Deaths and funerals (10/31/12)


Kim “Dutch” Degenhardt
Died 2012
Kim “Dutch” Degenhardt, age 59, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 27.
Dutch was an avid biker who was born to ride. He was also a race car enthusiast. Dutch loved riding, fast cars, country music and oldies. But most of all, he loved hanging out in his garage with his “brothers.”
He has left behind many beloved friends and family. Dutch will be greatly missed.
He is preceded in death by his father, Art Sr. Dutch; and is survived by his wife, Julia; daughters, Kimmie, Rosemary and Diandra; grandchildren, Rhiannon, Ezequiel and Xavier; mother, Florence; brothers, Art Jr. and Jay; sisters, Debbie, Donna and Terri and sons-in-law, Chris, Gabriel and Rod.
There will be a benefit and memorial at 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Two Minute Warning, 3513 N.M. 47, Los Lunas. All donations will be going to the surviving family.
Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St. NE, 565-1700. Please visit Dutch’s online guest register at

Nicolette Ann Garcia
Nicolette Ann Garcia, also known as Nichol Moreno or “Nikki Sixx,” age 46, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, Oct. 28.
Nichol was born Aug. 23, 1966, and was raised in Belen, and lived in Albuquerque for the past 28 years.
Nichol was little Miss New Mexico at the age of 9 years old, a cheerleader for Belen High School, where she graduated in 1984 and a member of Holy Family Church.
She worked for the county of Valencia for two years and then with the Department of Labor, where she retired after 25 years.
Nichol believed in living life to the fullest and was always the life of the party. She had fun at whatever she encountered; she was strong willed and willing to lend a helping hand to whoever needed it.
She loved the outdoors, fishing, camping, traveling and the Dallas Cowboys. Nichol will be greatly missed and never forgotten. She was a devoted daughter, sister, niece, auntie, cousin, friend and neighbor.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carlos Moreno; father, Tony “Red” Garcia; and niece, Jana Justin Garcia. Nichol is survived by her mother, Erlinda Garcia; sister, Magdalena “Maggie” Garcia; and brothers, Jose “Joey Hawaiian” Garcia and Andre “Dre Dog” Garcia. She is also survived by nephews and nieces, Enrica, Tiffany, Remigio “Remi,” Luis and Felicia Rae Garcia; great-nephews and nieces, Jana Justin Martinez, Robert Chavez, Ron “Luis,” Serenity Lynn Wilson, Aragon Budick, Katarina, Bear, Roman, Turk and Madrina; and her very special Godmother, auntie Sylvia Garcia. Nichol was also blessed with 20 wonderful uncles, aunties and many cousins and friends.
A viewing will be held at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. A final visitation will be held on at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at noon. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens. A reception will follow at the Eagle Park Community Center.
Pallbearers will be her immediate nephews and nieces, Helen Gallegos, Leonella “Leo” Martinez, Cecilia “CC” Frank and Jackie Burgess.
Gifts to the alter will be by Frankie and Lupe Garcia and Angela Vasquez. A reading will be by Kathryn Baldonado, Barbara Lynn Baldonado and Pricilla Tarin.
Sign Nichol’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Gertrude Ann Horek
Gertrude Ann Horek, age 74, a resident of Bosque Farms, passed away on Monday, Oct. 29.
Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Marvin Kaylor
Marvin Kaylor, age 81, passed away Saturday, Oct. 27.
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

Misty Canela Rael
Misty Canela Rael, age 26, a resident of Magdalena, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 25.
Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Chris J. Salazar
Chris J. Salazar (Zorro), passed away on Monday, Oct. 29.
He was a member of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsman Local No. 2, New Mexico. He was also a musician and singer of his beloved country and western music.
He was loved and will be missed by his children, Diana and husband, Val Sandoval, and their two sons; Darlene Banks and her two children; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; Vienna and husband, Clarence Watley, and their five children and 13 grandchildren; Frank and wife, Patricia Salazar, and their three children and seven grandchildren; Chrissy Salazar-Arp and her son; and Charvel Heacock and her two daughters.
He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Terri and husband, Robert Waters, Baloise Salazar, James Salazar, Mary and husband, Eddie Sanchez, and Frances and husband, Leroy Sandoval; and brother-in-law, Robert Ledbetter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Narciso and Cruzita Salazar; wife, Maredith Ann Salazar; son, Mark Justin Salazar; brother, Aurelio (Peanuts) Salazar; and sister, Rose Ledbetter.
All services will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, Nov. 1, beginning with a viewing at 9:30 a.m. with a vigil service to be held at 10 a.m. Interment will be held at a later date.
Honorary pallbearers are his grandsons, Christopher Lee Hilliard, Hammod Watley, Richard Mark Sandoval, Justin Tyme Salazar, Cameron James Arp and Joseph Isaac Sandoval.
Sign Chris’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.