Deaths and funerals (10/17/12)

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Bernice Barela
Died 2012
Bernice Barela, passed away on Monday, Oct. 15.
Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information.
Sign Bernice’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Larry Blankenship
1933-2012
Larry Blankenship, age 79, a resident of the N.M. State Veterans Home in Tor C, passed away on Monday, Oct. 15.
Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information.
Sign Larry’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

W. Faye Hughes
1948-2012
W. Faye Hughes, 64, a resident of Los Chavez, died Friday, Oct. 12.
She is survived by her children, Beth Cherry and husband, John, of Jarales, Barbara L. Evans and husband, David, of Rio Rancho, Brenda Bennett and husband, Tom, of Albuquerque, Jackie Evans of Cumberland Gap, Tenn., and John Douglas Gibson of Ballinger, Texas; 17 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Sally Nell Gutierrez and husband, Manuel, of Lynnwood, Calif.; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Faye was preceded in death by her husband, Joel Hughes; parents, John Ellis and Mary Lou Johnson; and sister, Betty Lou Williams.
She was born in 1948 in Pontotoc, Miss., and married Johnny Gibson on July 28, 1965. After his death in 1967, Faye married Jimmy Evans before moving out west. She married Joel Hughes on March 1, 1998.
Faye was baptized in a pond with 40 pounds of catfish in Mississippi and was currently a member of Los Chavez Baptist Church in Los Chavez. She loved to collect angels and to sew and cook.
Faye will always be remembered for loving everyone, never meeting a stranger.
She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
At Faye’s request, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at Los Chavez Baptist Church, 9 Los Chavez Park Road, at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 19, with Reverend Boyd Morerod officiating. Interment will take place at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Albuquerque.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association, 2625 Pennsylvania Street NE No. 300, Albuquerque, NM, 87110.
Please visit our online guest book for Faye at www.RememberTheirStory.com. French, 1111 University Blvd. NE, 843-6333.

Richard W. Karlen
1938-2012
Richard W. Karlen, age 73, a resident of Belen, passed away on Friday, Oct. 12, after a long and painful illness.
He served his country in the U.S. Army and in the Army Reserves. He loved the Lord with all his heart.
He is survived by his wife of 52 1/2 years, Joyce; three children, Curtis Karlen and wife, Julie, of Mountain Home, Ark., Bruce Karlen and wife, Wendy, of Corona, Calif., and Peggy Martell, of Belen; nine grandchildren, Christopher, Christine, Megan, Kasaundra, Chad, Joshua, Danielle, Erica and Kimberly; nine great-granddaughters, one great-grandson and expecting three more; two sisters, Lila Davis, of Rapid City, S.D., and Donna Crutcher of Ashburn, Va.; and many nieces and nephews.
Interment with military honors will be held at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 9 a.m., Monday, Oct. 22. A celebration of Richard’s life will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 300 Gold Ave. NE, Albuquerque, with a visitation beginning at 11 a.m., following the interment.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Isabell Miller
1923-2012
Isabell Miller, age 88, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away, Sunday, Oct. 14.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Miller; and her granddaughter, Liza Ann.
Isabell is survived by her son, Don Montano; daughter, Beverly Montano; three grandchildren, Isabell, Julianne and Nicholas; and three great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Ashton and Brandon Montano.
All services will be private.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Stefanie Liza Santillanes
1978-2012
Stefanie Liza Santillanes, age 34, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Friday, Oct. 12.
She was a very special and loving person who was always willing to help and give to anyone, especially to her family. Stefanie loved her dogs, Gizmo, Daisy, Chloe, Odie and Tyson, and her cat, Skittles. She also loved to cook, and she loved her family so very much.
She is preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Martin E. and Andrea Torres; paternal grandparents, Adolfo and Francesca Santillanes; uncles, Martin P. Torres, Genardo Torres and George Torres; and cousin, Vanessa Gutierrez.
Stefanie is survived by her parents, Helen Santillanes and Joe Santillanes; step-mom, Barbara; sisters, Andrea Santillanes and husband, Isachar Benitez, Monica Pena and husband, Lalo, and Michelle Santillanes; special nephews and nieces, Martin, Joe, Julian, Angel, Angelica, Gabriella, Robert and Elena; great-nephew and great- nieces, Jordan, Natalie and Anabella. She is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.
A special thank you to family and friends, the doctors and nurses who took care of her at Presbyterian Hospital on the Cardiac Critical Care unit, Chaplain Dan and the Palliative Care Givers, Leslie and Lynn.
Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information. Sign Stefanie’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Frances Serda
1947-2012
Frances Serda, age 65, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away Monday, Oct. 15.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 866-9992, 2211-D Main St., where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.