Deaths and funerals (10/20/12)


Dino Bernardone
Elnor Bernadone
Dino Bernardone, long-time resident of Belen, passed away on Oct. 12, and was joined by his wife, Elnor Bernardone, shortly after on Oct. 16.
Their loving bond gave them strength in life, and their wish was to always be together.
Arrangements and services will be announced at a later date and are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St. 866-9992, where an online guest register is available at

Larry Malcolm Blankenship  
Larry Malcolm Blankenship left this world on Oct. 15 to go to a better place after a long battle with chronic lung disease. He was surrounded by his four children at the time of his passing.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents, Ruby and James Henry (Ted) Blankenship. He is survived by his children, Clint Blankenship, Tami Coleman and husband, Tom, Brian Blankenship, Traci Tedford and husband, Tom; his grandchildren, Ladd, Brandi, Justin, Bryan, Leni, Jessie, Jory and Pauli; numerous great-grandchildren, and his lifelong friend, Joann Morrison. Larry leaves behind his sister, Helen Blankenship Campbell; his brothers, Jim Blankenship and Gordon Blankenship; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Larry was born in Belen, and lived most of his life there. He attended Belen High School. At the time of his death, Larry was a resident of the New Mexico State Veterans Home in Truth or Consequences. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and was stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood in Missouri.
Larry lived for several years in his most favorite place in the whole world, Reserve, N.M. He leaves behind many friends in Reserve and in Belen.
Larry lived a full life. For a time in the 1980s, he drove a bus for the touring youth group Up With People. He later worked as a caretaker/manager on a large ranch in the heart of the West Elk Wilderness in Colorado. Larry also worked at the Portland Cement Plant in Tijeras, and was employed with El Paso Natural Gas in Wyoming and New Mexico.
Larry loved the mountains and wilderness areas of New Mexico, particularly the Gila Wilderness. He was right at home in the woods. He enjoyed fishing and hunting and giving tours to his friends and family of the backwoods trails and forest roads.
Larry will be remembered for his adventuresome spirit and his generosity. He never met a stranger. Larry was a bit of a practical joker and had a tremendous sense of humor. He will be missed!
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Belen Moose Lodge, 19482 N.M. 314, Belen, 864-7995.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute in Larry’s memory to the New Mexico Boy’s and Girl’s Ranch, 775 N.M. 304, Belen, N.M., 87002.

Lupe Mary Gurule
Lupe Mary Gurule, age 67, a lifelong resident of  Pueblitos, a loving mother and grandmother went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Oct. 16.
She is survived by her daughter, Rachel Bencomo and husband, Victor G. Bencomo; four grandchildren, Daniel J. Gallegos, Danielle M. Gurule, Victor G. Bencomo Jr. and Victoria K. Bencomo; two sisters, Aurora S. Torres and husband, Frank, and Eva Meza; three brothers, Andres Castillo and wife, Patsy, Ruben Castillo and wife, Angie, and Fernandez Castillo Jr. and wife, Sally. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Wednesday, Oct. 24, beginning with a visitation at 11 a.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 11:30 a.m. and a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at noon. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Sign Lupe’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Glyndal Kerbs
Glyndal Kerbs, age 78, a resident of Norman, Okla., and formerly of Los Lunas, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 13.
All services will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel on Monday, Oct. 22, beginning with a visitation  at 9:30 a.m., with a funeral service at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Terrace Grove Cemetery.
Sign Glyndal’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Frances Serda
Frances Serda, age 65, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away Monday, Oct. 15.
She worked at Los Lunas schools for many years.
Services will be held at San Clemente Catholic Church on Monday, Oct. 22, beginning with a viewing at 6:30 p.m., followed by a Rosary at 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23, followed by interment at Valencia Cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 866-9992, 2211-D Main St.