Deaths and funerals (01/23/13)


Helen Baca
Helen Baca, age 84, a resident of Peralta, passed away on Friday, Jan. 18.
She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Peralta. Helen was a beloved sister and a very loving and caring aunt.
She was a kind and compassionate caregiver; never expecting anything in return. Helen did things from her heart and did them unconditionally. Helen Baca will be missed dearly.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Don Jacobo and Prajedes Baca; siblings, Enriquez Baca, Lalo Baca, Adelina Baca, Emma Baca Romero, Jacobo Baca Jr., Jesus Baca, Delfina Baca, Alejandro Baca, Carlos Baca and Leandro Baca.
Helen is survived by her niece, Patricia Ann Peralta, Patricia’s husband, James Joseph Peralta, Patricia and James’ son, Aaron James Peralta, and also many other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and cousins.
A private family service was held on Monday, Jan. 21. Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information.
Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated. Sign Helen’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Alfonso Chavez
Alfonso Chavez, age 66, passed away on Monday, Jan. 21.
Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Loretta Gage
Loretta Gage, was born on Jan. 27, 1951, in Grand Junction, Colo. She passed away on Thursday, Jan. 17, at her home in Tomé.
Loretta was a country girl. During her childhood, she lived in Uravan, Colo., Thompson, Deer Flats and Green River, Utah; and Ambrosia Lake and Chama, N. M.
The wild and often austere beauty of these places imprinted upon her soul, and she was always happiest outdoors, preferably far from town. She loved the natural world and all of its creatures.
One of her favorite activities was walking the high country in the spring, searching for newly shed elk antlers, and she was always accompanied by a beloved dog.
She graduated from the University of New Mexico and the College of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University, and was the author of “If Wishes Were Horses,” the true story of her journey to becoming a veterinarian. She was employed for many years by Vet-Co of Valencia, where she was well-loved by her patients and their owners.
She was known for her unbridled enthusiasm for life, her generous and loving heart, her quick wit and unparalleled sense of humor, her deep Christian faith and her devotion to her family and her many friends.
She sought above all to live her life according to scripture, trying always to abide by the teachings of Jesus. She was a common person, and she would be pleased to be known as such. She gave everything she had to give to all who asked.
A beloved daughter of the late Charles and Anna Gage. Loretta is survived by her sister, Nancy Gage; brother-in-law, Jay Koch; her niece, Amber Teal and her husband, Sheldon; her nephew, Dean Staley and his wife, Terry; and great-nieces and nephews, Tracie and Charlie Teal, Ella Johnson, and Kennedy and Owen Staley.
She took great pride in her family, and the youngest generation, most especially, gave her great joy. She is also survived by many loving friends, including Jorge Ontiveros, and, of course, her family of dogs, cats and horses.
If you would like to honor Loretta’s memory, please make a donation to Animal Humane Association of New Mexico, HART (Homeless Animal Rescue Team) of Valencia County, the Valencia County Spay and Neuter Fund or the animal welfare organization of your choice.
A celebration of Loretta’s life will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel in Belen at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 26. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m.
Sign Loretta’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Ruth Kathleen Jackson Holland
Ruth Kathleen Jackson, passed into eternal life on Friday, Jan. 18.
Born Oct. 22, 1923, to William A. and Alice Jackson, Ruth was the youngest of their eight children. Raised in Holland, Ohio, she graduated from Holland High School in 1941 and attended Davis Business College.
During WWII, she worked for Shortway Lines as a secretary and airport limo driver. She began her love of adventurous travel at this time. She and her sister, Luella, were frequently bumped from planes and trains to accommodate servicemen.
On Dec. 20, 1945, she married William J. Holland Sr.  Together they raised three children; Margaret Arehart, of Toledo, Ohio, Nina Holland, of Belen, and William J. Holland Jr., of Clovis, Calif.
Ruth was a devoted and loving mother, active in the PTO, Girl Scout troop leader and cookie mom, and an officer in the Fall Meyer School Mothers’ Club.
As a family they travelled the United States. In 1962, the family relocated to Costa Mesa, Calif., and Ruth began a career at Orange Coast College in the emerging computer operations field.
She obtained her Associate of Arts degree from OCC, and began welcoming her beloved grandchildren, Robert Arehart, Jennifer Wilson, William J. Holland III, David Holland and Matthew Arehart.
In retirement, Ruth took turns living near her children in Toledo, Ohio, Clovis, Calif., and Belen. During this time, she resumed her love of travelling, visiting the Holy Land, the national parks and Washington, D.C., with friends and family. She cruised to the Greek Isles and finally to Alaska.
Ruth also loved to read, crochet and visit with her multitude of friends via email. She was a lifelong Christian, belonging to Gloria Dei and Trinity Lutheran Churches in Toledo, People’s Church in Clovis, Calif., and was a founding member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Belen.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Holland; brother, David A. Jackson; and sisters, Margaret Fortress, Ruby Jackson, Emily Jackson, Anna Mae Fortress and Sarah Rodgers.
She is survived by her sister, Luella Goldstein; three children, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson.
Ruth chose to donate her body to the University of New Mexico for medical research.
A reception for friends in New Mexico will be held Friday, Jan. 25. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 5845 Elmer Dr., Toledo, Ohio, with Pastors Richard Habrecht and Dr. Thomas R. Ahlersmeyer officiating.
The family requests tributes to New Mexico Cancer Center, Albuquerque, Ambercare Hospice, Belen, or the charity of the donor’s choice.
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

Vincent Pando
Vincent F. Pando, age 42, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Monday, Jan. 21.
He honorably served eight years in the United States Navy, serving in the Gulf War. This allowed him to travel the world and granted him many adventurous life experiences.
He had a thriving career and was a pioneer in the cable industry while managing to raise two beautiful children as a single parent. He was a very proud father and loved his family dearly.
He was preceded in death by his father, S.T. Frank Pando; grandparents, Antonio and Alacarita Pando and Jose and Vincenta Martinez; Godfather, Franklin Branch; and cousin, Gabriel Pando.
Vincent is survived by his two children, Jack Pando and Seferina Pando; mother, Anna Pando; sister, Veronica Pando Dixon and husband, Phred; brother, Michael Pando and wife, Aislinn; nephews, Brian Pando, Marcus Pando and Matthew Pando. He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
All services will be held at San Clemente Catholic Church, on Friday, Jan. 25, beginning with a visitation at 9:30 a.m., and a Rosary to be recited at 10 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be held at San Antonio Cemetery in Mora, N.M., at a later date.
The pallbearer will be Jack Pando. Honorary pallbearers will be Art Garner, Ray Roybal and Glenn Trujillo.
The family would like to thank Ambercare Hospice and the Raymond G. Murphy VA Hospital for the wonderful care they provided. We would also like to thank all our wonderful family and friends for all their love and support.
Sign Vincent’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.