Deaths and funerals (02/06/13)


Saturnino “Sato” Chavez Jr.
Our dear Saturnino “Sato” Chavez Jr., age 80, a resident of Tomé, passed away on Friday, Feb. 1.
He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Tomé.  Sato retired from the Los Lunas Hospital and Training School.
Sato was a committed husband, father, brother and Tata. He was a special man and will be greatly missed by all.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Concha; parents, Saturnino and Loretta Chavez; sisters, Pablita Benavidez, Agapita Zamora Frazee and Lita Gabaldon.
Sato is survived by 10 loving children, Marty Chavez, Clara and husband, Gilbert, Michael Chavez and partner, Gerald Armijo, Viola Kinsey and husband, Keith, Tony and wife, Gloria, Dennis and wife, Margaret, Norma Gallegos and husband, Frank, Ruben Chavez, Del Chavez and partner, Richard Howard, and Steven and wife, Louraline; 21 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his two sisters, Mary Barreras and Ermelina Ortega and husband, Alex.
All services were held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, beginning with a public viewing and Rosary on Monday, Feb. 4, at 5:00 p.m. A final visitation and Funeral Mass were held on Tuesday, Feb. 5, with Father Jose Hernandez presiding. Interment followed at the Tomé Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers were his grandsons, Marcus Gallegos, Phil Serafin, Joe, Josh, Jeremiah, Jordan and Brandon Chavez, Eric and Kurtis Kinsey and Estevan Chavez.
Sign Sato’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Jean Marie Cook  (Bissonette)
Jean Marie Cook (Bissonette), age 82, of Los Lunas, passed away on Friday, Jan. 4, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
Jean was born in Deerlodge, Mont., on March 31, 1930, the second of four children. Older sister, Ila, (deceased) of Deerlodge, younger brother, Paul, (surviving) of Garrison, and younger sister, Dolores, (deceased) of Helena are siblings of Jean.
Her parents, Howard P. (deceased) and Hattie M. Bissonette (Petersen), (deceased) raised the family on a ranch near Hall, Mont. Jean graduated from Drummond High School and earned an advanced degree in nursing from St. Patrick’s School of Nursing in Missoula, Mont., in 1951.
She was married to Robert A. Cook (deceased) on Nov. 27, 1952.
Prior to her illness, Jean was an active member of the Episcopal Church. She was a “country girl,” who enjoyed golfing, gardening, farming and volunteering in the community.
Jean and Bob had five children, including sons, Robbie, Craig and Art Cook, who are deceased. She is survived by daughter, Jeanette; and son, Bruce; along with 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 400 Huning Ranch West Loop, Los Lunas, at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 9. A reception will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations in honor of Jean be sent to the All Faiths Receiving Home in Albuquerque, NM.,, or All Faiths, 1709 Moon St. NE, Albuquerque, N.M., 87112.

Connie Ann Harger
In loving memory of Connie Harger, who was called home to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, Feb. 2.
Born in Florence, Ariz., on Nov. 17, 1945, she was raised in California, made her home in Albuquerque and Los Lunas, for many years, and lived in Daphne, Ala., for the last two years.
Connie wasn’t just the best wife, mother, Nana and friend to her family, but was the best of everything to everyone she met.
Connie was preceded in death by her parents, Francis Evans and Herbert Lee Perguson; siblings, Joni Kaye Evans and Joyce Claudine Perguson.
She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Roland “Roby” Harger, whom she supported and greatly admired; her wonderful children, whom she loved so much, Roland “Rusty” Harger and wife, Brigitte, Brett Harger and Tammy Jacobs and Kimberley Baldonado and husband, Ray; her siblings; Herbert Perguson, Claude Perguson, Ruby Haskins, Carol Williamson, Johnny Evans; her precious grandchildren, Duane, Trenton, Myles, Savannah, Kyle, Adam, Amanda, Dillon, Kiana and Diego; great-grandchildren, Makayla, Tyler and Zariah; special family, Alondra Hodges, Lee Bryand, Jessica Chapman and Alicia Green; many other family members and friends, too many to mention.
Connie will be greatly missed by her loving family and by those whose hearts she touched.
A special “thank you” to Odyssey Hospice of Daphne, Ala.
Visitations will be from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, in the chapel of Daniels Family Funeral Services, Alameda Mortuary, 9420 Fourth St., NW, in Albuquerque. A final viewing will be from 9:30  to 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 9, at New Beginnings Church, 3601 Montgomery Blvd., NE, where funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m.
To view information or leave a condolence please visit Daniels Family Funeral Services, Alameda Mortuary, 9420 Fourth St. NW, Albuquerque, 898-3160.

Barbara Jaramillo
Barbara Jaramillo, age 98, a resident of Belen, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 3, surrounded by her loving family.
She was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church and the retired senior volunteer program. Barbara was born in Los Chavez on Sept. 24, 1914, to Perfecto and Excelsa Salas Garcia. Barbara attended Dennis Chavez School, where she played on the girls’ basketball team and graduated from 8th grade in 1930. She worked for a few years for the National Youth Administration.
Bobbie was a walking family almanac, remembering relatives’ birthdays, wedding dates and unfortunately even the year they died since she outlived many of them. She loved crossword puzzles, knitting blankets for her family and playing bingo at the senior citizen center, where she took pride in her daily winnings of nickels and dimes.
Nana will always be remembered by her family for her delicious Sunday breakfasts along with the best homemade tortillas.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 43 years, Ruperto Jaramillo; parents, Perfecto and Excelsa Salas Garcia; brothers, Jose I., Hignio Garcia, Ermilo and Paul Chavez; and sisters, Rose Gutierrez, Tommie Molina and Eloisa Chavez.
Barbara is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann Cordova and husband, Toby; four grandchildren, Barbara Torres, Richard Cordova and wife, Lorraine, Daryl Cordova and wife, Rena, Carolyn Mendoza and husband, Victor; great-grandchildren, Eileen and Erica Torres, Chris, Carissa and Caitlyn Cordova, Michael, Kevin and Mia Mendoza and Peyton Cordova; sister, Sarah Campbell; sisters-in-law, Alice Garcia and Erlinda Marquez; and brothers-in-law, Frank Jaramillo and wife, Toni, and Erineo Jaramillo. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6, with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. A final visitation will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at noon. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Richard, Daryl and Chris Cordova, Victor Mendoza, Roddy Silva and Lawrence Jaramillo. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael and Kevin Mendoza.
The family would like to give a special thank you to all the staff at Good Life Assisted Living for the excellent care and love given to our Nanita.
Sign Barbara’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Jose F. Maes
Died 2013
Jose F. Maes, age 46, a resident of Houston, Texas, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 3.
He was preceded in death by his father, Eduardo Maes; grandparents, Rafael and Louisa Armijo Maes, and Jose and Romanita Madero Baca.
Jose is survived by his mother, Sadie Baca Maes of Peralta; and brothers, Tobias, Andres, Rafael and Ramon and Melinda Maes.
Cremation will take place and no services are planned at this time. Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St. NE, 565-1700. Please visit Jose’s online guest register at

John W. Schaaf
John W. Schaaf, age 91, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away Saturday, Feb. 2.
Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.