Deaths and funerals (03/16/13)
Joseph (Joe) Anthony Baca Jr.
Joseph (Joe) Anthony Baca Jr. went home to be with our Lord and Savior on March 11, surrounded by his loving family.
Joe was born on June 7, 1929, in Santa Rosa. He was married to the love of his life, Connie for 56 years. Some of their favorite times together were spent traveling in their motor home across the United States and parts of Canada. The grandkids were always thrilled to see Tata and Nana drive up in their house on wheels!
Joe had many names: Dad, Tata, Uncle, Brother, Papa Bear and Stinky. He was a man who felt a deep sense of responsibility to make a difference by serving his country in the Army Air Corps and serving his communities as a New Mexico state policeman, Albuquerque city policeman, Valencia County undersheriff and Los Lunas village councilman to name a few.
He was also quite the entrepreneur, demonstrating that with the many businesses he and mom started such as Little Loans, The Fence Post, The Pawn Shop and finally Baca’s Village Insurance.
Some of Joe’s accomplishments include general manager for Seaboard Finance Company for the state of New Mexico, president and member of Rotary and a member of the Elks and American Legion.
Joe is survived by his children, Carla Chambers, Joseph Baca III (Vivian), Cyndi McKay (Bob), and Maria Chrissinger (Stephen); his grandchildren, James Rightley (Jenell), Michele Rightley, Cindy Bishop (Scott), Britney McKay (fiancé Aaron Straub), Samantha Baca, Morgan McKay, Natalie Baca and John Chrissinger; his great-grandchildren, Taryne, James Jr., Moriah, Noelle and Faith Rightley, Addicyn and Payson Bishop; his siblings, Laute Lucero (Florence), Cres Baca and MaryAnn Chavez.
Joe was preceded in death by his wife, Connie (2007); his son, Phillip (1998); and his parents, Joseph Baca Sr., and Carmen Lucero.
Our family would love to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Elia Sandoval and Christina Quintana for their loving care of our father.
A Rosary was recited on Friday, March 15, at the San Clemente gathering room. Mass of a Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 16, at the San Clemente Catholic Church. Interment will follow at San Clemente Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be James Rightley, Stephen Chrissinger and Jack Pittington.
To view service information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Garcia Mortuary, 717 Stover Ave. SW, Albuquerque, 243-5222.
Dorothy Arleen Miller
Dorothy Arleen Miller, age 87, a resident of Los Lunas, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 3.
Dorothy Miller was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.
She is survived by her daughters, Laura Miller and Arleen Dee Montgomery; grandchildren, Greg McWhorter, Jeff McWhorter and wife, Lesley, Tammy Bear, Jonathan Selfridge and wife, Kimberly, and Sarah Miller and children; great-grandchildren, Taylor McWhorter, Brandy, James and Justin Bear; sons-in-law Jim Hammetter and Richard Montgomery; step-grandsons, Brian Selfridge and wife, Christa, and Robert Selfridge.
She was preceded in death by her husband and soul mate, James Baker (J.B.) Miller; and son, James Rowland Miller.
Dorothy had a warm personality and a great sense of humor. She enjoyed, taught and shared the skills of gardening, sewing and cooking.
She was a devoted Christian and was a member of First Baptist Church of Los Lunas. She loved hymns and responded to music until the end of her life. She loved to share the way of Salvation with everyone.
Dorothy was a warm, outgoing, caring and forgiving person who touched the lives of everyone she met. She lived life to the fullest and always with courage and dignity.
Dorothy worked alongside her husband, J. B., farming in Anton, Colo., and on their dairy farm in Estancia. When the family moved to Albuquerque’s South Valley, Dorothy worked in a drugstore and in a school cafeteria.
J.B. and Dorothy moved to Los Lunas after raising their family, where they owned a welding shop. Dorothy did the shop’s bookkeeping, drove a rural mail route in Tomé, and after J.B.’s death in 1994, she sold Avon.
When her abilities were limited by a stroke, Dorothy continued to be very involved with church activities, including Bible study and Bible school and with her gardening.
A memorial service was held March 4 at First Baptist Church, Los Lunas. Graveside service was March 6 at Sunset Memorial Park in Albuquerque.
She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Please visit our online guest book for Dorothy at www.FrenchFunerals.com, French, 1111 University Blvd. NE, 843-6333.
Richard “Wedo” B. Perez
Richard “Wedo” B. Perez, age 75, a resident of Tomé, passed away at home with his family by his side on Tuesday, March 12.
He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomé. Richard was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He enjoyed going to yard sales with the love of his life. He restored cars, and had a numerous collection of cars. Richard was self-employed as a brick mason. But most of all, he loved spending time with his family.
Even though sometimes he wasn’t feeling well, if you asked him, “How are you Dad or Grandpa?” his response was “Fair to midlen.” We will miss and love you.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ramon and Dolores Benavidez Perez; son, Chris Perez; grandson, Joey Martinez; a very special uncle, Jimmy Benavidez; and many aunts and uncles.
Richard is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Carmen; children, Richard Perez Jr. and wife, Kathryn, Dolores Marquez and husband, Dennis, Sarah Perez and companion, Cesar, Gene Perez and wife, Bernadette, Cathy Casaus and husband, Leroy, and Carmela Martinez and husband, Paul Jr.; 19 grandchildren, Melissa and Michael Perez, Leanne and Johnathan Marquez, Phillip and Anita Perez, Marcella, Carlos and Armando Piro, Annabelle, Gene, Derek and Thomas Perez, Elias and Amanda Casaus, Alyssa and Alexis Tafoya, Angelo and Angelica Martinez; 10 great-grandchildren, Elijah and Andres Perez, Zaiden Marquez, Christian and LaRae Duran, Azariah Jones, Trinity Perez, Joseph, Francisco and Dominic Martinez; siblings, Ray Perez and wife, Tina, Rudy Perez and wife, Eloisa, Tony Perez and wife, Becky, Lawrence Perez and wife, Roberta, Albert Perez, Raymond Perez and wife, Yvonne, and Felipe Gallegos.
He is also survived by his special dogs, Sassy and Rex.
All services will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomé, beginning with a viewing at 5 p.m., Sunday, March 17, with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. A final visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m., Monday, March 18, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Tomé Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Michael Perez, Johnathan Marquez, Carlos Piro, Phillip Perez, Little Gene Perez, Elias Casaus and Alyssa Tafoya. Honorary pallbearers will be all his other grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Sign Richard’s online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.
Dolores P. Shannon
Dolores P. Shannon, age 78, a resident of Los Lunas, has continued her journey on to heaven on Wednesday, March 13.
She was born in Albuquerque to Earle and Vera Padilla. She moved to Los Lunas in 1971.
She was an active member of San Clemente Catholic Church. Dolores started the bereavement community and was captain of the Los Lunas Catholic Daughters. She was always there for a helping hand and a smile.
Dolores was also a golfer and had three holes in one and set up golf tournaments.
Dolores is survived by her loving son, Earl Ortega; children of the love of her life, Don Shannon, Kitty, Mike and Pat Shannon; and her sister, Patricia Padilla.
All services will be held at San Clemente Catholic Church in Los Lunas on Monday, March 18, beginning with a viewing at 9 a.m., with a Rosary to be recited at 9:30 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 19.
Sign Dolores’ online register book at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.
Jose A. Vallejos
Jose “Papa Joe” Vallejos, age 66, a resident of Albuquerque, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday, March 12.
Jose was born on March 31, 1946, in Adelino to Maximiliano and Emilia Vallejos.
All services will be held at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 1400 Arenal Rd. SW, in Albuquerque. A Rosary will be held at 6:30 p.m., Monday, March 18, with a viewing from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m., Tuesday, March 19. He will be laid to rest at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, 1900 Edith Blvd. NE, in Albuquerque.
Pallbearers will be his friends, Doug Harris and Luther Lucero, and his nephews David Lopez, Arthur Lopez, Robert Torres and Paul Torres.