Deaths and funerals (08/08/12)

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Raymond J. Baca
1948-2012
On Aug. 2, the Lord called upon our beloved Raymond J. Baca, age 63, born Oct. 2, 1948, to Emilio and Bessie Baca of Belen.
He was surrounded by all his loved ones after a brief battle with cancer. He was a well known mechanic and friend to all. If he wasn’t singing and joking, he was always helping someone in need. Raymond will be missed by us all, but is now on his way home.
Raymond is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Nancy Baca; children, Alfred Baca, Shirley Baca, Janifer Baca and Nicole and husband, Mark Lovato; grandchildren, Crystal, Stacy and Savanna Baca, Stephanie and Matthew Garcia, Jeremy, Jasmine and Marvin Silva, Angelique and Alfred Baca, Mark and Lauren Lovato; seven great-grandchildren, Godson, Jason York; and siblings, Tony Leroy, Pat and Velma Baca and Evelyn Molina.
All services will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel, on Wednesday, Aug. 8, beginning with a viewing at 9 a.m., and a vigil service at 10 a.m. Interment will be held at a later date.
Sign Raymond’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Stella M. Chavez
1922-2012
Stella M. Chavez, age 90, a resident of Belen, passed away Friday, Aug. 3.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesus R. “J.R.” Chavez; brother, William (Billy) Mortimore; and parents, Pacifico and Evangelina Mortimore.
Stella is survived by her son, Ron B. Chavez and wife, Rhea S. Chavez; daughter, Stephanie Papst; grandchildren, Joshua R. Chavez, Antonio J. Martinez, Jarrod L. Chavez and wife, Kristen, Zoi M. Chavez and Richard Paredes; great-grandchildren, Cerisa Chavez, Brendon Chavez, Cameron Chavez, Devin Chavez, Liam Chavez, Aiden Chavez and Xavier Jesus Anthony Martinez; and many dear friends, cousins, nephews and nieces.
Stella’s family would like to give a special thank you to Ingrid Martinez and Dalila Arvisu.
Services will be held at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, beginning Saturday, Aug. 11, with a viewing at 9 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m. After a reception, interment will be at El Paisano Ranch.
Pallbearers will be Ron B. Chavez, Joshua R. Chavez, Jarrod L. Chavez,  Zoi M. Chavez and Antonio J. Martinez. Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Sanchez Jr., Antonio Sanchez, Jim Torres, Charlie Torres and Rudy Torres.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Brenda Louise Dutcher
1963-2012
Brenda L. Dutcher, age 48, a resident of El Cerro, passed away on Monday, Aug. 6.
She is survived by her husband of 15 years, Vilis M. Shipman; her three children, Blake Dutcher, 16, Xavier Dutcher, 11, and Vilis Dutcher, 10.
Brenda graduated from Belen High School, class of 1982. She saw life with eyes wide-open. She had tenacity, charisma, was an elegant woman, and more than anything, she had an incredible will to live.
She had a hunger for adventure that would never be satisfied. Faith, trust and pixie dust was the way she lived her life. Brenda could and often did light up a room with her smile.
We will never forget what a beautiful mother, wife, artist, dancer, daughter, sister and friend that she was. Her love knew no bounds.
A benefit dinner will be held from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Elks Lodge in Belen, with a celebration of her life to follow at her home.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Sara Gonzales
Died 2012
It is with great sadness that the family of Sara Gonzales announces her passing after a brief illness, on Aug. 4, at the age of 67 years.
Sara is survived by daughter, Felicia Sanchez; son, Richard Sanchez and wife, Victoria; son, Felix Sanchez Jr. and wife, Evangeline; and 9 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
All services will be held at St. Therese Catholic Church, 300 Mildred Ave. NW, Albuquerque. A Rosary will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10.  Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 11. Private burial services will be at a later date.

Billy Jones Sr.
1938-2012
Billy Jones Sr., age 74, born July 7, 1938, a resident of Belen, passed away Thursday, Aug. 2, at the VA Hospital.
He is survived by the love of his life, Betty L. Jones.
He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandpa and great-grandpa.
He devoted his life to the country he loved so much. Serving in the Navy from 1956-1987, retiring as command master chief. He never retired from serving, but continued as a state commander of The Disabled American Veterans, 33rd Degree Mason, Masonic Lodge 56, Shriner, Scottish Rite, York Rite, Eastern Star of Belen, and served in many other organizations he knew he could help and serve.
After retiring, he worked as the deputy sheriff of Valencia County, and worked at the VA. He was a pillar of the community and known and loved by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed. We have lost a great man.
Thanks to AmberCare and the VA Hospice for the care and love they provided to Billy.
To honor Billy, in lieu of flowers, make donations to the Masonic Lodge 56 of Belen.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Jeannie Lambert
1940-2012
Jeannie Lambert, age 72, was called home Saturday, Aug. 4, at her home in Quemado, N.M.
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, www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Isabel Lopez
1929-2012
Isabel Lopez, age 83, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away Saturday, Aug.4.
Services will be held at San Clemente Catholic Church, Thursday, Aug. 9, beginning with a viewing at 9 a.m., the Rosary at 10 a.m., a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m., with interment to follow.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Donald Low
1927-2012
Donald Low, age 84, resident of Belen, passed away Friday, July 27.
He is survived by his wife, Stella; and preceded in death by his son, Frederick Low.
He was a faithful member of the La Merced Moose Lodge No. 2550, where a celebration of his life will be held at 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 9.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Joe Morgan Sr.
1946-2012
Joe Morgan Sr., age 65, a resident of Belen, passed away Sunday, July 29.
He was a member of Calvary Chapel Rio Grande Valley.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Sandy Morgan; father, Paul Morgan; mother, Viola Atkinson; and brothers, Floyd and Roy Morgan.
Joe is survived by his five children, Joe Morgan Jr., Lorri Hoffland, Mike Moody, Scott Morgan and Jim Morgan; 15 grandchildren; and three sisters, Dorothy, Shirley and Barbara.
A memorial service will be held at Calvary Chapel Rio Grande Valley at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 11. The family will receive friends at 10:30 a.m.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Paulette Newman
1949-2012
Paulette Newman, age 63, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away Sunday, Aug.5.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Arley G. Sanchez
1932-2012
Arley G. Sanchez, age 79, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Monday, Aug. 6.
Services were held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
Sign Arley’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Eddie Tanner
Died 2012
Eddie Tanner, age 70, a resident of Socorro, passed away Saturday, Aug. 4.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Dorothy Upton
1916-2012
Dorothy Upton, age 96, a resident of Belen, passed away Thursday, Aug. 2.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Tranquilino “Frank” Zamora
1930-2012
Tranquilino “Frank” Zamora, age 82, a resident of Belen, peacefully passed away at home on Saturday, Aug. 4.
He retired from Albuquerque Public Schools as a driver for the electronics department after 25 years of outstanding service. Frank enjoyed going to the casino and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tranquilino Sr. and Dominica Martinez Zamora; in-laws, Ben and Reyna Gallegos; brothers, Danny and Dennis Zamora; sisters, Frances McEachern and Maggie Lopez; and stepsons, Ronnie and Ben Salazar.
Frank is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Doris Gallegos Zamora; sons, Pat and wife, Vivian, of Corona, Calif., Michael and wife, Betty, of Albuquerque, and Larry of Albuquerque; daughters, Mary Ann Bazan and husband, Danny, of Albuquerque, Peggy Zamora of Albuquerque, Pauline Montoya and husband, Tommy, of Reno, Nev.; stepsons, Bruce Salazar of Belen, and Rob Salazar and wife, Sherry, of Rio Rancho; 28 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren, 19 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Millie Cordova and husband, Bobby, of Albuquerque; and brother, Nestor Zamora and wife, Mercie, of Albuquerque.
A visitation will be held at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 9, at Romero Funeral Home Chapel, with a Rosary to be recited at 90 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church at 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 9. Interment will be held at a later date.
The family would like to give a special thank you to the people of Sol Amor Hospice for all their support.
Sign Frank’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.