Deaths and funerals (10/24/12)
Larry Camacho, age 59, a resident of Albuquerque; born June 29, 1953, passed away on Oct. 19.
Mr. Camacho is survived by his wife, Evangeline; children, Kitty Camacho, Amber Camacho, Austin Camacho and wife, Inez, Dominic Camacho, Justin Camacho Cordova, Yvette Camacho and Elijah Camacho; mother, Connie Machado; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Mike and Socorro Telles; sisters, Lilly Stella, Vivian Camacho and husband, Robert Tovar, Monica Jimenez Palos, Henrietta Jimenez; brother, Henry Jimenez; and 10 grandchildren.
A visitation will be held from 12:30 to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, at Cross Christian Fellowship, 6721 Edith NE, C, with a memorial service at 1 p.m.; Pastor Scott Thom, presider.
Please visit www.gabaldonmortuaryinc.com to sign the online guestbook. Arrangements by Gabaldon Mortuary Inc., 1000 Old Coors SW, 243-7861.
Dale Ervin Clover
Dale Ervin Clover, beloved son, brother, nephew and uncle, was called home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Oct. 20, at age 56 after a battle with cancer.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Pamela Sue Argetsinger and Carolyn Kaye Gwinn. Dale is survived by his parents, Robert and Marlene Clover of Belen; brother, Bobby Clover of Belen; brother-in-law, Mark Gwinn of Belen; sister, Connie Brown and her husband, Bill Brown, of Los Lunas; and many, many loving aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Dale was born in Alamosa, Colo., on Sept. 11, 1956, but spent most of his youth in Arizona. Dale moved to New Mexico in 1971 and has made it his home ever since.
A hardworking man dedicated to his family, Dale made his living driving a truck for his parents’ trucking company, Clover, Inc. Dale’s career and passion for adventure took him through every state in the country, as well as Canada and Mexico. Dale had many driving achievements, including Driver of the Month by the New Mexico Motor Carriers Safety Council.
Among his hobbies, Dale loved to spend time at his family’s cabin in Colorado, watching any and all kinds of movies, and of course, working on and riding his pride and joy, his Big Dog motorcycle. He loved riding his motorcycle with his brother, Bobby, and took many road trips, including a couple of trips to Sturgis.
Dale was first diagnosed with cancer at age 25, and against all odds, beat it. He remained cancer-free for 29 years and loved participating in the Relay for Life events. Dale was a believer of the Lord and was baptized in August.
He was known for his caring heart and generous nature. He was always ready to lend a hand to anyone who needed it and all acquaintances quickly became friends. Dale was a blessing to all who knew him and was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.
“The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.”
A visitation was held on Monday, Oct. 22, French – University Chapel in Albuquerque. Services were held Tuesday, Oct. 23, at French – University Chapel. Interment followed at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE.
Please visit our online guest book for Dale at www.RememberTheirStory.com; French, 1111 University Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, 843-6333.
Alfredo Borunda Enriquez
Alfredo Borunda Enriquez, age 96, a resident of Belen, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 20.
Alfredo was born on Oct. 29, 1915, in La Union, N.M. He graduated from Valley High School (now named Gadsen) in May 1934, and then joined the Civilian Conservation Corps on June 15, 1934. He was stationed in Pinos Altos, Glenwood and Beaverhead, N.M., as well as Yuma and Prescott, Ariz.
His time in the CCC camp was enlivened by his job as the company clerk, by playing baseball, (his favorite sport) and by writing love letters for the guys who lacked his literary skills.
Alfredo attended New Mexico A&M (now NMSU) and graduated in May 1942. Two weeks later, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served his country honorably for 3 1/2 years. In 1946, he joined the Agriculture Extension Service in Socorro for two years. He then joined the Veterans-on-the-Farm program as a teacher for six months until he was promoted to district supervisor for North Western New Mexico. He returned to NMSU in September 1950 to work on his master’s degree in education.
Alfredo married Beatrice Provencio on Oct. 29, 1944, and she accompanied him to all the countries in which he worked. She was an excellent companion and was loved by all she met overseas and at home. Together, with their two children, they traveled the globe, saw many wondrous sites, and shared numerous adventures!
In 1950, he accepted a position to teach in Portugal in the towns of Coimbra, Évora and Santarem under the Fullbright Teachers Exchange Program. After Portugal, he accepted a position in Libya with the Agriculture Conservation Administration, and this administration continued to employ him, posting him in Mosul, Iraq, Kathmandu, Nepal, Guatemala, Lahore, Pakistan, Izmir, Turkey and Cantho, South Vietnam.
While in Guatemala, the name of the administration changed to the United States Agency for International Development and that program is still working in hundreds of countries worldwide.
Alfredo retired from this program (which falls under the U.S. State Department) on Dec. 31, 1974, and ran his farm for five years until selling it in 1979, totally retiring to Belen to play golf with his wife and friends.
Alfredo was able to teach pruning of fruit trees, roses and ornamental bushes in Belen until present without accepting money. He was a member of Our Lady of Belen and a devoted Catholic.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose Carabajal Enriquez “Cheche” and Felipa Borunda Enriquez; his brothers, Jose “Pepe,” Simon, Lalo, Pablo and Raul; his sister, Serafina (Pina); and his beloved wife, Beatrice.
Alfredo is survived by his sister, Esperanza “Lancha;” son, A. Thomas Enriquez; daughter, Suzanne Enriquez Dougherty and her husband, Matt; granddaughter, Maria Dougherty; grandson, Thomas Dougherty; and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnephews, grandnieces, great-grand nephews and great-grand nieces.
Alfredo was a loving, intelligent, generous and humble man who never met a stranger. He was a classic gentleman, a devoted husband, father, grandfather and uncle. He will be greatly missed! All of us who were blessed to know him will continue to treasure him in our hearts.
Services will begin, Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, with a visitation at 6 p.m., followed by a Rosary at 7 p.m. Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church will hold the final visitation at 9:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 29, followed by the Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Interment with military honors will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 3 p.m.
The family would like to thank Presbyterian Hospice, AmberCare Hospice, and especially all Alfredo’s devoted neighbors and friends who took such wonderful care of him. Donations in his honor may be made to the Kaseman Center, Presbyterian Hospice in Albuquerque.
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.
Susie A. Gabaldon
Susie A. Gabaldon, age 100, of Belen, died peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 18.
Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends whom she had touched in many ways throughout her memorable life.
Susie was born on July 23, 1912, in Belen, to Anna Marie and Ignacio Aragon y Barreras. Susie was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She had eight children, 20 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Susie was a long-time parishioner at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, the Legion of Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows, the Padre of Pio Group and Sacred Heart Society.
She was a proud citizen of the city of Belen. She served as the Grand Marshal of Our Lady of Belen, and her birthday was officially declared “Susie Gabaldon Day” in Belen on her 100th birthday.
Susie was preceded in death by her husband, Paul C. Gabaldon; daughter, Eileen Torres; sons, Edwin, Joseph and Charles. She is survived by sons, Paul H. Gabaldon, Harry Gabaldon and Berna Otero; daughters, Anna Marie Torres and husband, Elizar, Laura and husband, Ted O’Connell and Ruth Lucero. She is also survived by two sisters, Sister Anita Joseph and Anita Puckett.
The Rosary and Mass of the Resurrection will be held at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 27, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. Mass will be held at 10 a.m. A reception will follow at the Knights of Columbus.
At her request, in lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic School in her name.
Arrangements were handled by Noblin Funeral Services in Belen.
Lupe Mary Gurule
Lupe Mary Gurule, age 67, a life-long 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 www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.
Richard Lovato, age 51, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Monday, Oct. 22.
Arrangements are pending 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.
Ruben Moya Serna
Ruben Moya Serna, age 86, a resident of Peralta, passed away Saturday, Oct. 20.
He was born on July 9, 1926, in Cruzville, N.M. Ruben was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1944, and served tours of duty in the Philippines and Japan during World War II. He received a Bronze Star for bravery and completed his service in 1946.
Ruben married Martha in November 1951. He worked at Belmont Ammunition Storage in Flagstaff, Ariz., for 20 years, as well as working 20 years at ABF, where he was an active member of the Teamsters Union during that time. Ruben retired in 1991.
He was also an active member of the NRA. Ruben loved to draw and paint with acrylics, oil paints and color pencils. He was also a wood carver. He loved to hunt deer, elk and turkey. He was handy in all trades and mechanics.
Ruben was preceded in death by his father, Pablo F. Serna; mother, Lucia (Moya) Serna; sisters, Isabel, Helen, Lorrie, Lena and Dulce.
He is survived by his wife of almost 61 years, Martha Serna; children, Yolanda Lerma, Regina Maestas (Nick), Denise Tafoya (Gus); grandchildren, Danielle, Shannon, Jolene, Chris, Leandro, Lucas, Larry, Luis; blessed with 28 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Patricio Serna, retired justice from Santa Fe (Eliose), and Rosalie Rael (Bobby).
Services will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Thursday, Oct. 25, beginning with a visitation at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m.
Pallbearers will be Shannon Lerma, Chris Maestas, Larry Tafoya and Luis Tafoya. Honorary pallbearers will be Ruben Howlingcrane, Leandro Tafoya and Lucas Tafoya.
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.