Deaths and funerals (12/12/12)

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Simona Carmen Chavez
1926-2012
Simona Carmen Chavez, age 86, a resident of Rio Rancho, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 9.
She was a former member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Ramon Domingo Gutierrez and Alicia Chavez; and brother, Antonio “Tony” Gutierrez.
Simona is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Herculano J. Chavez; two sons, Roger Chavez and Charles Chavez and wife, Michele; siblings, Lee and wife, Marie Gutierrez, Grace Gutierrez, Connie and husband, Alfonso Silva, Raymond and wife, Mary Lee Gutierrez, Joe and wife, Rosa Gutierrez, Mary Alice Gutierrez, David Gutierrez, Patsy and husband, Tito Madrid and Albert and wife, Mary Gutierrez. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, on Thursday, Dec. 13, beginning with a viewing at 9 a.m., with 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 Simona’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main Street, Belen.

Pearl M. Dressler
1912-2012
Pearl Dressler, age 100, a resident of Mountainair, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 11.
Arrangements are pending at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 864-4448, 418 W. Reinken Ave., where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Helen G. Esquibel
Died 2012
Helen G. Esquibel, age 84, lifetime resident of Las Vegas, N.M., was called home by her Lord Jesus Christ on Dec. 6, after a 13-year long battle with cancer.
She was a lifelong Catholic and member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish.
She was preceded in death by her father, Perfecto Gallegos, and mother, Eloisa Rivera Gallegos; her father- and mother-in-law, Emilio Esquibel Sr. and Libradita Tafoya Esquibel; her sister, Consuelo Martin; brother, Leo Gallegos; her brother-in-law, Robert Geoffrion; and her sons, Larry Gillen and Michael Esquibel.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Emilio J. Esquibel; and children, Lawrence E. Esquibel and wife, Patricia; and daughters, Sylvia Gillen and Rita Sanchez and husband, Billy.
She was also survived by numerous grandchildren, Melissa Barela and husband, Joesph, Nicole Vallejos and husband, Jacob, Jonathan Esquibel, David Esquibel, Allan Gillen and wife, Cheri, Bruce Gillen and wife, Andrea, Chris Gillen and wife, Michelle, Billy Joe Sanchez and wife, Liz, Cruzita Sanchez-Holguin and husband, Conrad, Carmelita Fryar and husband, Eric, Francisco Sanchez; sister, Carmen Geoffrion; and 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson, multiple nephews and nieces and many friends.
Helen was raised and educated in Las Vegas, N.M. She studied with the Sisters of Loretto, attending both Our Lady of Sorrows and Immaculate Conception High School, later attending New Mexico Highlands University.
She was employed as a sales clerk and soda clerk at Coque’s Plaza Confectionary (now Plaza Drug), Delgado’s Pharmacy and Leo’s Pharmacy. She then worked for Sandoval’s Studebaker Service and Parts.
From there, she went on to work for West Las Vegas Schools as a bookkeeper and school lunch director. She retired in September 1986 from West Las Vegas Schools after 34 years.
The most important things in Helen’s life were spending time with family and helping those in need. Helen was a woman of great faith, she was a passionate, committed friend and a respected mentor to many community leaders.
The thing that Helen will always be remembered for is the love she had for what she called “The Gem of the North-Las Vegas and the people of this community.”
A viewing and Rosary were held on Monday at Rogers Chapel. A second Rosary was held Tuesday at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, followed by the Rite of Christian Burial.
Pallbearers were her grandsons, Jonathan and David Esquibel, Joseph Barela, Jacob Vallejos, Chris Gillen and Francisco Sanchez.
Burial of cremains  will take place at a later date at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.
Please visit our website, www.rogersmortuarynm.com, to sign our online register book. Arrangements are under the direction of Rogers Mortuary, Las Vegas, N.M., 425-3511 or 1-800-479-3511.

Robert Gordon Mathews
1932-2012
Robert Gordon Mathews, 80, of Belen, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Robert was born July 27, 1932, in Mountainair, to Robert Lee and Lela Mae (McKinley) Mathews. Robert was an Air Force veteran. He served as county commissioner in the mid-1980s, was a lifetime member of the NRA and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Robert married Betty JoAnn Robinson on Dec. 18, 1951; they had three sons, Robert Jr., Marvin and Wayne.
He retired from work with a drilling crew for the highway department. Robert was a member of the Mountainair Christian Center.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Betty JoAnn Mathews. Robert is survived by his sons, Robert G. Mathews Jr. and his wife, Debbie, of Veguita, Marvin L. Mathews and his wife, Jacque, of Grants, and Wayne L. Mathews and his wife, Melodie, of Belen; brothers, Jack Mathews and his wife, Jean, of Mountainair, Guy Mathews and his wife, Judy, of Moody, Texas, John Mathews and his wife, Karen “Cookie,” of Mountainair, and Warren Mathews and his wife, Donna, of Moriarty; sister, Winnie Castleman of Belen; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
There will be a funeral service at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 14, at the Assembly of God Church in Mountainair. Burial will follow at the Mathews Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Cody Mathews, Duane Mathews, Lance Mathews, Clayton Mathews, Cody Mathews Jr. and Frank Sidwell. Arrangements entrusted to Harris-Hanlon Mortuary, “Our Family Serving Your Family,” 505-832-6130, Moriarty and Mountainair,www.Harris-HanlonMortuary.com.

Jose George Padilla
Died 2012
Jose George Padilla, 66, formerly of Grants, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at his home after a lengthy illness.
George was born in 1946 to Ramon and Ascencion Padilla. George was a Vietnam veteran, a POW, and was awarded the Purple Heart for his military service.
He is survived by wife, Olivia; his children, Joseph Padilla and Gina Padilla, both of Albuquerque; two brothers, Raymond Padilla and his wife, Theresa, of Grants, and Eppie Padilla; two sisters, Isabel Love and husband, Lloyd, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Yolanda Sena and husband, Steve, of Grants; three stepsons, eight grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews, plus his faithful dog, Brutus.
George was preceded in death by his parents Ramon and Ascension Padilla, and sister, Josephine Sharp.
A Rosary will be recited at 9 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 15, at San Clemente Catholic Church in Los Lunas, with a Funeral Mass at 9:30 a.m.

Faye Paine
1923-2012
Faye Paine, age 89, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away Sunday, Dec. 9.
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.

Richard Perea
1934-2012
Richard Perea, age 78, resident of Los Lunas, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Dec. 10, at home with his loving family by his side.
He had been a car salesman prior to retiring from the transportation department for the Los Lunas Schools. Richard was also a veteran of the United States Air Force and a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Peralta, and loved spending time with his family.
Richard is preceded in death by his parents, Hermenes Perea and Florencia Perea; and his son, Richard Perea Jr.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Rosa Perea; children, Michael Perea, Vicky Perea-Davis and her husband, Randy, Valerie Valenzuela, Greg Clarke and his wife, Monica, Linda Silva and her husband, Michael; brothers and sisters, Betty Castillo and her husband, Nick, Gene Perea and his wife, Irene, Robert Perea and his wife, Enedina, Tody Perea and his wife, Gloria, and Virginia Chavez; his grandchildren, Pauline, Bernice, Audrey, Marcus, Brittany, Lauren, Amanda, Ryan, Joelle, Cevin, Justin, Jeremiah, Christyne, Stephen and Branden; and 10 great-grandchildren and one on the way.  He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, beginning with a viewing at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, followed by a Rosary at 7 p.m. A final viewing will be held at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 13, and the Funeral Mass at 10 a.m., with a reception to follow in the Parish Hall. Burial will be at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 3 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Michael Silva, Stephen Smietanski, Branden Smietanski, Cevin Clarke, Adrian Garcia and Jesse Aragon.  Honorary pallbearers will be Christyne Smietanski and Greg Castillo.
The family wishes to thank Heartland Hospice and to the many extended family, friends and neighbors.
Arrangements 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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Narciso Pino
1928-2012
Narciso Pino, age 84, a resident of Bosque, passed away on Monday, Dec. 10.
He was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in La Joya. Narciso retired from the Los Lunas Training School, where he made many friends.
He loved the outdoors, camping, farming and gardening. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 61 years, Reina Baldonado Pino; son, Bernie Pino; parents, Jose and Marcelina Pino; brothers, Cornelio, Juan Rey and Rumaldo Pino; and in-laws, Remigio and Avelina Baldonado.
Narciso is survived  by his loving children, Veronica “Betty” Campbell and husband, Martin, Gilbert Pino and wife, Marie, Mary Molina and husband, Jorge, and James Pino; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and one on the way; and brother, Ramon and wife, Rusila. He is also survived by numerous brother and sister-in-laws, nieces and nephews.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Friday, Dec. 14, beginning with a viewing at 8:30 a.m., a Rosary at 9:30 a.m., and Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Internment will follow at the Sabinal Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Patricio and Jeremy Pino, Dominic Molina, Diego Ordonez and Ruperto and Arturo Baldonado.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Belen Meadows and Ambercare for all their wonderful care.
Sign Narciso’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Vernal “Dudley” Tuttle Jr.
1949-2012
Vernal “Dudley” Tuttle, Jr., age 63, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away Monday, Dec. 10,  surrounded by his loving family.
Arrangements are pending at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 864-4448, 418 W. Reinken Ave., where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.