Deaths and funerals (09/12/12)
Emma M. Castaneda
Emma M. Castaneda, age 83, a resident of Jarales, passed away on Sept. 8.
She was a deeply religious woman and was very dedicated to prayer, which she did faithfully on a daily basis.
Emma deeply enjoyed attending weekly Mass at Our Lady of Belen Parish, where she was a loyal member for years. Her strong faith was an inspiration to anyone that knew her.
She enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. One of her favorite past times was going out dancing with friends and her favorite dance partner was her beloved husband, Carlos.
Emma also enjoyed attending family activities and get-togethers. While she liked going out and having fun, she particularly enjoyed spending a quiet day at home with her family.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Carlos; parents, Reymundo and Francisquita Luna Maldonado; parents-in-law, Carlos and Luz Castaneda; brother, Isaac Maldonado; sisters, Annie Padilla and Sally Aragon; brothers-in-law, Jake Padilla, Saturnino Aragon, Robert Ortiz, Dennis Castaneda, and George Haway; sisters-in-law, Rosalia “Rose” Chavez, Amalia “Molly” Marquez, and Eileen Maldonado; nieces, Alicia Chavez, Stephanie Castaneda, and Frances Aguilera; and nephews, Joe Aragon and Michael Marquez.
Emma is survived by her loving daughters, Maria Castaneda-Moya and husband, Leo and Lydia Medina and husband, David; loving grandsons, John and Carlos Medina who were so special and meant the world to her; sisters, Juanita Aragon, Toni Kincanna and husband, Fred, and Ruth Haway; brother, Peter Maldonado and wife, Sharon; sisters-in-law, Jennie Ortiz, Tina Sandoval and husband, Manuel; brothers-in-law, Trinidad Marquez, Pedro Chavez, David Castaneda and wife, Marie, Robert Castaneda and wife, Roberta; and Gerald Castaneda and wife, Annie; and cousin, Tomasita Aragon.
She is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
All services were held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Sept. 10.
Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be, John Medina, David and Gerald Castaneda, Randal McCloud, Wilfred Baca and Edwin Padilla.
Sign Emma’s online register at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, N.M.
Juanita “Jenny” DeAnda
Juanita “Jenny” DeAnda, age 85, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt passed away Sept. 7.
She was born on June 24, 1927 in Belen. Jenny was a very committed member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, who attended mass several times a week. She always had an up spirit and radiated positivity. A fitness fanatic before it became popular; Jenny jogged for over 30 years, enjoyed a good volley in tennis, loved swimming and maintained her home exercise regimen throughout her lifetime.
Recently she was taking aerobic classes with a much younger crowd and enjoyed announcing “if you don’t move it, you lose it!”
Jenny and her beloved Eddy enjoyed spending time together and many recognized them walking religiously around town. They were always the best dancers in the room and enjoyed travel, went on many cruises, road trips, and especially loved visiting Jennifer and Ken in New Jersey.
They traveled to New Jersey every year for 25 years enjoying the East Coast cities and beaches, and Ken made sure to take her to see every cathedral, famous and not. She really loved that and said she would never forget it.
She was the last of five children to leave home, traveling to Chicago and California before settling down. She worked at Dills Electric and later as a bookkeeper at the Livestock Auction Sale Barn. The job she enjoyed the most was working at the elementary school as a teacher’s aide and with the lunch program. She loved all the kids in town saying “hi” to her when she was out.
She was preceded in death by her beloved son Leonard; husband Eddy; parents Presciliano “Buddy” and Elena Gabaldon Sanchez; sister, Erlinda “Early” Garcia; sister-in-law Mary Tabet Sanchez; brother Tranquilino “Kilo” Sanchez and brother-in-law Eduardo “Lalo” Lopez.
Jenny is survived by her devoted daughter Jennifer and husband, Ken; daughter-in-law, Cynthia DeAnda, and cherished grandson, Steven. She is also survived by her sisters Sesaria “Sessy” Lopez; Lucinda “Cinda” Romero, and brother-in-law Daniel Romero.
She loved her nieces like her own and knew she could rely on her nephews. All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church beginning with a visitation at 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 15, with a Rosary to be recited at 9:30 a.m., and a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m.
Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens. Honorary urn bearers will be Kenneth Leight and Steven DeAnda.
Sign Jenny’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, N.M.
Luis Gonzales, age 85, was born in Clayton, N.M., on Sept. 11, 1926, and passed away on Sept. 10.
He was a life member of the BPOE Santa Fe Elks No. 460, and also a life member of the Santa Fe Fiesta Council for many years. His Notre Dame football was his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Florencio and Virginia Gonzales; two sisters, Adelina “Lena” and her husband Fred A. Sanchez, Jr. of Albuquerque, and Helen and her husband John A. Grace, also of Albuquerque.
Luis is survived by his sister Marie Montoya of Las Vegas, N.M.; his beloved niece, Margie and husband John E. Zollan, who were his caregivers since 2003, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Arrangements are being handled by the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., (505)864-4448, where a complete obituary and online guest register is available at, www.noblinfuneralservice.com.
Rosemary Saiz, age 70, passed away on Sept. 10.
Arrangements are pending at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., (505)864-4448, where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.
Stephen Alex Taylor
Stephen Alex Taylor, age 61, a resident of Belen, passed away on Sept. 4.
A memorial service was held at the Belen Moose Lodge on Sept. 11.
Arrangements are being handled by the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., (505) 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.
Emilia “Nana Emilia” Vallejos
Emilia “Nana Emilia” Vallejos, age 87, a resident of Adelino, our beloved mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 8.
All services will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomé, beginning with a viewing at 5 p.m. on Sept. 12 and a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m.
A final visitation will be held at 10 a.m., Sept. 13 with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Tomé Catholic Cemetery.
Read Emilia’s full obituary online at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, NM.