Deaths and funerals (01/02/13)


Lt. Col. Willard J. (Jerry) Boston
Lt. Col. Willard J. (Jerry) Boston, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Dec. 23.
Jerry joined the Army Air Corp during World War II as a navigator and after being sent home to Boston, Mass, where he finished his formal education at MIT and Harvard Universities.
He was later recalled to the Air Force during the Korean War. After the war ended, Jerry decided to make the Air Force a career and retired December 1968 at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
He then started a wholesale pet distributorship in California. Jerry and Karen then started a successful store that specialized in personalizing many different items for guests.
The last 22 years of his life were spent traveling with Karen on their sailboat in Central and South America, traveling to many areas of the United States and Canada and living in Nova Scotia. From there, they landed in Los Lunas about 3 1/2 years ago. He had a lifelong love of the water and of sailing.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Karen. They were married for 27 years; two sons, Bill and Ken, living in Virginia and California. Jerry also has three stepsons living in Oregon, Washington and Peru, South America.
Interment will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at a time to be determined at a later date.
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

Lucy Lucero
Lucy Lucero, age 87, a resident of Adelino, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 30, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomé, Saint Vincent De Paul, Mary of Legion and Tomé/Adelino Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary for many years .
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tobias Lucero; sons, Richard, Michael and Larry Lucero; daughter-in-law, Katy Lucero; one granddaughter, Erica Trujillo; one great-granddaughter, Makayla Griego; her parents, Elauterio and Luguarda Sanchez; two brothers, Nicanor and Hermenz; and two sisters, Melly and Mary.
Lucy is survived by one sister, Adela Torrez; her loving children, Ray, Chris and wife, Adela, Gene, Robert and wife, Diane, Linda “Micky” and husband, Joe, Leroy and wife, Rita, Urban and wife, Maxine, Daniel and wife, Janice, and Gloria and husband, Danny; 28 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, three daughters-in-law, Juanita, Bernice and Angela Lucero; one brother-in-law, Herman Sanchez; and many loving nieces and nephews. She was loved by many family and friends.
All services will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomé, beginning with a viewing at 5 p.m, Wednesday, Jan. 2, with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. A final visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 3, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Tomé Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Chris, Robert, Urban and Daniel Lucero, Joe Sanchez and Danny Ratcliff. Honorary pallbearers will be Ray, Gene and Leroy Lucero.
Sign Lucy’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Katherine “Kathy” Serafin
Katherine “Kathy” Serafin, age 63, went to heaven escorted by her guardian angels on Saturday, Dec. 22.
She enjoyed sports, music, reading and sharing a Long Island ice tea with her friend, Rose F.
A very strong woman has left us with hopes of being with her again. She was seen as a living angel who suffered for many long years with multiple sclerosis without complaining.
Kathy was beautiful inside and out and loved everyone. She will be missed by all who knew her and loved her.
Kathy is survived by her loving husband of 32 years, Dennis; her two sons, Jason and Nick, who were her pride and joy; and you didn’t mess with “Mommy’s Boys”; sisters, Glenda, Gloria and Rachel; and brother, Del. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Friday, Jan. 4, beginning with a visitation at noon, followed by a Rosary to be recited at 12:30 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Interment will be held at a later date.
Sign Kathy’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N.

Evangeline S. “Vangie” Serna
Evangeline S. “Vangie” Serna, age 78, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 27.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Peralta, beginning with a visitation at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 2, followed by a Rosary at 7 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 3, followed by interment at Valencia Catholic Cemetery.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., 866-9992, where a complete obituary and online guest register are available at

Louise Silva
Died 2012
Louise Silva, 59, a resident of Belen, was called home to be at peace with the Lord on Thursday, Dec. 27.
Louise enjoyed her life and loved to spend her time in the company of her family and friends. She was well known for her love of arts and crafts, jewelry making, playing bingo and traveling.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Gregorio Silva and wife, Eutemia, and Mariano Apodaca and wife, Gregorita.
Louise is survived by her parents, Luis T. Silva and wife, Audilita “Billie”; her three children, daughter, Genelle Gallegos, son, Joshua and wife, Adriana, son, Jeremiah Gallegos and wife, Marie; sister, Lora Marez and husband, Bill; brother, Steve Silva and Angela; brother, Scotty Silva and wife, Carrie; grandchildren, Angelica, Brett, Makayla, Mia, Isaiah and Isaac Gallegos. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews and dear friends.
A celebration of her going home will be at the First Baptist Church of Los Chavez, 09 Los Chavez Park Road, at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5. A luncheon will follow at Calvary Chapel Rio Grande Valley, 19381 N.M. 314, Belen.
The family would like to thank Pastor Boyd Morerod for his faithful ministry, her church family and all other dear friends for their loving thoughts and prayers. Louise is truly loved and surely missed.

Avilio “Sam” Trujillo
Avilio “Sam” Trujillo, of Belen, passed away on Dec. 22, at Vine Garden Residential Care in Heperia, Calif.
Avilio was born in Jarales on June 1, 1929, to David and Annie Trujillo. He was a member of the National Guard. He was also a carpenter and woodworker by trade, and worked for 20 years at the Marine base in Barstow, Calif.
Avilio was an active member of the Belen Senior Center. He looked forward to visiting with his many friends. He also enjoyed playing poker.
He enjoyed taking his daily walks through his neighborhood, and reliving all his memories. He was well liked by all in his community, and will be truly missed by his family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Maria “Lita” Trujillo; his parents, David and Annie Trujillo; daughter, Christine “Quenna” Lopez; sister, Suzie Pino; and brother, Jess Trujillo.
He is survived by Dorothy Espinosa of Clackamas, Ore.; David Sisneros and wife, Joy, of Adelante, Calif.; John Trujillo of Laredo, Texas; Josemaria “Sammy” Trujillo and wife, Patricia, of Garrison, N.Y.; Edward “Eddie” Trujillo and wife, Therese, of Barstow, Calif.; Leonard “Cocoa” Trujillo and his wife, Tammy, of Barstow, Calif.; and brother, Emilio Trujillo of Deming. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 5, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, followed by a burial at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens at 11 a.m.