Deaths and funerals (09/05/12)


Reuben R. Aguilar Jr.
Reuben R. Aguilar Jr., age 44, a resident of Belen, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 2.
Read Reuben’s full obituary online at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Mildred I. Campbell
Mildred I. Campbell, age 94, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Friday, Aug. 31, at her home.
Mrs. Campbell was a member of Grace Fellowship. She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, two sons, six siblings and two sons-in-law.
Mrs. Campbell is survived by her loving children, Donald and wife, Lois, Richard and wife, Tina, Sheryle and husband, Ken, and Sandy; two brothers, 15 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 15 great great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
All services will be held on Thursday, Sept. 6, at Grace Fellowship. Please contact Noblin Funeral Service for further information.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Dalton, Aaron Hahn, Larry Gallegos, David Johnson, Seth Martinez and Marcus Talmadge.
Arrangements are being handled by the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., 866-9992, where an online guest register is available at

Roberto Corral Morales
In loving memory, Roberto Corral Morales, age 88, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend went to be with the Lord on Monday, Sept. 3.
Roberto was an amazing, loving and caring father, husband and friend.  Roberto immigrated from Mexico to New Mexico in 1944, when he began his life-long journey of building a better life for himself and his family.
After settling in the Belen area, he began building a home for his family, pay check-by-pay check, until it was finished seven years later. He worked a very hard life of construction until retirement.
Much of his labor went into the construction of many buildings in Albuquerque, numerous dams and bridges and road infrastructures in New Mexico. He enjoyed hunting, camping and fishing, and he especially took joy in his garden. We will cherish the beautiful memories of his humor and laughter, and his ability to make anyone laugh even through his suffering. He will certainly be missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose and Raito Morales; daughters, Maria Magdalena Corral, Lucinda Gutierrez and Maria P. Elmore.
He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Balbina Morales; his loving children, and their families, Sophia Corral, Juanita Annis, Marcella Foraker, Christine Corral and boyfriend, Larry, Nadine Corral and husband, Cruz, Roberta Hickey and husband, Lee, Irisha Corral, Joseph Corral and wife, Tanna, Theresa Burke and husband, David, Angelica Portio and husband, Joe, Jose Corral, Roseanna Gallegos, John Paul Gallegos, Anna Gallegos, Emily Gallegos and husband, Angel; numerous beautiful grandchildren to include third the generation.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 13, at Valley Baptist Church, 202 Damon St., 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

Enrique “Henry” Padilla
Enrique “Henry” Padilla, age 90, the last child born to Celestino and Manuelita Padilla, was called on Sunday, Sept. 2, by our Lord Jesus to rejoin and rejoice with his family in Heaven.
Henry served God while on this earth. He never wavered from his faith and strong belief in God.
Henry proudly served his country in World War II, stationed in Japan. He spoke of Pearl Harbor, with emotion, when one of the younger generation asked him what he remembered. Those trying and difficult times were still fresh on his mind.
After the war, he married Sofie Chavez. They were not blessed with biological children. They adopted their niece, Judy Chavez, who had been so unfortunate as to lose both her parents at a very early age. They were now parents, and caring for and nurturing Judy made their life complete.
Henry worked at and retired from General Electric in Albuquerque.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Judy Chavez; his beloved wife, Sofie Padilla; parents, Celestino and Manuelita Padilla; brothers and sisters, Hilario Padilla, Adelaido Padilla, Nicolasa Padilla, Luciana Rael, Adelina Sais, Flora Serna and Margarita Castillo and their spouses; and faithful friend, Cipriana “Cippi” Ortega.
Henry is survived by his brother-in-law, George Chavez and wife, Carmen, and their children, loving nieces and nephews and their families, who were so fond of him. He is also survived by many good friends and good neighbors.
Uncle Henry, we love and we’ll miss you – until we meet again.
A viewing and Rosary were held Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Romero Funeral Home Chapel. A final visitation will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Sign Henry’s obituary at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.