Deaths and funerals (11/17/12)


Benjamin Aragon
Benjamin Aragon, age 54, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 14.
For service information, call the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at

David Chavez
David Chavez, age 59, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 15.
Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Amelia Carrillo Esquibel
Amelia Carrillo Esquibel, age 94, a resident of Belen, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Belen Meadows Nursing Home.
She was born on Feb. 10, 1918, in La Joya, to the family of the late Francisco and Margarita Carrillo. She married Patricio Esquibel on Dec. 14, 1933, at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in La Joya.
To this union, seven children were born: Leandrito, Glissie, Martha, Roy, Frankie, Margaret and Tony. Patricio and Amelia had celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in 2009. Amelia and Patricio had been members of Our Lady of Belen for the past 40 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Patricio Esquibel, in 2010; parents, Francisco and Margarita Carrillo; son, Leandrito; grandson, Joey Esquibel; son-in-law, Leo Trujillo; and daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Esquibel; brothers, Aristeo Carrillo and wife, Lucilla, and Esequiel Carrillo and wife, Narcisa.
Amelia is survived by her children, Glissie Esquibel and wife, Domie, from San Antonio, Texas, Martha Trujillo from Los Chavez, Roy Esquibel and wife, Tommie, from Albuquerque, Frankie Esquibel from Albuquerque, Margaret Montoya and husband, Jim, from Los Lunas, Tony Esquibel and wife, Geraldine, from Albuquerque; 19 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by several godchildren, nieces and nephews.
A public viewing was held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, Nov. 16, followed by a Rosary. A final visitation will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at noon. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff from Belen Meadows.
The family wishes to thank the dedicated staff at Belen Meadows Nursing Home, the deacons from Our Lady of Belen Church, who ministered to her, and the many friends and relatives who visited her. Sign Amelia’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

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.

Luis Reyes
Luis Reyes, age 74, a resident of Belen, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 13.
He was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, and dearly loved his family. His family legacy will live long through his children and grandchildren.
Luis is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Barbara Reyes; sons, Jose L. Reyes and Maria Martinez, Roberto Reyes, Manuel Reyes, Raul Reyes and Berna Reyes, Presiliano Reyes and Kathy Reyes; daughter, Sandra Reyes and Everardo Alarcon; many grandchildren, one great-grandchild; and brother, Roberto Reyes.
Services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, which began on Friday, Nov. 16, with a viewing and a Rosary. A final viewing will be held at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, and the Funeral Mass at 10 a.m., with interment to follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
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