Deaths and funerals (01/30/13)

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Ron Jenkins
1944-2013
Ron Jenkins, age 68, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 24, in Albuquerque.
He was born on Feb. 27, 1944, in Denver, Colo., and was raised in Clayton, N.M. Ron and his family spent a time of 10 years in Charlotte, Texas, ranching before moving back to Clayton, where he was part owner in Five States Livestock Auction and also ranched.
Ron lived in Clayton till 1999, then made his permanent residence in Los Lunas. In Los Lunas, he was part owner of R J Auto; he owned and raised horses and enjoyed the race horse business where he was a member of the N.M. Horse Breeders Association.
He attended and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bosque Farms.
He was preceded in death by parents, Edwin Carl and Ada Lucille Jenkins; brother, Mike Jenkins; and grandparents.
Ron is survived by his wife, Kay Jenkins, of Los Lunas; son, Trym and wife, Jige, of Los Lunas; daughter, Melissa Ramsey of Bosque Farms; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Ron is also survived by his sister, Barbie and husband, Ken Wight, of Stratford, Texas; an aunt, Pat Denton and husband, Jim, of Muldrow, Okla.; wife, Pam, of deceased brother, Mike Jenkins, of Midland, Texas; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends. Ron was loved and will be missed by many.
Services for Ron will be held Saturday, Feb. 2, at the First Baptist Church in Bosque Farms. Family visitation will begin at 10 a.m., with services starting at 10:30 a.m. A meal will be provided by the church for all attendees immediately following service.
Arrangements are being handled by Riverside Funeral Home in Los Lunas, 565-1700.

Ethel Lassiter
1912-2013
Ethel “Johnnie” Lassiter, age 100, a resident of Belen, passed away on Friday, Jan. 25.
She was a member of Belen Church of Christ.
Ethel was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Lassiter; parents, Walter J. and Laura Davis; grandson, Alan Myers; brother, Keither J. Davis; and sisters, Lillian Berrett and Oma Poole.
She is survived by her daughter, Phyllis Myers and husband, Charlie; granddaughter, Dana Sanders and husband, Jack; great-granddaughters, Jo Dee Sanders, Shaylyn Padilla and husband, Elijah; and great-great granddaughters, Jaylee Sanders and Gracelyn Padilla.
All services were at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Interment took place at Terrace Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jack Sanders, Elijah Padilla, Randy Bullard, Dan Lanari, Denny Bullard and Pat Berrett.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Velma Jean Polk
1928-2013
Velma Jean Polk, age 84, a resident of Belen, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 26.
Velma is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, James Polk; stepchildren, Steve Polk, Tim Polk, Jamie Schlagel and Jeff Polk and wife, Roxanne Polk.
Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information. Sign Velma’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Debbie S. Rascon
1956-2013
Debbie S. Rascon, age 56, a resident of Belen, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 24.
Debbie was a long time employee at B.C. Student Nutrition. She loved her animals and she loved her friends, but her true love was Nestor. He would always take her camping and just drive all over.
Debbie cherished her family and would do anything for them. She will be dearly missed.
Debbie was preceded in death by her father, Greg Rascon; mother, Susie Rascon; and brother, Steve Rascon.
She is survived by her soulmate of 30 years, Nestor Peralta Jr.; and brothers, Danny, Michael and Albert.
Services will be held at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, on Friday, Feb. 1, beginning with a Rosary at 9 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 9:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Honorary pallbearers are Martha Luna, Theresa Chavez, Viola Esquibel, Margaret Mikelson and Armida Baldez.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Priscilla M. Salazar
1926-2013
Our dear mother, grandmother and sister, Priscilla M. Salazar, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 24.
Priscilla was born and raised in Albuquerque, but spent most of her life in Belen. She was married to Henry R. Salazar and they had four children.
She spent most of her life in Belen raising her children and working in the banking industry. Priscilla retired from Bank of America in 1988. She loved to travel and did so extensively in this country and also abroad.
Priscilla is survived by her son, Greg C. Salazar; grandsons, Sean Gabaldon and Chad Salazar; Landavazo and their children; and her six loving grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Albert and wife, Terri; sisters, Mary Villa, Margaret Thompson and husband, Clyde, and Marie Seymour; brother-in-law, John P. Salazar and wife, Terri, sisters-in-law, Tina Yslas and husband, Mucio, and Louise Sanchez and several nieces and nephews.
Priscilla leaves behind a legacy of faith, strength, love and courage. She was cultured and diverse in her activities, which included volunteering as a curator at the museum of arts and history in Old Town, Albuquerque.
The family feels blessed and has many happy memories for all of the years that they had Priscilla in their lives.
Romero Funeral Home will be in charge of private services.
Sign Priscilla’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Max Sanchez
1938-2013
Max Sanchez, age 74, a resident of Belen and Albuquerque, passed away on Friday, Jan. 25, after a long courageous battle with cancer.
His positive attitude during his illness was an inspiration to all.  Max was born on April 12, 1938, in Pueblo, Colo.
Max is survived by his children, Michael Sanchez and wife, Teresa, Michelle Lenning, and Mark Sanchez and wife, Sheila; sisters, Becky Candelaria and husband, Jimmie, Irene Kersting and husband, Albert Chavez, and Betty Howard and husband, Rex; brothers, Henry Sanchez Jr. and wife, Elvira, Gilbert Sanchez, Tony Sanchez, Lenny Atencio and wife, Barbara, Jimmy Sanchez and wife, Mary Lou, Bill Sanchez, Richard Sanchez and Leroy Sanchez and wife, Donna; four grandchildren, Kristopher Sanchez, and fiancé, Mariah, Carlos Sanchez, Christina Corl and Danielle Christian; two great-grandchildren, Braydon Coral and Isabella Sanchez; and many nieces, nephews, extended family members and special friends.
Max was preceded in death by his parents, Henry M. and Lela Sanchez.
Max was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during the Vietnam era, where he earned a good conduct medal.
Max worked in construction most of his life, owning his own contracting business; he was a gifted carpenter, and was a super parent volunteer at Central Elementary School in Belen, where his grandson, Carlos, attended. Max was a popular volunteer making popcorn on Fridays. He loved children and they in turn loved him.
Max’s hobbies were golf and cooking, preparing many gourmet meals for his family, and taught us to prepare our favorite dishes. Max will be truly missed by all.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel. Max’s cremains will be taken to San Diego, Calif., where his children will lay him to rest.
A special thank you to the care provided to Max by his nurses from Presbyterian Home Health Care, nurse, Gisele, his hospice nurse, Marissa, and home health aide, Sandy.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Presbyterian Hospice in Max’s honor.
Please visit www.gabaldonmortuaryinc.com to sign the online guestbook. Arrangements by Gabaldon Mortuary Inc., 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW, 243-7861.

Lucy Tafoya
1932-2013
Lucy Tafoya, age 80, passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 27.
She will be remembered as a vibrant, outgoing woman with a wonderful sense of humor. She will be greatly missed.
Lucy was preceded in death by her parents, Jose and Sylvestra Chavez; sons, Eddy and Michael Tafoya; and daughter, Patsy Vallejos.
She is survived by her son, Gilbert Tafoya and his partner, Lilla; daughter, Linda Chavez; and daughter, Viola Lopez and her husband, Bonifacio Lopez. Lucy was blessed with three generations of grandchildren.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Lupita Torrez
1963-2013
Lupita Torrez was called by the Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 23.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Adrian A. Gonzales and Joseph Gonzales.
She is survived by her husband, Benito Torrez; daughters, Louren Sanchez and Lee Ann Sanchez; son, Leonard Sanchez and fiancée, Alyssa Gonzales; her stepdaughter, Colleen Lawson and hsuband, Leonard; stepson, Nicholas Torres and wife, Ella Marie; and four beautiful grandchildren, Alexis, Logan, Brynleigh, Marlisa and one on the way.
She is also survived by her parents, Adrian and Adela Gonzales; siblings, Diane and Wilfred Gonzales, Patrick and Nattie Gonzales, Adrian Gonzales Jr., Amanda and Michael Tenorio; sister-in-law, Theresa and Raymond Baca; and brothers-in-law, Elvis and Dinah Torrez, and Alfonso and Helen Torrez; and 14 nieces and nephews.
Lupita was born and raised in Belen. She was our family “mother hen.” Being the big sister, she cared for all her sisters and brothers.
She also managed to find time to care for her neighbors as well.
She raised three beautiful children and did all she could to give them what they needed. When she started having children, she was on top of the world. She cherished them deeply.
The day she met her husband, Benito, she fulfilled her lifelong dream: To have a good, caring and loving husband by her side. She lived with her husband in Seboyeta.
She loved living there and tending to her garden, sending fresh tomatoes to her family. We are sure all her neighbors, whether she was living in Belen, Chillili or Seboyeta, knew Saturday morning was time for the Spanish radio station. She loved her Spanish music.
A visitation will be held at 9 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, a Rosary at 9:30 a.m. and Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Interment will be in Seboyeta at a later date.