Deaths and funerals (09/15/12)


Emmagene Davis
Emmagene Davis, age 88, a resident of Belen, passed away on Sept. 6.
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Belen, where she served as a beginners Sunday school teacher for many years. Her mother was a founding member of the First Baptist Church of Belen.
Emmagene was also a member of the Ladies Society of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers.
Emmagene was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph W. Davis; parents, William and Amy Houston; daughter, Carol Davis Hathaway; sisters, Claudia Hilburn and Morene Houston; and brother, W.D. Houston, Jr.
She is survived by daughters, Donna Kaye Reeves and husband Jerry, and Cheryl “Jody” Davis; five grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren, and one great-great granddaughter.
Services were held at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, Sept. 10.
Arrangements were handled by the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., (505) 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at

Loretta Marie Garcia
Loretta Marie Garcia was 25 years old and a resident of Belen.
She was a beauty school student, an incredible dancer, and had a great love for animals. More than anything Loretta loved her family and friends and was fiercely protective of them.
The one thing we believe people will always remember about her is how her smile lit up a room.  It showed her beauty from the inside out. We will all miss Loretta dearly, but will continue to hold her memory in our hearts and hope that everyone will do the same.
Loretta is preceded in death by great-grandparents, Luis and Flugencia Baca and Nicholas and Anastasia Esquibel, and great aunt, Paula Garcia.
She is survived by her fiancé, Chris Brooks; mother, Viola Esquibel; father, Ernie Garcia; brother, Daniel Garcia and fiancée, Chelsea Mahoney; grandparents, Mela and Raymond Esquibel, and Elia and Susano Garcia; aunts and uncles include Melinda Esquibel, James and Patricia Esquibel, George Garcia, Rita and Martin Dorado, Margaret and Martin Hernandez, Rose and Jim Mitchell, Grace and Joel Onsueroz, Kim and Steve Garcia; nephew Santiago Garcia and 23 cousins.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church beginning at 2 p.m. with a visitation on Sept. 16, followed by a Rosary at 3 p.m.  A reception will follow the Rosary in the Parish Hall.
Final visitation will be held at 9 a.m. on Sept. 17, with the funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens, with a reception to follow at the Belen Moose Lodge #1680.
Pallbearers will be Chris Brooks, Daniel Garcia, Marcus Garcia and James Esquibel.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, (505) 864-4448, 418 W. Reinken Ave., where a online guest register is available at

Mariano Baca Lucero
Mariano Baca Lucero, known to many as “Pat,” of Bernalillo, went home to be with our Lord, after a long illness, in the comfort of his home surrounded by his loved ones on Sept. 11. He was 77.
Pat is preceded in death by his parents Alberto Lucero and Adelina Baca.
He is survived by his children Christine Lucero-Ramirez Frankland, Nobert Fierro Jr. and wife, Marie, Ida Fierro, Marian Lucero and Mariano Lucero II.
He also leaves behind 14 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank his granddaughter Mariah Lucero-Barner and fiancé, Ivan Sena, for their care and comfort in his last days before he went home to the Lord.
Celebrate his passing to a better place. A place where he is free from pain and can now be forever happy.
The Rosary and memorial service were held on Sept. 14 at Our Lady of Sorrows in Bernalillo.  Presiding over the service was Father Stephen Imbarrato. Cremation was provided by Direct Funeral Services in Albuquerque.

Vivian Irene Odell
Vivian Irene Odell, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, was born March 10, 1944 in Plateville, Colo.  She moved to Albuquerque in February of 1966.
Vivian Irene Odell passed away on Aug. 31.
She is survived by Don Odell, husband of 44 years, and three sons.
Services have taken place.
Please visit Vivian’s online guest register at
Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St. NE, 565-1700.
Donations will be greatly appreciated and can be submitted to the Riverside Funeral home of Los Lunas in the Odell name.

Jerald G. Peyton
Jerald G. Peyton, age 77, a resident of Bosque Farms passed away on Sept. 13.
Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information.

Michael Matthew Rael
Michael Matthew Rael, age 23, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away Sept. 10.
He was a member of the Baptist faith and is now a citizen of heaven. Matthew was born on May 11, 1989. He was a hard worker, great artist and a gifted writer.
Those who knew Matthew agree he was compassionate, friendly, kind and loving, and he had a big heart for children!
We, his parents, brothers, and extended family were blessed to have had him in our lives.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Emiliano G. Lopez; great grandmother, Anna Maria Tafoya; great grandfather, Gilbert H. Rael; uncle, Larry Aragon; aunt, Angela Lopez; and cousin, Leighton Rael.
Michael is survived by his mother, Veronica Kneip; father, Michael A. Rael; two brothers, Zachery Rael and Dylan Kneip; grandparents, Mela Lopez, Gilbert Rael and Gloria Rael; great grandmother, Patricia Rael; stepmother, Melanie Rael; stepfather, Dylan Kneip; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Services will begin at 6 p.m. on Sept. 17, at Anchor Baptist Church with a viewing, followed by a funeral at 7 p.m.
A final viewing will be at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 18, at San Clemente Catholic Church, followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m.  Interment will be private.
Pallbearers will be Zachery Rael, Dylan Kneip, Mark Rael, Dylan Barba, Manuel Lopez and Consuelo Romero.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., (505) 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at

Rosemary B. Saiz
Rosemary B. Saiz, born February 15, 1942, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Sept. 10.
Rosemary was born in Albuquerque, but lived in Veguita and later Las Nutrias, graduating from La Joya High School, where she participated in cheerleading, and as illustrator and editor of the monthly Bruin newsletter.
Rosemary worked tirelessly on her ranch, milking the cow, gathering eggs, feeding and caring for horses, cows and sheep.
She enjoyed working her garden, canning, creating beautiful ceramics and creative oil paintings, as well as baking and decorating wedding and birthday cakes for decades.
She was blessed with a great artistic talent which she used to create beautiful and meaningful works of art that are cherished by her children and friends.
A lover of life and her Southwestern culture, she taught all seven of her children how to dance and imparted a love of New Mexican and country music that told the story of our way of life.
Most importantly of all, she loved her family, and invested her own time in formally and informally home-schooling and caring for her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and teaching them by example the value of family, faith and forgiveness.
Her home was always a refuge for family members who needed a place to stay or live, and she always had some mouth-watering food on the stove.
She retired as a secretary from Belen Middle School, where she served in a variety of positions over 29 years including in school suspension (ISS).
Her favorite duty was taking care of special needs students, and she was adored by everyone whose life she touched.
Rosemary taught catechism for children of the La Joya parish. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, nina, wife and daughter.
Rosemary was preceded in death by her parents, Jenaro and Trinidad Black; her beloved daughter, Trinidad Serna and husband Florencio Saiz; sister, Rosie Garcia; brother, Alfred Black; sons-in-law, Kyle Bond and Jeff Baldonado; and great grandsons, Isaiah Griego and Marcos Carrillo.
She is survived by daughter, Martha Salas and husband Andrew E. Salas; son, Dexter Griego; daughter, Yvette Baldonado and partner Tom Nordstrand; daughter, Karen Harford and husband Rick Harford; son, Frankie Griego and wife Jenny Griego and son, Christopher Griego; brother, Gilbert Black; and sisters, Lillian Baca, Irene Romero, Consie Griego and Margaret Zubiate. Rosemary had 31 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
A Rosary was held at San Juan Catholic Mission Church in Veguita on Sept. 14, and a funeral Mass will be held at 1 p.m. on Sept. 15, with interment to follow at San Juan Cemetery. Pallbearers are Sandy Garcia, Rosemary Serna, Jessie Carrillo, Kevin Bond and Jordan Griego.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., (505) 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at

Eloy Santos Salas
Eloy Santos Salas, age 34, passed away Sept. 7.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 15, at New Beginnings Church in Albuquerque.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, (505) 866-9992, 2211-D Main St., where an online guest register is available at

Carl Wright
Carl Wright, age 73, a resident of Belen, passed away at his home on Sept. 12.
Arrangements are pending at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave. (505) 864-4448.