Deaths and funerals (02/20/13)


Joyce Chalmers
Joyce Lee Chalmers, age 77, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Feb. 16.
Joyce resided in Belen for 30 years, where she worked with the Presbyterian Hospital System, served as a literacy volunteer and ESL tutor and was a founding member of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Multicultural Commission.
She was an active member of the Baha’i Faith, in which she served locally and internationally.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert A. Chalmers.
She is survived by her brother, Neil Boggs, a resident of Belen; and her three married children, Karen and Tim Mings of Albuquerque; Robert and Natalia Chalmers of Columbia, Md., and Valerie and Greg Heikes of Cary, N.C. She also is survived by 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, Feb. 19, at the Albuquerque, Baha’i Center. Interment was held at Terrace Grove Cemetery in Belen.
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

Shane Gehring
Shane Gehring, age 35, a resident of Belen, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Feb. 16.
Bryan Shane Gehring was born June 15, 1977, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to his proud young mother, Jodie Gehring.
Our Shane, Shaner, Shane-dawg, Sonshine, was a strong, respectful, kind and loving man. From the day he was born, his beautiful blue eyes would make girls’ hearts melt.
He was the most loving, big-hearted guy you could meet. He would give you the shirt off his back and the last dollar in his pocket without a second thought.
Shane loved his family first and foremost. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do for them. He loved going fishing with his gramps and grammy, and flying down the highway with the wind in his hair, on his Triumph. He loved skiing, be it water or snow.
Shane loved life, and lived it to the fullest, but always took care of Mom and the boys. He was a loving, awesome man who will be dearly missed by family, friends and all those that knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his maternal great grandparents, Leroy and Vee Gehring; Fred and Evona Cosler; and cousin, Pat Harker.
Shane is survived by his loving Mom, Jodie; and stepdad, Jaye Gardner; brothers, Jason R. and wife, Krystal, Jesse R. and wife, Alejandra Gehring; gramps and grammy, Bob and Sharon Gehring; uncle Shawn (Debi); aunts Jeneanne (Taylor) Smith, Sandy and Anthony Azavedo, Lorelei (Joe) White; Nick and Morgan Smith, Devin McPolin, Ayla and Jensen Gehring, Maddison McPolin, and lots of very special friends and loved ones.
A celebration of Shane’s life will be held at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 23. The burial will be private.
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

Patricia Jacobs
Patricia Jacobs passed away Thursday, Feb. 14.
She was born on Nov. 9, 1931, in Albuquerque, and lived in Belen through her formative years. Pat attended New Mexico State University (known as A & M at that time).  She was a cheerleader, a member of Chi Omega sorority, the square dance team and many other organizations.
She graduated with a degree in home economics and a minor in business. Out of college, she went to Germany for two years to work for the U.S.A.F.  She traveled extensively while in Europe.
Pat went to Houston in the 1960s and worked for NASA for two years and then taught school (typing, Texas history and home economics) for 12 years. She went to work for Shell Oil, first at Deer Park and then downtown for the rest of her working years.
Pat loved to travel and she loved to play bridge. She would take a cruise when she had a week off, and plan longer vacations to places such as China, Australia, Hong Kong, and parts of Europe she’d missed, plus of course the United States.  She would host a bridge foursome at the drop of a hat and have 10 tables in her home for large events.
Pat was preceded in death by her daughter, Sandy; and her mother and father.
Survivors include her daughter, Holly Jacobs -Khazam; Holly’s husband, Jon; and their children, Nathan and Kelsey; her sister, Eileen Walton; and two nieces and a nephew and their children.
Visitation and a vigil service was held at Crowder Funeral Home Monday, Feb. 18. The Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at St. Bernadette‘s Catholic Church, followed by a graveside service at Forest Park East Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may the made to the Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Foundation or Wounded Warriors Foundation which were two of Pat’s favorite charities.

Richard L. Stanley
Died 2013
Richard L. Stanley, 78, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Feb. 1 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arden and Pavey Stanley; his brother, Kent; and daughter, Stacy.
He is survived by his wife, MaryAnn Stanley; eight children, including two sons, Mike and Darin; one daughter, Robin; three stepsons, Larry and Sylvia Messier, Carl and Lindy Messier and Stan and Cathy Messier; and one stepdaughter, PeggyAnn and John Dooley. He had many grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was a wonderful Dad, husband, father and stepfather. He was in the Air Force in the mid-50s. He loved planes, which led him to become a career air traffic controller, a position he held until he retired.
He was a master wooden toy maker, where he and MaryAnn would participate in many arts and crafts shows.
Richard has been cremated, and there will be a private ceremony held by the family.
Please visit the online guest register for Richard at Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St. NE, Los Lunas, 565-1700.

Carol L. Weeks
Carol L. Weeks, age 78, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 14.
Contact Romero Funeral Home at 864-8501 for further information. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Adrian Wilsey
Adrian Wilsey, age 33, a resident of Belen, passed away on Monday, Feb. 18.
Arrangements are pending at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 864-4448,