Deaths and funerals (02/27/13)


Odelia M. Blea
Odelia M. Blea, age 77, a resident of Los Chavez, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 24.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Juan and Pablita Pachicha Blea; sisters, Rebecca Tenorio and Mary Garcia; and brother, Salvador Blea.
Odelia is survived by her brother, Max Blea and wife, Gloria; sister, Gloria Olibas; niece, Sylvia Romero; and great-nephew, Raymond Romero. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. Interment will be held at a later date.
Sign Odelia’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Sergio Acosta Chavez
Sergio Acosta Chavez, age 23, a resident of Belen, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 24.
A viewing will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27. Interment will be held at a later date.
Sign Sergio’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Natalie “Nat” Clark
Natalie Clark, age 72, passed away Friday, Feb. 22.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 864-4448, where a complete obituary and online guest register is available at

Rosendo (Buddy)  Gallegos Jr.
Died 2013
Rosendo (Buddy) Gallegos Jr., age 81, a resident of Bosque Farms, passed away on Feb. 22.
Mr. Gallegos is survived by his sister, Adela Padilla; sons, Ross Raymond Gallegos and James Richard Gallegos and wife, Annie; grandchildren, Jason Gallegos, Anne Preble, Monique Fellows, Ross Gallegos Jr., Christian Gallegos, Jacob Gallegos, Veronica Gallegos, Andrew Gallegos, Rosendo Gallegos, Catherine Gallegos, David Gallegos, Maria Gallegos, Thomas Gallegos, Elizabeth Gallegos, Robert Gallegos, Joseph Gallegos and Maximiliano Gallegos; and great-grandchild, Sean Gallegos.
Rosendo was preceded in death by his parents, Rosendo Ramon Gallegos Sr. and Margaret (Salazar) Gallegos; sister, Mary Wylie; wife, Evangeline (Baca) Gallegos; and sons, Ronald James Gallegos, Robert Alan Gallegos and Michael Dennis Gallegos.
Rosendo was a dedicated father and husband, and was involved in World Wide Marriage Encounter. He was a devout Catholic. He and his wife, Evangeline, were the co-chairs of Catholic Social Services. He served as a Eucharistic minister who took communion to the sick and shut-ins.
Rosendo was a veteran of the United States Air Force, the director of Roadrunner Food Bank, and a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus.
He enjoyed woodcarving and retablo painting.
A visitation will be held from 8:30 to 9 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, at San Clemente Catholic Church. A Rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Interment will take place at 12:45 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, at Santa Fe National Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Rosendo Gallegos, Ross Gallegos Jr., Christian Gallegos, Thomas Gallegos, Jacob Gallegos and David Gallegos.
Please visit our online guest book for Rosendo at French, 1111 University Blvd. NE, 843-6333.

Dennis Hall
Died 2013
Dennis Hall began his dance in heaven on Feb. 13, free of lupus and his wheelchair. Peacefully in his sleep, he went home to be with his Lord.
His memorial was held in Houston, Texas, where he had lived most of his adult life.
He is preceded in death by his dad, Douglas Hall. He is survived by his children, Jeff and Shanna Hall, Denise and John Ely; grandchildren, Kyle Hall, Cameron Hall, Lola Ely and Ava Jane Ely; his mother, Bettie Hall; and sister, Linda Jenkins and her husband, Ken Jenkins.
Dennis was a 1966 graduate of Belen High School.

Stella Hanlon
Stella Hanlon, age 93, a resident of Veguita, passed away Monday, Feb. 25.
Arrangements are pending at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 864-4448, 418 W. Reinken Ave., where an online guest register is available at

Eugene Jackson
Eugene JackSon, AKA JackSon, Smoky, Professor and Doc, age 74, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 14.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Myrtle; and sister, Fay Hogland, all of Seiling, Okla.
He is survived by his sons, Kevin and wife, Brandi, of Pueblo West, Colo., and Devin and partner, Earl, of Tulsa, Okla.; and his former wife and dear friend, Marty JackSon, of Albuquerque.
He leaves behind six grandchildren, Morgan, Keaton, Catie, Amber, Kyler and Ryker; sisters, Joyce Nichols and his twin, Eunice Knott and husband, Dave, of Los Lunas, Marge Smith of Hatch; and brother, Phillip (Pepe) of Glendale, Ariz.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired machinist. He thoroughly enjoyed meeting his friends for breakfast daily.
Per his wishes, a celebration of his life will be held from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, March 16, at his sister Eunice’s home, 2460 Willow Road in Los Lunas.

Melvin Maldonado
Melvin Maldonado, age 47, a resident of Jarales, passed away Monday, Feb. 25.
He was a member of San Francisco Mission in Jarales. Melvin graduated from Belen High School in 1983, and loved playing poker with his friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Maldonado; grandparents, Rojerio Olguin and Vitalia Olguin; and his uncle, Robert.
Melvin is survived by his children, Justine Maldonado, Emilio Maldonado, and Matthew Lovato; mother, Viola Montoya; stepfather, Larry Montoya; brothers and sisters, Frances, Loddy, Patricia, Paul and Paula; and many cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; companion, Diane Olguin; and by his very best friends and poker mates, Clyde Martinez, Lawrence Garcia, Luis Wade, Elias Barela, John Sanchez and Junni Urtiaga.
For service information. call the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 864-4448, where an online guest register is available at

Alfred Montoya
Died 2013
Alfred Montoya, age 88, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother, was embraced by the Lord and taken to his heavenly home, Thursday, Feb. 21.
He was a life-long resident of Los Lunas, where he was a member of the Catholic community. He was a former employee of Sandia National Laboratory.
Alfred was a proud veteran of the United States Army, who served his country during World War II. He received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Service Arrowhead. He was a member of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans.
Alfred enjoyed going to the flea markets and working with ceramics.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nicholas and Candelaria Montoya; grandson, Brian Anzures, granddaughter, Annette Olguin; great-grandson, Truman Woods; brothers, Nestor, Ruben and Henry Montoya; and sister, Dora Vaisa.
Alfred is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Katherine Montoya; his children, Cathy Gonzales and husband, Herman, Theresa Lujan and husband, George, Esperanza Olguin and Art, Berna Vallejos, Rudy Montoya and wife, Patty, and Mark Montoya;  his step-daughters, Linda Lewis of Marietta, Ga.,, Juanita Clark and husband, Ed, of Tucson, Ariz.; 19 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Herman Montoya and Senovio Montoya; his sisters, Henrietta Moreno, Mary Castillo, Benita Piro and Connie Chavez; and many other relatives and friends.
Alfred will be greatly missed by his loving family and by those whose hearts he touched.
A visitation and Rosary were held Tuesday, Feb. 26, at San Clemente Catholic Church, in Los Lunas. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Church of the Incarnation, 2309 Monterrey Rd., NE, in Rio Rancho. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 3 p.m.
Casket bearers will be Andy Anzures, Keith Tompson, James Vallejos, Brian Anzures, Taylor Montoya and Michael Clark.  Honorary bearer will be Jeffrey Lewis. Honorably escorting Alfred to his final resting place will be the Patriot Guard Riders.  Military honors will be accorded by the Santa Fe Chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard.
At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the  Disabled American Veterans, Alzheimer’s Association or San Clemente Catholic Church in Los Lunas.
To view information or leave a condolence please visit; Daniels Family Funeral Services
Alameda Mortuary, 9420 Fourth St. NW, Albuquerque,  898-3160.

Nelda Faye Sams
Died 2013
Nelda Faye Sams, 56, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Feb. 23.
Nelda was preceded in death by her father, Joseph W. Huston; mother, Belverda Troutz Huston; brothers, Little Johnnie Huston and Joseph W. Huston; and sister, Barbara J. Baca.
She is survived by her husband, Herbert Michael Sams; son, Michael E. Sams and wife, Amie Sams; daughter, Tonia R. A. Sams and fiancé, Alvin Robinson; granddaughters, Savannah Rose, Bethany Abigail, Michaela Hope and Lola Emelia Sams; brothers, James A. Huston, John E. Huston and Thomas J. Huston, and many nieces and nephews.
Nelda’s life was committed to her faith in Christ. Nelda had a determination to live her life for Him.
Nelda never met a child she didn’t love. She believed every child has a purpose from God, and it was this belief that led her to a ministry of teaching children about Jesus. Nelda taught children from 3 years old through sixth grade through Sunday School classes and missions ministries including Girls in Action, Bible Builders and Vacation Bible School.
God placed a love in her heart for hurting women. She led a women’s Bible study at La Entrada, a rehabilitation center facility in Los Lunas. She also led others to become involved in this ministry.
Nelda loved life, her family and people. This was her calling from the Lord. She impacted the lives of many children and adults.
I, as a pastor, could have had no better helpmate and companion in my 31 years serving in the ministry. She will be missed by all who loved her.
Services will be held at East Lawn Palms Mortuary and Cemetery, 5801 E. Grant Blvd., Tucson, Ariz.
Visitation will be held at noon, Friday, March 1; services following at 1 p.m., with Rev. Herbert M. Sams, officiating.

Bruce L. Wood
Bruce L. Wood, age 78, a resident of Bosque Farms, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20.
He was born March 22, 1934, in Hope, N.M. In 1937, his family dairy farmed on 65 acres in Bosque Farms. He was a heavy equipment mechanic, and loved to work in his yard and garden.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Grace Wood; infant son, Whalen Scott; infant daughter, Roxanne Kathleen; granddaughter, Leandra Ashly Hamilton; brother, Chanley Ketchell; and sisters, Jessie Faye Crockett and Barbara Buckner.
Bruce is survived by his wife, Donna Lynn; daughters, Kym and Rick Hamilton, Kellie Paradise, Tammy and Ryan Hoolahan, and Amy and Travis DeGroat; sons, Kelton Wood, and Chad and Amanda Wood; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
For service information please call the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 866-9992, 2211-D Main St., where an online guest register is available at