Deaths and funerals (01/12/13)


William Alerico Allen
William Alerico Allen, age 14, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 8, surrounded by his loving family and friends.
He was a resident of Bosque Farms, the BFE school community, Westside Family Chapel, Mission Valley and First Baptist Church of Los Lunas. He was also a member of the special needs community, an exceptional member of the MPS Society and our conductor in the symphony of life.
Alerico was well known for his excellent taste in movies, (particularly “Blue’s Clues”) and lived his life to the fullest. He loved to give and receive kisses from everyone that loves him so dearly.
Alerico was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Norene Lucero; and paternal grandfather, William Dennis Allen.
He is survived by his parents, Christina Marie Lucero-Allen and William Junior Allen; sister, Noriana Diane Allen; maternal grandfather, Max Lucero; and step-grandmother, Leslie Lucero; aunt, Virginia Lucero; Mama Shirley; aunt, Tootsie; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Special thanks go out to the Mariposa Hospice team, Cowan Home Care, the Mi Via program as well as everyone involved in “Team Alerico!”
A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, at Westside Family Chapel, with Pastor Larry Chambers officiating.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ruth Volmer, Vera Wilson, Kelley Pelfrey, Patty Holmes and Tom Kerwin.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the MPS Society at
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

Winnie F. “Mathews” Castleman
Died 2013
Winnie F. “Mathews” Castleman, 77, a resident of Belen, peacefully passed away on Sunday, Jan. 6.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Ray “Bo” Castleman; and her brother, Robert Gordon Mathews.
Winnie is survived by her daughters, Karen Ray Bernauer and her husband, Steve, and Kathy Herring and her husband, Chad; grandson, Korey Ray Coombs and his wife, Heather; their daughter, Rylee, and “expected” daughter, Kinzee Rae; grandson, Kolten James Herring; his daughter, Kimberly Ann Enneper and her husband, Bruce; granddaughter, Kristin Andrea Mares; four loving brothers, Jack, Guy, John and Warren Mathews; and their families, as well as a large group of extended family and friends.
Her extended family both by blood and by heart meant so much to her. She took great pride in being a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker.
Honoring her wishes, cremation has taken place.
Winnie will be laid alongside her husband on Mt. Taylor. A celebration of her life will be held at the Assembly of God Church in Mountainair at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, with fellowship following at The Christian Center.
Please visit the online guest register for Winnie at Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St. NE, 565-1700.

Paul Eric Chavez
Paul Eric Chavez, age 49, a resident of Belen, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 9.
He was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, Holy Eucharist minister and Chaplin for UNM and Lovelace Hospitals. Paul was a minister to the sick and dying. He was Hermano Cruzado Caballero Adant and minister for the Hermanos.
Paul was born on July 30, 1963, to Joe S. Chavez and Regina Baca Chavez in Albuquerque. He graduated from Rio Grande High School.
Paul took flight instructions from Morgan Aviation and Guadalupe Sosa, was instrument rated and influential in training young and old pilots alike. He also retired from Smith’s Grocery store after 28 years.
“Paul may you soar with the Eagles,” love and miss you, Mom and Dad.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, David and Lala Baca, and Felix and Olympia Chavez. Paul is survived by his parents, Joe Soleme and Regina Baca Chavez; brothers, Joseph, Ronald, Jude and John Chavez; Godson, David Chavez. He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncle, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
A visitation will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel at 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 13, with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. A final visitation will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church at 11:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 14, with Funeral Mass to be celebrated at noon. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Joe, Ronald and Jude Chavez, Edward Martinez and John Chavez. Honorary pallbearers will be David and Jonathan Chavez, Jack Licon, and Greg and Steven Chavez.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Father Stephen, Father Bijoy, Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church and staff, UNM Hospital and staff, priest, deacons and nuns who assisted Paul on all his needs.
Sign Paul’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Jim Evans
A memorial service  for  Jim Evans, age 89, of  Sulphur  Springs, Texas, will be conducted at Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home Chapel at 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12,  with C. J. Duffey officiating.
Refreshments will be available after the service.
Jim Evans, a generous, compassionate and heroic man, passed away peacefully at his residence Tuesday morning, Jan. 8.
He was born in Georgia on Nov. 26, 1923, the son of Holman C. Evans and Annie Mae (Roberts) Evans. He married Mariah Parsons in Athens, Ga., on June 8, 1946, who preceded him in death in 1994.
He was a decorated Army combat veteran of War World II in Europe and in the Korean conflict, where he served as a tank company commander.
At the peak of his civil federal government career, he was appointed as the national director of law enforcement for the United States Forest Service and retired in 1976. He also retired from the Air Force Reserves as a lieutenant colonel.
He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, VFW  and NRA. His memberships also included the 3rd Infantry Division Association, the Disabled American Veterans, the Retired Officers Association and The Amigos ( a Forest Service organization). He was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include his three daughters, Bobbie Miller and Ken of Sulphur Springs, Jan Philpot of Hiram, Ga., and Karen DeLise and Steve of Glen Mills, Penn.; son,  Duane Evans and Karen of Falls Church, Va.; grandchildren, Laura Moore, Kristi DiVirgilis, Tom Miller, Jacqueline Evans, Jim Evans, Claire DeLise, Rachel DeLise and Bryan DeLise; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Nichole, Jessica, Michelle, Sarah, Amanda, Elida and Zia; sister, Geneva Brock of Decatur, Ga.; brother, Alec Evans of Wrightsville, Ga., and special long-term caregivers, Valea Wilson and Shanta and Raymond Brock.
He was also preceded in death by brother, Bobby Ray Evans.
Memorials may be made to Meal A Day, 150 Martin Luther King Blvd., Sulphur Springs, Texas, 75482.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of  Murray-Orwosky Funeral Home. The online register can be signed at

Charles N. Lusk
Died 2013
Charles N. Lusk, age 96, died on Jan. 7, in Albuquerque.
He lived in Belen from 2000 to 2011, where he was active with the First Methodist Church, the VFW, German American Club and the Del Rio Senior Center.
His widow, Mary Reeder Lusk, invites his friends to a celebration of life at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Harwood Methodist Church, 420 San Lorenzo, NW, Albuquerque.

Lily Vallejos Trujillo
Lily Vallejos Trujillo, age 82, a lifelong resident of Belen, passed on to her eternal life on Wednesday, Jan. 9.
She retired from the Department of Human Services after 21 years of outstanding service.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Juan and Elena Vallejos; and siblings, Arsenio and Theresa.
Lily is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Felipe Trujillo; daughter, Mary Jane and husband, Steve Brown; daughter, Rita and husband, Jim Greer; son, Philip and wife, Sylvia Trujillo; and son, Marty and wife, Jeanne Trujillo; great-nephew, Les Fertic; and honorary son, Dan; grandchildren, Jeff, Jennifer and husband, Antonio, Jamie, Jim and wife, Peggy, Melanie and husband, Charles, Jason, Tonya, Stephanie and husband, James, Esme, Jonathan, Kristen, Anthony and Damien; 14 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Emma, Isabel, Lucy and Ramona; and brothers, Freddie and Felix.
Lily will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
A viewing will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel at 5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15, with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m.
A final visitation will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, Jan. 16, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Sign Lily’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.