Deaths and funerals (08/01/12)


Delilah M. Artiaga
Delilah M. Artiaga, age 45, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Sunday, July 29.
She was preceded in death by her father, Benjamin D. Brant; and brother, Paul Brant. Delilah is survived by her loving daughter, Camille Artiaga and husband, Larry; son, Nathan F. Artiaga; mother, Lorraine and husband, Alex Tafoya; brothers, Benjamin D. Brant II and fiancé, Monica Brazfield, and Ronnie Brant and wife, Kim; grandchildren, Geno, Frankie and Elenna Gallegos; and great-grandmother, Barbara Garcia. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
All services will be held at San Clemente Catholic Church, beginning with a visitation at 9 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 2, with a Rosary to be recited at 9:30 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at San Clemente Catholic Cemetery.
Sign Delilah’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Sharon Feeney Farless
Sharon Feeney Farless was born July 4, 1962, and left us on July 25.
Sharon is survived by her husband, Justin J. Farless; daughter, Christin Farless; son, James Farless; granddaughters, Destiny Farless and Rayna Farless Lopez; parents, Alton and Jean Feeney; sisters, Patricia (Dwayne) Huber, Sheila (Brian) Sandford, Michelle Halford;  grandmother, Olive Curtis; mother-in-law, Virginia McCrystel Chavez; brother-in-law Steven (Stefanie) Chavez.
She was preceded in death by her fathers-in-law, T. L. Farless and Wences Chavez.
A memorial will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the Moose Lodge 1680 on N.M. 314.

Charles T. Gabaldon
Charles T. Gabaldon, age 60, a resident of Valencia, and formerly of Peralta, passed away on Sunday, July 29.
Upon graduation from Los Lunas High School, Charles enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp and did a tour of duty in Vietnam. Prior to going to Vietnam, he was assigned to funeral detail as honor guard at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.
The family wrote, “You were created with a beautiful purpose, with a smile that warms, with words that encourage, with a brave heart that loves and gives so freely and sweetly to others. You are special! We are blessed you’re our brother.”
He was preceded in death by his father, Fred S. Gabaldon; mother, Mayme Romero Gabaldon; brother, Donald M. Gabaldon; nephew, Freddie Gabaldon Jr.; niece, Erica P. Trujillo; and brother-in-law, Richard I. Lucero.
Charles is survived by his brothers, Fred Gabaldon and wife, Shirley, and Gene Gabaldon and wife, Adela, all of Albuquerque; sisters, Lucy Chavez and husband, Charles, of Los Lunas, and Juanita Lucero of Belen, Diane Padilla and husband, David, and Genola Gabaldon of Los Lunas; nieces and nephews, Carlos, Lenore, Brian, Michelle, George, Sharon, Vanessa, Brianna, Donovan and Dawnelle. He is also survived by several great-nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family wishes to thank the many friends and caretakers of Ponderosa at Las Vegas Medical Center for the loving care they gave Charles.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church beginning with a final visitation at 9 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 2, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Valencia Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Fred, Gene, Charles, David, Donovan, George, and Carlos.
Sign Charles’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Emilia Gabaldon
Emilia Gabaldon passed away peacefully at her life-long home, surrounded by her family on July 26. She was 83 years old.
She is preceded in death by her son, Michael, and her husband of 53 years, Joe.
Emily is survived by her children, John and Joey Gabaldon, David Gabaldon, Mary Sedillo, Theresa and Brett Whitely, Rebecca Gabaldon; grandchildren, Cole and Aaron Gabaldon, Scott and Diana Whitely; and two great grandchildren, Otto and Luna; and by her brothers, Abelicio Baca, Herman Baca, Isaias Baca; and her sisters, Nila Chavez, Lucy Metzner, Celine Baca,  Gertrude Sisneros, Eloria Rhoades and Mary Tearnan.
Emily was born at her family’s farm in Bosque in 1928. She attended Belen High School, and shortly after graduation, moved to San Francisco to work as a switchboard operator.
There, Emily met Joe, who was stationed in the Navy. Emily and Joe grew their family in Albuquerque, where they built the family home; and moved with the Air Force to Chandler, Ariz., Great Falls, Mont., and Denver, Colo., before returning back home.
Emily kept a life-long devotion to her community, where she volunteered at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, San Jose Parish, and St. Vincent De Paul.
Emily will be remembered for her enduring patience, love of adventure, devotion to her family and siblings, dignity given to all around her and for herself, a passion for colors, arrangements, and painting; and a continuous positive attitude toward all the obstacles life threw at her.
Several days before leaving us, Mom asked to be taken outside following an unusually heavy rainstorm. It was dusk and with her family gathered. Emily woke clearly to gaze at her beloved New Mexico’s sky full of thunderheads, and enjoyed the moist breeze of the monsoon aftermath — and we believe she gathered strength to wait a few more days to finish farewells to her large and loving family.
Rite of Christian Burial was held at San Jose Church on July 30 followed by interment at Mt. Calvary.
Services provided by Garcia Mortuary, 717 Stover Ave, SW., 243-5222,

Stephen Mariades
Stephen Mariades, age 48, a resident of Belen, passed away Wednesday, July 25, after a year-long battle with cancer.
He was born in Chicago, Ill., and moved to New Mexico 10 years ago. Steve attended Calvary Chapel. He was a truck driver for 22 years, and most recently worked for Swift Transportation.
He will be missed greatly by his family and friends.
Steve was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Ann; his mother, Monia; his father, Andrew; and his infant sister, Magda.
He is survived by his wife, Polly, and four children, Jackie, Chrissy, Stephen Jr. and Savannah Mariades; and three stepsons, Rudy, Andrew and Jordan Moreno; two sisters, Monia Kosidowski and Marcia Collins, both of Wisconsin; and brother, Andrew, also of Wisconsin; and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 9 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 2, at Santa Fe National Cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at

Joe P. Morgan Sr.
Joe P. Morgan Sr., age 65, a resident of Belen, passed away Sunday, July 29.
For service information please call the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at