Many notable people left legacies in county

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This story tells a little about some of the notable people who lived in Valencia County and passed away during 2011. If your loved one isn’t listed, that is because his or her obituary didn’t provide enough details to tell the story.
§  Indicates military veteran or civilian contributor during wartime.

January
§  Rupert A. “Len” Leonard Jr. USAF, Lt. Colonel (Ret.), of Los Lunas, died on Jan. 2.
§  Gilbert Valverde, of Los Lunas, who was a Korean War veteran and a retired Ph.D. and deacon, died on Jan. 4.
Gregory Anthony Bodgan Jr., of Los Lunas, who volunteered his time at the Fred Luna Senior Center in Los Lunas, died on Jan. 7.
Drew Dean Markel, who owned and operated numerous restaurants throughout the United States, including Moe’s New York Style Pizzeria and the Bull and Bush in Los Lunas, died on Jan. 7.
§  Mary E. Sanchez, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, retired bus driver after 31 years with Belen Schools and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, died on Jan. 15.
§  Albert Thomas “Tom” Vincent, of Peralta, who served two theaters during WWII, was a teacher, assistant superintendent, a coach and a member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Los Lunas, died on Jan. 15.
§  Filo Lopez, of Los Lunas, who served in the U.S. Air Force for 28 years, retired as a master sergeant and was a member of the American Legion Post 99 and VFW Post 401, died on Jan. 18.
Aurora “Dora” Navarro, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, Moose Lodge 2550 and the Del Rio Senior Center in Rio Communities, died on Jan. 18.
Maria Ninfa Sanchez, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of America, Sacred Heart League, Blessed Sacrament Society and retired as a dietician at the former Los Lunas Hospital and Training School, died on Jan. 21.
Margaret “Maggie” Gallegos, of Los Lentes, who was a member of San Clemente Catholic Church, where she volunteered for may years as a CCD teacher, died on Jan. 24.
§  Ervin E. Ballou, of Belen, who was a member of the Jehovah’s Witness Church, served in WWII in the U.S. Army and worked for the postal service for 16 years, died on Jan. 27.
Cynthia “Cindy” Jean Barns, of Bosque Farms, who was a member of the Stamp Club and Turtle Club, died on Jan. 31.
§  Lorenzo Martinez, of Los Lunas, who was an iron worker and belonged to Local 495, died on Jan. 31.
§  Joe R. Perea Sr., of Peralta, who was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and a veteran of WWII, who saw action in the Philippine Islands and served in the Occupation Forces in Japan and was later employed by Sandia Base, and who helped organize the Community Action Program and Head Start program, and was director of the senior citizens program in Valencia County, died on Jan. 31.

February
§  Edward Kubisak, of Belen, who served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict, worked at Caterpillar, coached the Bristol Pony League, and was president of the Bristol Boys Baseball Association, died on Feb. 3.
Stella M. Sanchez, of Jarales, who was a member of the Daughters of Isabella and the St. James Over 50’s Group, died on Feb. 3.
Joan “Joann” Dils, of Belen, who attended Belen Schools from first grade to graduation in 1954, attended Eastern New Mexico University and was a cheerleader and “Yucca Blossom Queen,” and was employed as Sandia Corp, First National Bank of Belen, an officer of Dils Construction Inc., and was owner of Dils and Associates and officer of Canyon Cliff’s, a Native American trading company, died on Feb. 4.
William F. Harper Jr., of Belen, who was a speech language pathologist for the Belen and Los Lunas schools, died on Feb. 17.
§  Robert R. Farrell, originally from Belen, who served in the U.S. Army during WWII, owned the Johnson Insurance Agency, renaming it Mid-Valley Insurance Center, president of the Belen Chamber of Commerce, and named Citizen of the Year for his efforts to start a branch college in Valencia County, died on Feb. 15.
Julia Vaughan, of Los Lunas, who spent 15 years serving clients at Edward Jones Investments in Los Lunas, died on Feb. 20.
Randy M. Castillo, of Los Lunas, who was a member of the San Clemente Parish, and a coach and Los Lunas High School athletic director and teacher, died on Feb. 26.
Randy Edward Hise, of Bosque Farms, who was a member of Valley Church of Christ, died on Feb. 28.

March
Manuel P. Baldonado, of Los Lunas, who was a member of the First Assembly of God and the Ambercare family for seven years, died on March 1.
§  Jose Epifanio Chavez III, a longtime resident of Belen, who served in the Civilian Conservation Corps, enlisted in the U.S. Navy, died on March 3.
§  Larry Henry White, of Los Lunas, who was a soldier in the U.S. Army from 1963-66 in Vietnam, and who was on the Moores, N.Y., Police Department, was a Mason and also played semi-pro ice hockey and baseball in New York, died on March 4.
§  Ray E. Chowning Jr., of Belen, who was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Belen, a 32nd degree Mason, Shriner and a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, a retired U.S. Army major, serving in WWII and Korea and Vietnam in the U.S. Navy, and a pilot for the New Mexico National Guard, died on March 7.
Jim F. Sanchez, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, and retired from BNSF Railroad, died on March 9.
Nancy Ellen Busch, of Los Lunas, who was a fourth-generation registered nurse, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and who spend many years involved in church duties and activities, died on March 12.
§  Ernest E. Sanchez, of Belen, who had careers in trucking, construction and employment with Tabet Lumber, and who served for six years in the New Mexico Army National Guard, died on Monday, March 12.
§  Akard Masingale, previously of Los Lunas, who was a retired horse trainer and spent 13 years delivering for the oil industry, served his country in the Army during the Vietnam War from 1966-68, died on March 13.
Placido B. Peralta, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus, died on March 18.
Gordon Zimmerman, of Belen, who was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church, died on March 18.
§  Ronnie I. Worley, of Los Lunas, who served for 20 years in the U.S. Air Force, including two Vietnam tours, and worked as a service manager for Auge’s Sales and Service, and was a newspaper carrier for the Albuquerque Journal for 27 years, died on March 22.
§  Paul Komuro, of Belen, who was ordered by the federal government to the Gila River Internment camp for people of Japanese ancestry, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, and was a social worker, died on March 22.
§  Joseph C. Beverly Jr., of Belen, who was a charter member of Sierra Vista Southern Baptist Church in Rio Communities, founder of New Mexicans for Quality Long-Term Care, and was a Merchant Marine, died on March 23.
§  Charles Rayfield, of Los Lunas, who was a member of San Clemente Catholic Church, an officer with the Knights of Columbus, and who served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, where he received the Purple Heart, died on March 25.
Cecilia C. Archuleta, of Los Lunas, who was a member of the Los Lunas Spanish Seventh Day Adventist Church, and who worked at the Los Lunas Hospital and Training School, died on March 27.
§  Celia “Sally” Blanche Williams Schaefer Milavec, of Rio Communities, who worked as a Navy secretary during WWII in San Diego, owned Milavec Realty in Los Lunas, contributed to the Boys and Girls Ranches and was named an Unsung Hero by the Valencia County New-Bulletin, died on March 29.

April
Mary Gonzales, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, and who retired from the Los Lunas Hospital and Training School and who was a foster grandparent, died on April 2.
Rev. Richard Ray Kirby, of Belen, who was a missionary to Kenya East Africa and founded the Harvest Field Bible Schools, and founded and pastored the Word of Faith Church in Belen, died on April 5.
Geraldine L. Maude, of Los Lunas, who was an active and vital member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society where she worked in the pantry and thrift store for more than 25 hours per week, even up to the day before her death, died on April 5.
Mark Henry Skotchdopole, of Los Lunas, who led Albuquerque Academy to a state soccer championship in 1979, opened his own golf shop, owned Scott’s Real Estate Unlimited in Los Lunas, retired as a carpenter from JB Henderson Construction Co., and was a member of the Southwest Carpenter’s Union for 10 years, died on April 10.
Samantha Moore, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Church, where she was a choir member, died on April 11.
Shirley A. Baca, of Belen, who was an employee and member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, where she was a catechism teacher, was a Belen High School softball coach, a member of the cancer group in Belen, was a 4-H and Girl Scout leader, served as a member of the Valencia County Sheriff’s Posse and coordinator for the Valencia County Rodeo Queen competition, died April 13.
Evelyn M. Arnold, of Belen, who was a founding member of the Fiber to Finish guild, died on April 15.
§  Eliseo R. Sisneros, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church and St. Joseph’s on the Rio Grande, and who served in WWII in the U.S. Navy, and in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Morse Code Radio Club, died on April 16.
§  Felipe Storey, of Belen, who served in the U.S. Navy, and was a carman for the Santa Fe Railroad for 40 years, died on April 16.
§  Elsie M. Morgan, of Bosque Farms, who worked in Washington, D.C. to support the WWII effort, where she worked for the Veteran’s Administration, died on April 18.
§  Michael “Mike” Anderson, formerly of Belen, who graduated from Belen High School in 1967, then served in the U.S. Coast Guard, died on April 21.
Bernadine “Berna” Chavez, who was a member of the Walmart family in Belen, died on April 23.
Karol “Charlie” Kessler, of Belen, who immigrated to the United States from Romania in 1944, and who retired from the city of Belen after 16 years of service, died on April 24.
Christopher Bailey, of Tierra Grande, who was an author and English tutor, and who was educated in Department of Defense schools, died on April 26.
§  Orville Kent, of Belen, a member of the First United Methodist Church of Belen, served in the U.S. Air Force and was a Korean War veteran, died on April 27.
§  Lisle Katherlin Borom, of Los Lunas, who retired from the U.S. Army Reserves, served as a nurse in drug and alcohol treatment programs through the VA, Red Cross and a school nurse, died on April 28.
Nestor Gallegos, of Belen, who served as city manager in Belen and Taos, was director of collection and enforcement for the state, served 16 years in the PERA Board, 12 years as director for the State Employees Credit Union and later retired from the state, and was a 37C and Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus member, died on April 29.

May
§  Norris G. Nims Jr., of Belen, who was commander of an elite Eskimo Scout reconnaissance team attached to the Army National Guard in Alaska, died on May 1.
Antonio W. Marquez, of Belen, who graduated from Los Lunas High School in 1984, and who worked at Isleta Casino, United Desiccants, Bueno Foods and 7-Up RC, died on May 3.
§  Leonard “Len” Strawderman, of Los Lunas, who served for years in the Air Force, worked at Sandia Corporation and for the Dale Bellamah Corporation in planning and design and the University of New Mexico Engineering Department, died on May 6.
Carol Y. Shirley, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church and who worked for Casa Angelica for 16 years with special needs patients, died on May 8.
§  Frances T. Baca, of Los Lunas, who was a WWII veteran, having served as an Army medical technician at various military hospitals, and who was a lifetime and charter member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Post 9676 in Los Lunas, died on May 13.
Clarita “Clara” Trujillo, of Los Chavez, who worked for 30 years at the Belen Schools, died on May 13.
§  Stanley A. Garcia, of Los Lunas, who was a member of the Catholic Church, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving during the Vietnam era, and retired from Kirtland Air Force Base in 2005, died on May 17.
John T. Schmink, of Rio Communities, who was a member of the Belen Breakfast Optimist Club, Manzano Club Telephone pioneers, a board member of the Telephone Museum of New Mexico, Good Guys Golf Club, and the United States Navy Memorial, died on May 17.
Mary Lou Romero, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, and who was a waitress at the “Big Scoop” in her younger days, died on May 20.
Clarice Webb, formerly of Los Lunas, who was a member of the International Flying Farmers Association and served as the Flying Farmers Queen for New Mexico in 1971, and who started a sod farm in Los Lunas, died on May 21.
Lois Elizabeth Campbell Nichols, of Belen, who was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Belen, a member of the Order of the Eastern Jessamine Chapter and Past-Matron’s Club, died on May 25.

June
§  John Gerald Wilsey, of Los Chavez, who served in the Navy during WWII, was a member of Bethlehem Lodge No. 56 for more than 42 years, and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Belen, died on June 4.
Elena Ernestine (Romero) Armijo, of Belen, who was a mother of 11 children, an award-winning quilter, who played guitar and sang in the church choir, died on June 6.
§  Orlando C. Garcia, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, and who served in the U.S. Navy and retired from the AT&SF Railroad after 36 years of service, died on June 6.
Pablo Beltran Garcia, of Los Lunas, who was a member of San Clemente Catholic Church, died on June 15.
Michael L. Gabaldon, of Belen, who was employed by BNSF Railway for the past 34 years, and was a member of the Brotherhood of Rail Signalmen, and served as a reserve deputy sergeant with the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office, died on June 16.
§  James H. Smith, of Los Lunas, who served in the U.S. Army for six years, and was a member of the DAV and other veteran organizations, died on June 17.
Antonio “Tony” Archuleta, of Los Lunas, who was an alumnus of the University of New Mexico, and who closely followed Lobo sports, died on June 25.
Manuel Chavez, of Las Nutrias, who was a member of San Isidro Mission, worked for the Santa Fe Hospital for 20 years and then for Presbyterian Hospital as a medical tech until his retirement, died on June 28.

July
John A. “Freddie” Rael, who was a member of the Knights of Columbus and worked at Wal-Calmony for 35 years, died on July 1.
§  Sgt. Joshua Lederer, of Los Lunas, who served two tours in Iraq while in the United States Army, died on July 2.
§  Polo “Paul” Chavez, of Los Lunas, who enlisted in the U.S. Army during WWII, and served from 1943-45 with the 363rd Infantry, 91st Division in Italy, and who worked at Kirtland Air Force Base, died on July 3.
William Carl Nolan, of Bosque Farms, who graduated from Los Lunas High School in 2008, a member of the First Baptist Church of Bosque Farms, and who was a musician, studied history and English at Eastern New Mexico University, died on July 3.
§  Lt. Col. Harry Farber, USAF (ret.), of Belen, who was a WWII veteran, who served as a bomber pilot in the South Pacific, and who retired from the U.S. Air Force after 27 years of service, died July 6.
Rosenda A. Armijo, of Los Lunas, who was a member of the Sangre de Cristo Parish in Valencia and the American Legion Auxiliary, died on July 11.
Billy “Pat” Johnson, of Belen, who retired from the Albuquerque Police Department, died on July 11.
Teodoro B. Gonzalez, of Bosque Farms, who was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, retired from Leatherback Industries after 43 years of service, and who raised fighting roosters, was an avid farmer, rancher and who loved gardening, died on Saturday, July 14.
§  Miles R. Michael Sr., of Rio Communities, who was a member of the Evening Optimist Club of Belen, Black Officers Association of New Mexico, American Legion and was a baseball player for the Men’s Negro League, and who served in the Army during WWII, died on July 18.
§  Charles T. Gabaldon, of Valencia, who was in the U.S. Marine Corps and did a tour of duty in Vietnam, died on July 29.
Melba O. Sanchez, of Adelino, who was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomé, and who owned a beauty shop, a day care and ceramic shop, died on July 31.

August
§  Luis “Louie” Romero, of Belen, who owned a pawn shop, salvage yard and propane shop in Pueblitos, and who was in the U.S. Army, died on Aug. 1.
§  Billy Jones Sr., of Belen, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1987, retiring as command master chief; never retired from serving, but continued as a state commander of The Disabled American Veterans, a 33rd Degree Mason, a member of the Masonic Lodge 56, Shriner, Scottish Rite, York Rite, Eastern Star of Belen, and served in many other organizations he knew he could help and serve. After retiring, he worked as the deputy sheriff of Valencia County, and worked at the VA. He died on Aug. 2.
Tranquilino “Frank” Zamora, of Belen, who retired from Albuquerque Public Schools as a driver for the electronics department, died on Aug. 4.
§  Arley G. Sanchez, of Adelino, who was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, served his country in the U.S. Army and retired from BNSF as a telegraph operator after 32 years of service, died on Aug. 6.
§  Bobby M. Garley, of Belen, who was a member our Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, served in WWII, and who owned Garley’s Party Doll for nearly 65 years, died on Aug. 14.
§  Benito “Ben” Serna, of Bosque Farms, who served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and was a county commission candidate, died on Aug. 18.
§  Alfred “Pat” W. Petmecky, of Los Lunas, who served in WWII as a civilian, installing radar sites in England during the Battle of Britain, and served in the U.S. Army in Okinawa, and worked as an electronic technician for the Air Force as a civil servant, died on Aug. 26.
§  JP Morgan, of Bosque Farms, who was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bosque Farms for 24 years, and who was a deacon for 30 years at Bethel Baptist Church in Alamogordo, and who served his country in an anti-aircraft unit during WWII, defending Washington, D.C., died on Aug. 27.
§  Earl Hansen Hills, a resident of Bernardo, who was a nine year veteran of the Army National Guard, died on Aug. 30.

September
§  Enrique “Henry” Padilla, of Belen, who served in WWII, stationed in Japan and Pearl Harbor, died on Sept. 2.
Clyde McElroy, of Los Lunas, who was a member of the Moose Lodge, died on Sept. 3.
Sisto “Sonny” Baca, of Adelino, who was a member of the Farm Bureau and Machinist Union, and who retired after working for AT&SF Railroad for 26 years, died on Sept. 4.
Louie V. Mora, of Belen, who was a journeyman electrician with IBWE and attended Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, died on Sept. 4.
Estella Serna Cordova, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church and Catholic Daughters and was a lector, died on Sept. 6.
Emmagene Davis, of Belen, who was a member of the Ladies Society of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Engineers, died on Sept. 6.
Rosemary B. Saiz, of Veguita, who retired from Belen Middle School as a secretary after serving for 29 years in various positions, including in-school suspension, died on Sept. 10.
§  Carl “Jack” Wright, of Belen, who was an active member of the NRA, an avid mechanic, computer technician, target and competition shooter and who served in the Air Force, died on Sept. 12.
§  Tom E. Glass, of Peralta, who was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean War, and was a published author of historical fiction, died on Sept. 20.
JoAnn Mathis Stultz Miske, of Belen, who retired from PNM and was the past president of the last chapter of the Pythian Sisters and a 20-year volunteer at the Del Rio Senior Center, died on Sept. 20.

October
§  Porfirio “Porfy” Arellano, of Los Lunas, who was a veteran of the U.S. Army, died on Oct. 1.
Keela Lynn Denery, of Belen, a graduate of Belen High School and a member of the Rio Grande Church of Christ, died on Oct. 4.
§  Ramon Mireles, of Belen, who served his country in the United States Army, died on Oct. 8.
Norma Ruth Holloman, of Belen, who retired from Belen Schools in 1987, died on Oct. 10.
§  Larry Malcolm Blankenship, a native of Belen, who attended Belen High School, and was a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean War, died on Oct. 15.
Susie A. Gabaldon, of Belen, who was a longtime parishioner at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, the Legion of Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows, the Padre of Pio Group and Sacred Heart, served as Grand Marshal for Our Lady of Belen, and her birthday was officially declared “Susie Gabaldon Day” by the city of Belen on her 100th birthday, died on Oct. 18.
§  Ruben Moya Serna, of Peralta, who was in the U.S. Army, and served several tours of duty in the Philippines and Japan during WWII, receiving a Bronze Star for bravery, died on Oct. 20.
§  Alfredo Borunda Enriquez, of Belen, who was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corp, served in the U.S. Army, worked for the Agriculture Extension Service in Socorro, was a teacher with the Veterans-on-the-Farm program, and retired from the United States Agency for International Development, died on Oct. 20.
§  Ruben B. Baca Jr., of Belen, who served in the U.S. Navy during the Cuban Missile Crisis aboard the USS Gunston Hall, died on Oct. 25.
Marvin Kaylor, of Los Lunas, who worked for North American Aviation, Rocketdyne Division, then Rohr Corporation, designing machinery to manufacture the F-1 fighter plane engine, died on Oct. 27.
Nicolette Ann Garcia, of Belen, who was Little Miss New Mexico, a cheerleader and graduate of Belen High School, a member of Holy Family Church, and who retired from the Holy Family Church, died on Oct. 28.
William Graves Monsarrat, of Bosque, who was a member of the Rio Grande Mule and Donkey Association, and a lifetime member of the American Miniature Horse Association, died on Oct. 29.

November
Vivian S. Trujillo, of Belen, who retired from the BNSF Railroad in Barstow, Calif., after 20 years of outstanding service, died on Nov. 12.
Bryan “Scott” Detrick, of Los Lunas, who worked at the Los Lunas Community Program for 14 years, died on Nov. 16.
§  Tony Sanchez Jr., of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, and served in the U.S. Army during WWII, and in the New Mexico National Guard, died on Nov. 17.
Felix Chavez, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, died on Nov. 20.
Earline Silverthorn Pippin, formerly of Belen, who was a lifetime member of the New Mexico Garden Club, died on Nov. 21.
Jose George Padilla, who was a veteran, a POW and a recipient of the Purple Heart, died on Nov. 21.
Erma M. Howard, of Belen, who was a member of the First Baptist Church of Los Chavez and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post 2143, died on Nov. 22.
Mario Edward Martinez, of Belen, who was a member of the board of directors of the New Mexico Activities Association, and coached state championship football, track and basketball teams in Springer and Fort Sumner, and was elected to the New Mexico High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2008, and is scheduled to be inducted into the National High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame in June, died on Nov. 25.
Nila I. Chavez, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, and a lifelong member of the Catholic Daughters of America and the Sacred Heart Society, died on Nov. 26.
Arlene C. Wyant, of Los Lunas, who was a charter member of the Los Lunas Chapter of AARP, historian, community service chairperson and on the board of the Los Lunas Library, died on Nov. 26.

December
Chanita S. Romero, of Peralta, who was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, died on Dec. 1.
Gilbert Rafael Trujillo, of Belen, who was the founding member of the car club Playboys of East LA and was a senior member of the N.M. Chapter Viejitos Car Club, died on Dec. 4.
§  Robert Gordon Mathews, of Belen, who was an Air Force veteran, was a Torrance County commissioner and was a lifetime member of the NRA, died on Dec. 4.
Jennie Rodriguez, of Meadow Lake, who was a member of our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, died on Dec. 7.
Narciso Pino, of Bosque, who was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in La Joya, and who retired from the Los Lunas Training School, died on Dec. 10.
Richard Perea, of Los Lunas, who retired from the transportation department for Los Lunas Schools, was a U.S. Air Force veteran, and a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Peralta, died on Dec. 10.
Julia P. Molina, of Belen, who was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, died on Dec. 12.
W. Carl Wallace Sr., of Rio Communities, who worked at Livermore Labs of the University of California and then Sandia Labs, died on Dec. 12.
§  Adolfo Sanchez, of Pueblitos, a lifetime member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, and who worked for the Farm Service Agency, attended the New Mexico State University, served on the USS Taos, and worked for the Health and Human Services, died on Dec. 14.
§  Allen L. Hunter, of Belen, who was a member of Valencia Valley Church of the Nazarene, and who was a pastor and minister of the Gospel for 27 years, and a U.S. Navy veteran, died on Dec. 16.
Naomi Elvira Daniels, of Belen, who was a member of the Belen Missionary Baptist Church, and who retired from Jacob Hospital in the Bronx after 35 years of service, died on Dec. 16.
Alice A. Baca, of Los Lunas, who was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Peralta and was a member of Our Ladies Guild for 35 years, died on Dec. 19
§  A.D. Correll, of Belen, who was a veteran of World War II, and served 28 months in the Pacific Theatre, and was an engineer on the AT&SF Railroad for 43 years, died on Dec. 19.
§  Lt. Col. Willard J. (Jerry) Boston, of Los Lunas, who joined the Army Air Corp during World War II as a navigator, and after being sent home, he finished his education at MIT and Harvard Universities. He was later recalled to the Air Force during the Korean War. He decided to make the Air Force his career, and retired in 1968 at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
Ouita Fay Green, of Peralta, who graduated from Howard Payne and moved on to Baylor University for a master’s degree in English, and who taught students of all ages, died on Dec. 24.
Pauline V. Hobbs, of Belen, who was an active member of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, and retired from Baltimore County Public Schools in 1977, died on Dec. 26.
§  Charles “Chuck” M. Koenig, of Los Lunas, who was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Peralta, and who served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1967 to 1971, died on Dec. 28.
Lucy Lucero, of Adelino, who was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church, Saint Vincent de Paul Society, Mary of Legion and the Tome/Adelino Fire Department and Ladies Auxiliary, died on Dec. 30. ]