Deaths and funerals (03/02/13)


Frank George Etre
Frank Etre passed away peacefully in his sleep on Feb. 22 at age 89.
He was born on March 12, 1923, to Italian immigrants, Anthony and Carmela (Gallo) Etre. He and his two siblings, Marguerite and Samuel, grew up in Mamaroneck, N.Y.
During his long and vigorous life, he enjoyed the blessings of a 65-year marriage to Carolyn, a family of five daughters, eight grandsons and two great-grandchildren.
Frank was a wonderful storyteller, and his own life story is the epitome of the American Dream.
With never a nickel in his pocket, Frank lived through the Great Depression, and after high school, he joined the Marines, serving throughout the Pacific during World War II. When he returned home with only $40 to his name, he married his wartime sweetheart, Carolyn, and began a challenging career selling insurance in New York.
In 1962, he jumped at a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, picked up everything he owned, and moved his family to the Virgin Islands, where he began a number of businesses on St. Croix, including The Town Wheel restaurant and Vimark ship chandlering.
He took an early retirement in 1982 and resettled to Belen, where he devoted himself to travelling the world, involving himself in his community and hosting many family gatherings, including a 50th wedding anniversary tour of Italy accompanied by 14 family members.
Frank loved to cook, was very good at it, and shared many big meals with family and friends. “Come early and stay late” was his constant refrain.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; five daughters, Lynn, Patty, Jan, Pam and Lisa; sons-in-law, Vic Vandegriff, Pat Hensley, Kirk Foster and Jose Perez; grandchildren, Michael and Sarajane, Matthew, Scott, Paco and Stephanie, Kevin, Tony, Daniel and Christopher; and great-grandchildren, Aidan and Cora.
The family wishes to extend its deepest gratitude to all of Frank and Carolyn’s many friends and relatives who shared in his life’s joyous moments, as well as Quail Run Condominium, VistaCare Hospice, and the Kingston Residence of Santa Fe, for their untiring personal care of Frank and their heartfelt consideration for his wife and family.
A military service will be arranged at a later date.

Glenn Gebler
Glenn Gebler, age 76, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away Saturday, Feb. 23.
Services will be held at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, Friday, March 8, beginning with a visitation at 12:30 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m.
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

Stella Hanlon
Stella Hanlon, “Little Gram,” will be laid to rest in a casket made by her grandson, a master carpenter, but she will reside forever in a home prepared for her by her Master Carpenter, Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Born Oct. 3, 1919, she was welcomed home Monday, Feb. 25.
Stella came to New Mexico from Pennsylvania in 1972, and has since resided in Veguita. Widowed at age 42, she raised a family of two daughters and three sons through hard work, determination and faith.
The people and things that mattered to her, mattered deeply. She had a strong love for her country and prayed that it would return to its Biblical foundations.
The people who employed her to clean their homes found they’d added another member to their families — someone who cared for them, prayed for them, and, often, even scolded them!
She was passionate about missions, praying for the lost and those reaching out to them. Her prayers often led her to investments from her small savings and her time and efforts.
She loved her church, faithfully praying for all that were a part of it. She became “Little Gram” to everyone there. Everyone looked forward to her doughnuts in October and her homemade bread at Christmas.
Grandma loved her family. She continually interceded for all.  She especially looked forward to Christmas with her whole family crowded into her overheated house. She worked year-round so she was able to give gifts to everyone.
She loved being surrounded by her family. But most of all, Stella loved her Lord. Her passion was for all to come to a saving knowledge of her Jesus, who forgave her sins and welcomed her home. She truly could not have survived without His loving care.
If you dropped in at her house, chances were good that you would find her in prayer or reading His Word.
She is survived by two daughters, Audrey Handley and husband, David, of Veguita, and Stella “Snooki” Ridley and husband, Len, also of Veguita; three sons, Art Hanlon and wife, Cheryl, of Titusville, Penn., Allan Hanlon and wife, Rose, of Veguita, and Ronnie Hanlon and wife, Elaine, of Stoneboro, Penn.; 16 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren!
Services were held at the Chihuahua Bible Chapel in Veguita on Friday, March 1. Interment followed at the Chihuahua Bible Chapel Cemetery.
The family has asked, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to any of the following organizations in memory of Stella:  New Mexico Right to Life, Valencia County Chapter of Albuquerque Care Net (please specify Valencia County) or Focus On the Family.
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

Faustino G. Molina
Faustino G. Molina, age 80, a resident of Belen, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 28. He was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church in Belen. He was a talented guitar player and singer.
Faustino retired from the civil service after many years of outstanding service. He loved to garden and would share his bounty with family and friends. He was always helping people, feeding them or just lending a helping hand. He was a giving man with a very giving heart.
Faustino is preceded in death by his parents Loretto and Julia Padilla Molina; son John Molina; five brothers and two sisters.
He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years Gloria Silva Molina; son Sammy and wife, Margaret; daughter Julia; daughter Rosalie and husband, Francisco; daughter Camille; son Dennis and wife, Pamela; son Edwardo; son John and nine grandchildren.
Faustino is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen in Belen on March 5, beginning with a visitation at 9 a.m. and a Rosary to be recited at 9:30 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m.
Interment will follow at a later date. Sign Faustino’s  online register book at Romero Funeral  Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen, N.M.

Marian Walkup
Marian Walkup, 88, born Sept. 8, 1924, passed away at her residence in Los Lunas, on Wednesday, Feb. 27.
She was a charter member of the First Baptist Church of Los Chavez, and was the owner of the first flower shop in Los Lunas for many years.
Marion was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Batts; parents, Robert and Grace Gill; husband, Ellis Walkup; and son, Davis Batts.
She is survived by her sons, Cecil Batts and his wife, Patsy, and Allen Batts and his wife, Susan; daughter, Gloria Askew; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and brother, Robert Gill.
Graveside services will take place on Tuesday, March 5, at Sunset Memorial Park in Albuquerque with Brother Boyd Morerod officiating.
Pallbearers will be Allen Batts, Cecil Batts, Daniel Batts, Clayton Batts, Aleq Ibarra and Jason Askew. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Batts and Juan Fiechter.
Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St. NE, 565-1700. Please visit Marian’s online guest register at