Deaths and funerals (02/23/13)

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Arthur Fred Bustamante Jr.
1944-2013
Arthur Fred Bustamante Jr., age 68, a life-long resident of the Belen community, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
He served as a proud member of the Valencia County Sheriff Posse. Arthur was also a Vietnam veteran, serving the U.S. Navy from 1963 to 1967.
He had a love for his horses and his land. Arthur also cherished his numerous nephews, nieces, grandnieces and grandnephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arturo Eloy and Dora Bustamante. Arthur is survived by his brothers and sister, R. Gene Bustamante and wife, Geraldine, of Albuquerque, Rosanne McNiel and husband, Danny, of Peralta, Thomas Bustamante and wife, Betty, of Santa Fe, and Max Bustamante and wife, Kim, of Albuquerque.
A visitation will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m., on Monday, Feb. 25, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Valencia County Sheriff Posse.
Sign Arthur’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Patrick J. Flores
1954-2013
Patrick J. Flores, age 58, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Feb.18.
He had retired from the New Mexico Department of Corrections after 21 years of service. He was a devoted man to all of his family and he will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his father, Toribio Flores; mother, Alicia; brother, Toribio Jr.; and sister, Merlinda.
Patrick is survived by his wife of 39 years, Grace Flores, whom he adored; son, Joseph and wife, Danielle; grandchildren, Samantha, James, Jeramie, Azia and Jayson; great-grandson, Noah; daughter, Cathy and husband, Vincent Garcia; grandchildren, Matthew, Stephanie, Savannah, Vincent Manuel, Derek, Seth and Salvador; in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. Vernal Lueras; brothers-in-law, Bernal Lueras and Frank Lueras and wife, Diana; sister-in-law, Liz and husband, Bobby Gutierrez; sisters, Sarah and husband, Victor Flores, of Santa Rosa; Maggie and husband, Don Ivey, of Arkansas, Sylvia Medina of Las Vegas, N.M.; brothers, Raymond and wife, Elvira Flores, of Las Vegas, N.M., Lorenzo of Los Lunas, Johnny of Albuquerque, Tony and wife, Melanie, of Albuquerque; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Calvary Chapel New Harvest in Los Lunas, Monday, Feb., 25, beginning at 1 p.m. with a visitation, and a memorial service at 1:30 p.m., with a reception to follow. Interment will be private.
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.

Helen M. Greiner
1924-2013
Helen M. Greiner, age 88, a resident of Belen, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 21.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jake Greiner. Helen is survived by her two children, Carole Hunter and Arthur Greiner; three grandchildren, Cyndee, Larry and Lynna; five great-grandchildren, Jake, Jae-Lee, Brandon, Sarah and Makayla-Jolee.
Cremation has taken place.
Sign Helen’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Sue A. Mafit
1921-2013
Sue A. Mafit, age 92, a resident of Los Lunas, formerly of Albuquerque, passed away peacefully in her home on Feb. 15.
She was born in 1921 in Happy, Texas, to Roy A. and Janie C. Rogers. She spent her childhood in Canyon, Texas, where her father was a home builder until the depression.
To find work, her family moved west to New Mexico. In 1936, Sue enrolled in AHS, where she made life-long friends. She graduated in 1939. Sue worked for Sears during WWII, where she earned enough money to buy a new car that she claimed remained new for four years, due to the war effort.
Sue loved people and she never met a stranger. No matter where she went or how old she was, Sue made friends everywhere.
While attending UNM, she met and married Jack Mafit. They both worked at Sandia National Labs until the birth of their only child, Thiel Suzanne. Sue was a wonderful loving mother, fantastic cook and accomplished seamstress.
Sue loved her friends, pets and above all, her family. Her hobbies included fishing, drawing, painting, crafting, games of all kinds and collecting old things. Sue grew to love New Mexico and all it has to offer.
She invited everyone around her to enjoy life through her eyes. The clouds, the mountains, a new flower on a spring day, a bird singing in the tree, our New Mexico sunsets; Sue loved life, never taking one minute for granted. For many years, Sue was active in the PTA and Coronado Club.
Sue owned and operated Sunset Grocery in Albuquerque’s South Valley for 17 years. She loved all the people she came to know in her store. Sue would close every Wednesday at 1 p.m. to have lunch with the Lovely Ladies, a group of neighborhood widows. This continued  for more than 25 years. Sue also kept in contact with the “girls from AHS class of 1939,” meeting for lunch several times a year, until they were all in their late 80s.
Sue was a devoted daughter. She cared for her mother, Janie, until 1995 when Janie died. Sue then moved to Los Lunas to live with Thiel and her family, where she became active with the Los Lunas senior center and made many new friends.
A character among us, she was spirited, funny, generous, caring, happy and loving. Sue will be dearly missed.
Sue was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; her parents, Roy and Janie Rogers; and her only sibling, Roy Rogers Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Thiel, and son-in-law, Anthony Baca, and their sons, Jacob Baca and Matthew Baca, all of Los Lunas.
A private service was held at Sunset Memorial Mausoleum in Albuquerque.
To honor Sue, please send any memories you would like to share to her family home, or email to atjmbaca@msn.com.

Gertrude Miller
1928-2012
Gertrude Miller, age 84, a resident of Belen, passed away Sunday, Dec. 16.
She was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.  She graduated from Minot State Teachers College in 1950, and then taught elementary grades in North Dakota for 3 1/2 years.
She went on to graduate from Gale Institute at Minneapolis, Minn., for training in railroading. After completion, she went to work for Santa Fe Railroad in Amarillo, Texas, in 1951, and retiring in Belen as a train order operator in 1989 after 39 years of service.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Lydia Reinowski; and brothers, Francis and wife, Veronica Reinowski, and James and wife, Agnes Reinowski.
Gertrude is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Melvin Miller; sons, Neal Miller and Kent Miller and wife, Susan; grandsons, Michael, Jason, Mare and Ryan; great-grandchildren, Colin, Sarah, Hailey and Lynesia; and brother, Lawrence Reinowski and wife, Tillie of North Dakota.
Services will be held at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, Saturday, Feb. 23, beginning with a memorial service at 2 p.m., with a reception to follow.
The family would like to thank Belen Meadows, and Belen Ambercare for their love and care for Gertrude.
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.

Richard Michael Romero
1954-2013
Richard Michael Romero, age 58, retired Navy veteran, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 19, surrounded by his family.
Richard was born March 1, 1954, to Lee and Genevieve Romero in Flagstaff, Ariz. He was wed to Deborah Weisberg on June 2, 2002, in Temple City, Calif.
Richard was a former employee of Big Dog Motorcycles in Wichita, and AGCO in Hesston.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lee Romero; sister, Marilyn Drake and late wife, Marion Romero.
Richard is survived by his wife, Deborah Romero; mother, Genevieve Romero; children, Richard Morgan Romero, Ryan Marshall, Victoria Lynn Romero, Kathryn Rose and Shawn Kendall Williams; siblings, Carolyn Quinton, Jerry Romero and LeRoy Romero; and granddaughter, Elena Lynn Romero.
All services will be held at the Sangre de Cristo Catholic Church in Valencia, beginning with a viewing at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. A final visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m., Friday, March 1, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 3 p.m.
Sign Richards’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Adrian A. Wilsey
1979-2013
Adrian A. Wilsey, 33, a lifelong resident of Los Chavez, passed away on Monday, Feb. 18.
Adrian was born May 3, 1979, in Soldotna, Alaska, to Edwin and Brenda Wilsey.
Adrian is preceded in death by his mother, Brenda Wilsey; grandparents, John and Iris Wilsey; Billie Jo and Alfred Fanning; and uncle Derl Hawthorne.
Adrian is survived by his loving wife, April Wilsey; father, Edwin; brother, Anthony and his wife, Clarissa; nephews, Andrew Leon and Dalamar Wilsey; niece, Samantha Wilsey; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins that loved him dearly.
Adrian was also very proud of his extended family that grew leaps and bounds when he married April. He loved each and every one of them.
Adrian’s infectious joy and passion were evident in all aspects of his life. He kept his family at the center of his world. He was made whole when he married his wife, April Perea, on Oct. 4, 2007.
The five years that they were married were the happiest of their lives and they were the personification of true love. His love for his family was best described when you saw his love for his niece and nephews.
He was always ready to help with homework, play pirates or Captain America vs. the Hulk, or even catch up on “Phineas and Ferb.”
Adrian’s legacy in Valencia County was rooted in his loved for sports. He played Little League for 10 years, where he was a regular on the All-Star team, but he found a lifelong love for football when he joined YAFL. Everyone from his teammates that coined him “the Tank” as kids, to the comrades that he had on his semi-pro team, were able to see the passion and ferocity that he carried with him in all aspects in his life.
Adrian is loved by so many and will be forever missed.
Services will be held at the First Baptist Church of Belen on Monday, Feb. 25, beginning with a memorial service at 6 p.m., with a reception to follow.
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.