passed away on Saturday, June 16.
Mike was employed by BNSF Railway for the past 34 years. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Signalmen. He served as a reserve deputy sergeant with the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office for eight years.
Mike is preceded in death by his parents, Joe P. Gabaldon and Molly Sanchez Gabaldon; his brother, Danny Gabaldon; and his nephew, Steven Fields.
Mike is survived by his three children, Marie Gallegos and husband, Jeremiah, Joe Gabaldon and wife, Rachel, and Chris Gabaldon and his beloved dog, Cleo. He is also survived by his brother, Leroy Gabaldon; his sister, Geraldine Fields and husband, Roderick; his grandchildren, Gracie and Jace Gabaldon, Isaiah and Isaac Gallegos; his niece Clara Moran and husband, Richard; and his grandnieces Molly and Maggie; and many other special friends and family members.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 30, at the First Baptist Church of Los Chavez, 09 Los Chavez Park Road.

Marie Corrine Garcia
Marie Corrine Garcia, age 65, a resident of Belen, passed away Wednesday, June 20.
A viewing will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, June 26, at Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at

Pedro A. Lucero
Died 2012
Pedro A. Lucero, age 85, a resident of Bosque Farms, passed away on Wednesday, June 20.
He is survived by his loving family.
All services will be held at Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St. NE., beginning with a viewing at 5 p.m., Monday, June 25. A Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. Mr. Lucero will be laid to rest at 3 p.m., Tuesday, June 26, at the Santa Fe National Cemetery with military honors.
Arrangements are entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 565-1700. Please visit Mr. Lucero’s online guest register at

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

James H. Smith
James H. Smith, age 61, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away Sunday, June 17, at his home.
He served in the U.S. Army for six years from 1968-1974, as well as the DAV and other veteran organizations. He was employed by Phelph’s Dodge Mining Company from 1974-78.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ida Beatrice Harris; father, Kenneth A. Smith; and brother, Thermon A. Smith.
James is survived by two brothers, Kenneth I. Smith of Elephant Butte, and Paul D. Smith of Thatcher, Ariz.; three sisters, Joyce A. Burris, of Caballo, N.M., Sharon Mascone, of Albuquerque, and Susan Holden, Stafford, Ariz.; 10 nieces and nephews and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
A celebration of James’ life will be set at a later date in Truth or Consequences.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at