Deaths and funerals (01/26/13)
Doug Boggs, age 59, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 10, at his home in Los Lunas.
Doug spent the greater part of his adult years working as a very accomplished neon glass bender. Recently, he had changed his career after attending truck driving school and was working as a long-haul truck driver. He loved this work and was very proud of the fact that in a short two years he had driven in all 48 contiguous states.
Doug was very proud of his three daughters and his 15 grandchildren and looked forward to spending time with them at every opportunity.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Freda Sue Boggs; his maternal and paternal grandparents and his wife, Phyllis Kelly.
Doug is survived by his three daughters, Addie Parnell and husband, Trent, Wendy Boggs and fiance’, William Walker, and Rhieanna Boggs and her fiance’, Kellan Story. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Tanner Parnell, Allen Parnell, Cian Parnell, Colter Parnell, Jasper Parnell, Devlin Boggs, Nathaniel Rodriguez, Maaliyah Rodriguez, Johny Rodriguez, Dominic Story, Tyler Story and Maycee Story. Also, surviving Doug is his father, V.R. Boggs; his sister, Patsy Gresham; and two brothers, Wayne Boggs and Steve Marshall.
As per his request, Doug’s remains have been cremated.
A memorial service is planned for 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, at the Sheriff’s Posse Café in Belen.
Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St. NE, 565-1700.
Mary “Diane” Brown
Mary “Diane” Brown, age 54, of Belen, was escorted by angels to heaven on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Diane is the daughter of Filamino Zamora and the late Mary Trujillo. She attended Belen High School.
She was preceded in death by her mother, and brother, Paul Zamora.
She left behind her longtime companion, Mike Hardy. She is survived by her two children, Mario Baca and Renee Butler and husband, Mike; and her grandson, Devan Butler; two brothers, Michael Zamora and Greg Zamora and wife, Angela; sister, Deborah.
Diane contributed 27 years of hard work and dedication to the community. She also gave her life to her family and friends.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, beginning with a Rosary at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Funeral services will be held at noon, Wednesday, Jan. 30.
Alfonso R. Chavez
Alfonso R. Chavez, age 66, a resident of Belen, passed away on Monday, Jan. 21.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, beginning with a visitation at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, 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 Alfonso’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.
Michelle J. Cordero
Michelle J. Cordero, age 41, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away Monday, Jan. 21.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Emerson Sr. and Beatrice Morgan; maternal grandparents, John and Ruth Welch; paternal aunts, Janet Well and Nancy Nichols; and paternal cousin, Debbie Reed.
Michelle is survived by her son, Carlos Cordero; daughters, Cassaundra Cordero and Cassie Cordero; her husband, Carl Olguin; loving parents, Eugene and Judy Morgan; sister, Melinda Morgan and her family; niece/sister, Heather Morgan Sanchez; Richard Lee Sanchez Jr.; grandnephew, Caleb Sanchez; grandnieces, Alexa Sanchez and Ava Sanchez; nephews, Joshua Springer and Ryan Springer; brother, Michael and Nicole Morgan; and niece and nephew, Leanne and Jonathan Morgan.
A Rosary will be held at San Clemente Parish, 244 Luna Ave. Los Lunas, at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, with a Funeral Mass following at 10 a.m.
Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Morgan, Richard Lee Sanchez Jr., Ryan Springer and Joshua Springer.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.
Ruth Cordova, age 74, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
She was preceded in death by her son, Casey Ray Cordova; parents, Espiridion and Casimira Gallegos; in-laws, Esquipula and Sally Cordova; and sister, Catherine Gallegos-Ortega.
Ruth is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Casey Cordova; son, Randy Cordova and wife, Maria; daughters, Doreen Romero and husband, David, and Shirley Nesbitt; sisters, Irene Wynia and Toni McDonald; brothers, Fred Gallegos and Louie (Bobby) Gallegos; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, on Saturday, Jan. 26, beginning with a visitation at 11:30 a.m., with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at noon. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Sign Ruth’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.
Margie Esquibel, age 82, a resident of Belen, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 20.
Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St.
Eva Garcia Glidewell
Eva Garcia Glidewell, age 90, a resident of Belen, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
Eva was the very first fiesta queen of Belen. She owned and operated E. Garcia Grocery store and was the founder of Eva’s Blue Ribbon Chile.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 52 years, Marvin “Sugar” Glidewell; and parents, Estanislado and Barbarita Castillo Garcia.
Eva is survived by her loving son, Marvin Glidewell and wife, Diane; daughter, Frances Romero and husband, Steve; grandchildren, Jose and Joelle Vigil; and great-grandchildren, Julius and Anna Marie.
A viewing will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27, 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. 28, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at noon. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you plant a chile plant in memory of Eva.
The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff at the Senior Living for the excellent care and love given to Eva.
Sign Eva’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.
Louisa Otero, age 97, a resident of Albuquerque Heights Nursing Home and formerly a resident of Peralta, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Peralta. She was always religious, going to church and praying the Rosary. The happiest time of her life was praying.
Louisa enjoyed bingo, dancing and doing the wedding march for many ceremonies.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rumaldo Sr.; sons, Raymond, Lesman and Rumaldo Jr. (Rudy); sisters, Antonia, Maria and Ofelia; son-in-law, Johnnie Perea Sr.; grandsons, Lesmen Sanchez and Michael Perea; and great-grandson, Lesmen Sanchez Jr.
Louisa is survived by her daughters, Mela Perea of Los Lunas and Lucy LaPorte and husband, Richer, of California; daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Otero; 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 30 great-great-grandchildren and one on the way, and one great-great-great grandchild.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Peralta, which began with a viewing and Rosary on Friday, Jan. 25. A final visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Valencia Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Tranquilino, Berto, Ruben, Jose and Leonard Perea, Randy Otero, Raymond Sanchez and Tony Rios. Honorary pallbearers will be Pat A. Jojola and Johnny Diaz.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Laurel Gardens and the staff at Jefferson.
Sign Louisa’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.
Ismael A. Rael
Ismael A. Rael, age 75, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
Ismael was a loving person and loved dearly by his family. He loved watching wrestling and most of all working on his yard.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Antonio and Flora Rael; sons, Robert, Lorenzo and Joseph Rael; two brothers, Luis and Jose Rael; and sister, Lupe Ledesma.
Ismael is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Lydia Rael; son, Ricardo Rael; two daughters, Lorraine Rael and companion, Emilio and Eleanor Rael; special grandson, Alex Arambula; one brother, Francisco Rael and wife, Jane; sisters, Beatrice Candeleria and husband, Ralph, and Margaret Garcia; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his Godchildren, Melissa Bernal, Arthur Lovato Jr., Steven Armijo and Diego Lovato.
All services, including a viewing, Rosary and Funeral Mass, were held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, on Friday, Jan. 25. Interment followed at the Valencia Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Robert Candeleria, Anthony Ledesma, Roumaldo Silva, Apolonio Silva, Anthony Lovato and Robert Rael Jr. Honorary pallbearers were Eric Beach and Diego Lovato.
Sign Ismael’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.
Barbara Ruth Hobbs Switzer Romero
Barbara Ruth Hobbs Switzer Romero, 71 of Los Lunas, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 19, at Belen Meadows Health and Rehab Center in Belen.
She was born Sept. 24, 1941, in Hot Springs, N.M., which is now Truth or Consequences, to Wesley Gaston Hobbs and Goldie Irene Foster Hobbs, both deceased, as well as her brother, Foster Gaston Hobbs who was 38 when he passed away.
Barbara is survived by her sister, Irene Elizabeth Hobbs Lane and her husband, Jerry Dwayne, of Amarillo, Texas; niece, Cynthia “Cindy” Kay Lane Forsythe Mesa and her husband, Louie; nephew, Gary Don Lane and his wife, Judy, of Atlanta, Ga.; three nephews, Christopher Don Lane and his wife, Mary, of Highland Heights, Ohio, Joseph Ryan Lane and his wife, Catherine, of Atlanta, Ga., Patrick Scott Forsythe and his wife, Wynter, of Amarillo, Texas; two great-nephews, Thomas Henry Lane of Highland Heights, Ohio, and Samuel Joshua Lane of Atlanta, Ga.; four great-nieces, twins Evelyn Joy and Charolette Lane of Highland Heights, Ohio, Kyla Renée Forsythe of Amarillo, Texas, and Kaydence Danaé Forsythe of Amarillo, Texas.
All services will be held at Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, located at 820 Main St. NE, on Saturday, Jan. 26, beginning with a viewing at 9:30 a.m. The funeral service will be celebrated at 10 a.m., with Pastor Jimmy Duncan officiating. Interment will follow at San Clemente Catholic Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 565-1700. Please visit Barbara’s online guest register at www.riversidefunerals.com.
Estella Marie Royal
Estella Marie Royal died Tuesday morning on Jan. 22 at the age of 97 at home in Los Lunas.
Estella was born on Nov. 7, 1915, in Steubenville, Ind., to Andrew Pfefferkorn and Louise Vanderbosch. She graduated from Ashley High School in Ashley, Ind., in 1933.
On May 29, 1937, she married Louis Royal at St. Michael’s Catholic Church near Waterloo, Ind. She moved to Deming with her family in 1959 and lived in the Albuquerque area for the past 50 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Royal, who died in 1969; and her oldest grandson, Gregory Schiffli. She was also preceded in death by her parents; and her brothers, Carl Pfefferkorn, Ralph Pfefferkorn, Norbert Pfefferkorn and Andrew Pfefferkorn.
Surviving Estella are her daughters, Carole Royal and husband, O.C., of Los Lunas, and Emily Bailey and husband, William, of Cocoa, Fla.; and her son, Dennis Royal of Albuquerque. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jeff Schiffli of Veguita, Gary Schiffli and wife, Gail, of Veguita, John Schiffli of Belen, Scott Bailey and wife, Amber, of Deltona, Fla., and Sandy Mirabito and husband, Frank, of Cocoa, Fla.; eight great-grandchildren and one-great-great grandson. Also surviving are her brothers, Aelred Pfefferkorn and Leo Pfefferkorn; and sisters, Mildred Miller and Susie Lambert, all living in northeast Indiana.
Estella received an Associates of Arts degree from TVI (now CNMCC) in 1971 after the death of her husband, and worked for many years at Dillard’s Department Store. She was a master seamstress and made many wedding dresses, prom dresses and cheerleading outfits.
She enjoyed gardening and playing bridge. Estella was an ardent fan and listened to all New Mexico Lobo basketball games. She was a member of Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church.
Services were held Friday, Jan. 25, at Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church, 811 Guaymas Pl. NE. Interment followed at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Albuquerque.
Preferred memorials are Masses or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
Please visit our online guestbook for Estella at www.FrenchFunerals.com. French, 7121 Wyoming Blvd., NE, 823-9400.