Deaths and funerals (11/14/12)


Margitta L. Aragon
Margitta L. Aragon, age 70, went to be with our Lord Jesus on Friday, Nov. 9.
Margitta was born on March 9, 1942, in Karlsruhe, Germany. She was one of three siblings born to Karl and Francizka Rumpf.
She was blessed to meet her husband, Gilbert Aragon, while Gilbert was stationed in Germany. They moved back to the United States and raised seven children in Peralta.
Margitta was well known in the Peralta community as loving and caring. For those of us who knew this wonderful woman and had the pleasure of visiting her home, you would never leave hungry. Margitta loved and embraced everyone she met.
She was kind and generous to everyone, greeting them with her beautiful smile and sharing the many wonderful things she made from the goodies to things she crafted herself.
Margitta is preceded in death by her parents, one brother and two daughters, Heidi and Connie.
Margitta is survived by her husband, Gilbert Aragon; son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Pam Aragon; daughter, Gina Aragon; daughter and son-in-law, Dollie and Terry East; daughter and son-in-law, Carmen and Tong Nguyen; son, John Aragon; son and daughter-in-law, Manuel and Debbie Aragon; daughter and son-in-law, Anna Garcia and Robert Garcia; grandchildren, T.J., Benjamin, Cheyanne, Heidi, Cody, Tyler, Matthew, Andrew, Manuel, Payton, Robert, Jerod, Jacob and Sophia; seven great-grandchildren; and loving sister-in-law, Cofita Sanchez.
Services will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Thursday, Nov. 15, beginning with a viewing at 9 a.m., followed by a Rosary at 9:30 a.m., the Funeral Mass at 10 a.m., with a reception to follow at the parish hall. Interment will be at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 3 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Cody East, Chris Garcia, Jerod Garcia, Andrew Nguyen, Matthew Nguyen, TJ Aragon and Joseph Aragon.
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

Felix Chavez
Felix Chavez, age 79, a resident of Belen, passed away on Monday, Nov. 12.
He was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. Felix worked as a plumber for many years of his life. He had a great love for family and life, and was a kind, compassionate and loving person.
He loved going to the casinos, and at the Hard Rock Casino in Isleta he played his last slot machine when God called him from his earthly life. Felix passed away doing what he loved doing, and everyone will miss him so very much.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elauterio and Sofia L. Chavez; brothers, George Chavez and Raymond L. Chavez; brother-in-law, Pablo Sanchez and niece, Frances Chavez.
Felix is survived by his siblings, Onofra Sanchez, Virginia Alderete and husband, Vicente, and Tommy Chavez and wife, Erminia. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Wednesday, Nov. 14, beginning with a visitation at 11 a.m., 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.
Pallbearers will be Pablo B. Sanchez, Lawrence Chavez, Patrick Chavez, Richard Alfred and Robert Alderete. Honorary pallbearers will be Adela Sanchez, Anthony Torres, Dolores Chavez, Gene Chavez, Thomas Chavez Jr. and Rebecca Chavez.
Sign Felix’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Don E. Corbin Jr.
Don E. Corbin Jr. was best known for the Sixty Two Bar Ranch, 6 Corbin Lane, in Los Lunas.
He and his wife, Judy, raised and trained quarter horses and horses of other breeds including five-time world champion Skippa Stars Lace and three-time champion Handfulla Charm.
Don was born in Hollywood, Fla., and spent his early years in Delta, Ohio, but learned his horsemanship skills while growing up on the Cinco C Ranch near Estancia.
During his youth, he authored children’s cartoon books. He was an accomplished ventriloquist and won several talent shows. He is a graduate of Estancia High School. He began showing stock at the New Mexico State Fair in his teens, and during his high school years he was a wrangler at Philmont Scout Ranch.
Later he was in charge of the horse operation at Four Hills Stables in Albuquerque, where he worked with his lifelong friend, John Findley, now with USTRC.
While at Four Hills, Don was a stunt double for Kirk Douglas in the film “Lonely Are the Brave,” filmed in Tijeras Canyon.
He briefly rode on the New Mexico rodeo circuit. Don served as instructor of horsemanship for the UNM Peace Corp training center prior to starting his own ranch and horse-breeding center.
In addition to his horsemanship skills, Don was an accomplished artist. He did western paintings and created cartoons for horse magazines, such as Western Horseman and the American Quarter Horse Journal.
He was a professional photographer and had an online stock photo site where his western photos were distributed for worldwide use.
He was widely read and an amateur historian and philosopher. He was also known for his sense of humor and impersonations of famous, and not so famous, people.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Corbin; his two daughters, Laurie and Amy, all of Los Lunas; his six grandchildren, and his two brothers, Dr. Chuck Corbin, of Phoenix; and Dr. David Corbin of Omaha, Neb.
Donations to Presbyterian Hospice in care of Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation, P. O. Box 26666, Albuquerque, N.M., 87125 are requested in lieu of flowers.

Michael Vincent Pope
Michael Vincent Pope went home to be with Jesus on Friday, Nov. 2. He was 58 years young.
He lived in Belen during the ’70s with his family, and has lived in Pomona, Calif., for the last 10 years.
He is survived by his mother, Adele (Pope) Coplen of Albuquerque. Locally, he is survived by his sister, Joan Artiaga-Armijo, of Belen, his sister, Margie (Pope) Rothchild, of Albuquerque, and his brother, Pierre Pope, of Albuquerque. He is also survived by his sister, Angela D’Ambrosio of Temecula, Calif., sister, Emily Hildenbrand of Carol Stream, Ill., and his brother, Anthony Pope of Houston, Texas. He had 11 nieces and nephews, and 12 great-nieces and nephews.
Cremation has taken place.
A memorial service will be held for Michael at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18, at New Life Fellowship Church, 601 Christopher Dr. in Belen. He will be interred in Terrace Grove Cemetery in Belen next to his grandfather, Oliver J. Blais, who passed away in 1972.

Vivian S. Trujillo
Vivian S. Trujillo, age 69, a resident of Belen, passed away on Monday, Nov. 12.
He retired from the BNSF Railroad in Barstow, Calif., after 20 years of outstanding service.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Clementina Sanchez Trujillo; grandmother, Ehilaria Sanchez; brother, Andres Trujillo; and two nephews, Andrew Trujillo and Frank Wesley.
Vivian is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Mary Trujillo; three sons, John Trujillo and wife, Tiffany, Jerome Trujillo and wife, Monica, and Mathew Ornelas; daughter, Lorraine Trujillo; 12 grandchildren; brother, Wilfred Trujillo and wife, Mary Lou; and sister, Mary Jane Tucker and husband, Frank.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Friday, Nov. 16, beginning with a viewing at 8:30 a.m,.  a Rosary to be recited at 9:30 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m.
Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Sign Vivian’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.