Deaths and funerals (07/04/12)


Steven Charles Archibald
Steven Charles Archibald, age 49, a resident of Veguita, passed away Wednesday, June 27.
Arrangements are being handled by the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 864-4448, where a complete obituary and online guest register is available at,

Antonio “Tony” Archuleta
Antonio “Tony” Archuleta, 80, known by many as Junior, a lifelong resident of the Los Lunas area, passed away June 25.
Tony was born in Los Lunas on May 5, 1932, to Antonio J. and Isabel (Trujillo) Archuleta.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Norene Connelly Archuleta, who passed away June 24, 1965.
He is survived by daughter, Karen Stevenson of Arizona; sons, Anthony of Los Lunas, Charles (Pam) of Albuquerque, and Edward (DiAne) of Peralta; and daughter-in-law, Nicole Archuleta, from Los Lunas. Also surviving is his daughter, Anne Aragon of Los Lunas, who was very dedicated to her father during his illness; grandchildren, Charles’ son, Carlos, from Costa Mesa, Calif., Anne’s daughter, Monica, from Albuquerque, and Edward and DiAne’s children, Norene, LoriAnn and Jondiego Connelly Archuleta, and Jules (Rene) Pinzon and their children, James, Julianna, and Isaiah, all of Peralta.
Tony is also survived by his sister, Rose Kesslering, of San Antonio, Texas; brothers, Telesfor and wife, Celina, of Los Lunas, Agustin and wife, Pauline, of San Antonio, Texas, and Salomon from Belen,  along with many nephews and nieces from the Archuleta and Connelly families.
Tony was an alumnus of UNM and closely followed all Lobo sports, especially Lobo football and men’s basketball.
Special thanks go to Heritage Home Healthcare, SolAmor Hospice and the caring staff at the VA Hospital.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, June 30, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Peralta, with Fr. Hoi Tran officiating. Cremains were interred at Norene’s gravesite at the San Clemente Cemetery in Los Lunas in a private ceremony on the evening of June 30.
Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St. NE, 565-1700.  Please visit Tony’s online guest register at

Johnny Gutierrez
Johnny Gutierrez, age 52, a resident of Albuquerque,  passed away on Saturday, June 30.
Arrangements are being handled by the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 866-9992, 2211-D Main St., where a complete obituary and online guest register is available at,

Sergeant Joshua Lederer
Sgt. Joshua Lederer, age 29, resident of Los Lunas, passed away Monday, July 2.
He graduated from Los Lunas High School in 2001, and went on to be a soldier in the United States Army.
Joshua is survived by his mother, Ella Lederer of Los Lunas; father, Edwin Lederer of Georgia; two daughters, Riley and Emily of Washington; five brothers, Eddie of Georgia, Nic and wife, Lakeisha, of Georgia, Jeremy and wife, Cherie, of Georgia, his twin brother, Jason, of Colorado, Bryan and wife, Cecilia, of Illinois; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles, who all loved him dearly.
Services are pending.
Arrangements are being handled by the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 866-9992, 2211-D Main St., where an online guest register is available at

Emma Dorothy Menah Nicholson
Emma Dorothy Menah Nicholson, of Abilene, Texas, and formerly of Belen, Santa Rosa, Portales and San Antonio, Texas, passed away Friday, June 29.
She was born Emma Dorothy Menah on Oct. 27, 1932, in North Babylon, N.Y. She graduated from Babylon High School in 1950, Russell Sage College in 1954 and completed a master’s degree at Hofstra University.
A school teacher, Emma taught in West Islip, N.Y., and she also taught for the Department of Defense Schools in Misawa, Japan, Mildenhall, England and Torrejon, Spain.
Emma served her community as a Girl Scout leader and a member of Opti-Mrs in Belen. She was a post worthy-matron and held various other offices in several chapters of the Order of the Eastern Star in New Mexico. She was a member of the United Methodist Church.
Furthermore, Emma’s numerous family members and friends will fondly remember her  dry, sarcastic, side splitting sense of humor.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Col. Robert Nicholson, USAF (Ret.).  Emma is survived by her two daughters, Merry Kotschwar of Tijeras, and Lt. Col. Roberta Nicholson, USAF, of Starkville, Miss.; grandson, Ty Kotschwar of Albuquerque; and sister, Susanna Thomas of Storrs, Conn.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m., Friday July 6, in  the Daniels Family Funeral Service Carlisle Chapel. Inurnment will be with her husband in Desdemona, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 27.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Lung Association.
To view information or leave a condolence please visit . Daniels Family Funeral Services, 3113 Carlisle Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, 884-1188.

Keith G. Pederson
Died 2012
Keith G. Pederson passed away on June 28.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Edith Pederson; and father, Theodore Pederson.
He is survived by his family, which include his wife, Patty Sais-Pederson; son, Scott Pederson; and daughter, Lisa Pederson; brothers, Gary T. Pederson and Charlie Pederson; sisters-in-law Catherine Pederson and Lynne Pederson; niece, Martha Anderson and husband, Neil Anderson; nephews, Timothy Pederson and wife, Deb Pederson, Tedd Pederson and wife, Molly Pederson; many grand-nieces and nephews; stepchildren, Diane Sheehy, Alison Mostert and Dante Sais; dozens of cousins; and former wife, Ruth Pederson.
Keith earned his Master of Divinity degree in 1969 from Northwestern Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minn. Keith, during his Master of Divinity program in 1968,  served his internship in Yellowstone, Death Valley and Carlsbad Caverns as an employee of the National Park Service.
He organized worship services for visitors with the Christian Ministry in the National Parks. At Carlsbad, he worked as a park ranger and gave interpretive talks about bats at dusk by the mouth of the cave when the bats emerged at dusk.
He became attracted to the enchanting call of New Mexico and pondered an inspiration that he would like to retire in northern New Mexico one day.
He served churches as pastor of Pioneer Lake Lutheran Church in Conover, Wis., Shepherd of the Lakes church in Sayner, Wis., and Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Harvey, Mich.
He was called to missionary work in the Netherlands, where he learned the Dutch language and preached entirely in Dutch. While he worked for the Dutch Lutheran Church, he established a Lutheran Church in a new city, Lelystad, founded in 1967, on the Flevoland polder (reclaimed land) in the Netherlands. In addition, he also served an Evangelical Lutheran Church in Enkhuizen.
Following his missionary service in Europe, he returned to the states, where he served Grace Lutheran Church in Dodgeville, Wis. He subsequently earned his Doctor of Ministry degree at Luther Northwest Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.
Keith retired from the ministry after 23 years of service and made good on his contemplation to return to the Land of Enchantment. He married Patty and settled down to enjoy some garden railroading, barbershop singing, and motorcycling around the Sandia and Manzano mountains as well as trips throughout the Southwest.
Keith’s bass voice joined in harmony with the New Mexichords Barbershop Chorus and he also sang with the Duke City Sound. He was a garden railroad club member, played the pan flute, loved motorcycle rides and trips to faraway places, especially National Parks in the United States.
He is greatly missed by his loving family members, friends, and brothers in barbershop. We remember his strength and courage and ever-present support for anyone in need of a word of encouragement. He now sings with the Chorus of Angels where we look forward to one day join him.
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John A. “Freddie” Rael
John A. “Freddie” Rael, age 58, went to be with our Lord in Heaven surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, July 1.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and worked at Wal-Calmony for 35 years. John was a very loving husband, father, “Pompa,” grandfather and brother.
He was a funny kind of guy who loved to joke around, give his friends and family a hard time and was always laughing. He enjoyed fishing, working on cars, gardening and hanging out with his friends and family.
He was the greatest “Pompa” to his grandchildren; what Pompa says goes. He will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Guadalupe Rael  and Maria Perea Rael; siblings, Ernesto, Baby Veronica, Alberto, Arturo and  Patricio; grandson, Baby Thomas James Jaramillo; mother-in-law, Ida Sanchez; brothers-in-law, Albert and Anthony Sanchez; sisters-in-law, Kay Sanchez and Mary Chavez; nephews, Ernesto and Michael Rael and Julian and Ricky Montano; aunts and uncles, Nasaria Vallejos, Anselmo Jr., Juan, Lencho, Nabor, Tive and Eloy Rael.
John is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Debbie; and son, Patrick Rael, both of the family home; two daughters, Gwen Jaramillo and husband, Robert, Joylynn Rael and companion, Missy Pruitt; six grandchildren, Robert “RJ” and Jenell Jaramillo, Trinity Rael, Chyanne, Cherish and Destinee Rael; father-in-law, Gregorio Sanchez; two sisters, Erlinda Rael and Lupita Montano, both of Adelino; two brothers, Joe Rael and companion, Mary Helen, and Herman Rael and wife, Jenny, also of Adelino. He is also survived by loving nieces and nephews and numerous other loving family members.
A viewing will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel at 6 p.m., Friday, July 6,  with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. A final visitation will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomé at 8 a.m., Saturday, July 7, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 9 a.m. Interment will follow at Tomé Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Robert Jaramillo, Lorraine Montano, Jaime Sanchez, Frank Lopez, Alberto Montano and Jeon Sanchez. Honorary pallbearers will be RJ, Jenell, Trinity, Chyanne, Cherish and Destinee Rael.
Sign John’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.