Deaths and funerals (05/16/13)


Anthony Vincent Aragon
Anthony Vincent Aragon, of Denver, Colo., age 46, passed away Friday, May 3, at the Denver Health Hospital.
He was born on May 15, 1966, to Joseph C. Aragon and Helen C. Little.
His surviving brothers and sisters are, Mike Chapman and wife, Fab, Terry Miller and wife, Yvonne, Stella Burress and husband, Bill, Kathy Miller and husband, Dan, Mark Aragon and wife, Sheryl, Penny Griego, Lyle Miller, William Aragon and wife, Sandi, and Kim Aragon; nieces and nephews, Jesse, Jeromey and Nicole Manzer, Regina Rodgers, Isaac Chapman, Nicholas and Alicia Griego, Kelly, Bobbi and Adrienne Miller, Christina, Desirae, Nathan and Attalie Aragon; and his stepdaughter, Victoria Martinez.
He was greatly influenced by his uncles, aunts and cousins.  He enjoyed a successful career of carpentry, fishing, hunting and golfing and was known for many positive contributions to his community. He will be greatly missed.
A celebration of Anthony’s life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, May 18, at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., 866-9992.  An online guest register is available at

Helen Brown
Helen Thompson Brown, age 63, a resident of the village of Los Lunas, passed away on Saturday, May 11, after a valiant battle with cancer.
Helen was born in Fort Gay, W.V., on Nov. 16, 1949. Helen was married to Sylvester “Butch” Brown. They were married 43 years.
Helen worked for Nabisco in Houston, Texas, for 20 years. She was employed by TSA for nine and a half years, during which she had the honor of working in Washington, D.C., during the inauguration of President George W. Bush before moving back to New Mexico.
She enjoyed taking hikes on her mountain and taking her grandsons on many adventures.
Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Ruby and Ott Thompson; and her brothers, Clifford, Kenneth and Billy.
Helen is survived by her husband, Sylvester; her sons, Don and Scott; her grandsons, Josh, Vincent, Christopher, Harrison and Nicholas; her brothers and sisters, Bernard, George, James, Marvin, Mary, Sophie and David; many loving nieces and nephews and other family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Presbyterian Cancer Center, 8300 Constitution NE, Building D Second Floor, Albuquerque, N.M.,  87110.
The family of Helen Brown wishes to extend a special “Thank You” to the TSA employees of Albuquerque.
Interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 11:15 a.m., Friday, May 17.
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

Louis M. Chavez
Louis M. Chavez, age 60, a resident of Belen, passed away on Wednesday, May 8.
He was a veteran of the United States Army, stationed in Germany where he worked as a truck driver. Louis attended Belen High School (Class of 1970).
He was preceded in death by his mother, Josephine Chavez; and a sister, Patricia Chavez.
Louis is survived by his father, Mariano Chavez; two sisters, Priscilla Otero and husband, Joseph, and Mary Lou Pacheco and husband, Benino; two brothers, Raymond Chavez and wife, Karen, and Michael P. Chavez and wife, Theresa. He will be greatly missed by many loving nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins.
All services were held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, on Monday, May 13. Interment was held at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens. A reception was held at the Belen Moose Lodge following interment.
The pallbearer was his youngest brother, Michael P. Chavez.
Sign Louis’ online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Jose Gallegos
Jose Gallegos, age 74, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Tuesday, May 7.
He is survived by his wife, Maria Consequelo Gallegos; and several children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
All services were held at Mission of San Juan Diego on Tuesday, May 14.
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

Rachel Jaramillo
Rachel Jaramillo, age 75, born on July 4, 1937, was called up to join Our Lord on Monday, May 6.
Rachel was a lifelong resident of Valencia County and a member of San Clemente Catholic Church. She will be remembered by her love for our Lord, her family and friends.
She greeted everyone with her bright smile, warm hugs and heartfelt laughter. Rachel is also remembered by her many talents, one of which is her numerous, colorful, hand-made quilts she generously gave as gifts. Her kitchen was a magnet to all who enjoyed her tantalizing home-made tortillas, tamales and her ever-flowing pot of coffee; you never left her home hungry.
She was preceded in  death by her parents, Frank and Beneranda Lopez, of Jarales; son, Phillip Cervantes, of Belen; nephew, Bobby Lopez Jr. and niece, Rachel Lopez, of Augusta, Ga.; and great-nephew, Daniel Lopez, of Los Lunas.
She is survived by her daughter, Randi Duran and husband, John; grandson, Carlos and wife, Amanda; and great-grandchildren, Carlos Jr., Jeremiah and Kaelyn; grandson, Richard and wife, Kristen; daughter, Becky Baldonado; granddaughter, Analisa; Josephine and husband, Dr. Tommy Roe; granddaughter Gabriella; grandson, Cody; brother, Bobby Lopez and nephew, Leonard Lopez, of Augusta, Ga.; brother, Fermin and wife, Angie Lopez, of Los Lunas; nephews, Fermin Jr. and wife, Andrea Lopez, Al and wife, Kellie Lopez, Henry and wife, Olivia Lopez, and Dominic Lopez. She is also survived by many great nieces and great nephews, Alicia, Raquel, Marisa, Sara, Gabriel, Diego, Michayla, Andrea, Damien, Sonja, Elena, Nicole, Samantha, Leanne and Isaac; and great-niece Dee Dee.
All services were held at San Clemente Catholic Church on Thursday, May 9. Interment was held at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
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

Merlene Johnson
Merlene Johnson, born Dec. 17, 1928, passed away April 29.
She was born in Wellington, Kan., to Albert Coy Yount and Doris Hinchcliffe Yount, moved to Clovis in 1936. The family moved to Belen in December 1939, and she married Charles Robert (Bob) Johnson on Nov. 15, 1949.
She had three children, Robert (Butch), Susan (Suzi) and Richard (Ricky), who preceded her in death Aug. 4, 1980. Her husband, Bob, preceded her in death June 1, 2000.
She is survived by a son, Butch and wife, Sharon; daughter, Suzi and husband, Tom Parks; two granddaughters, Sandi and Christin; one sister, Helen Eichman; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
She accepted Jesus as her Savior in October 1950. She was a charter member of Sierra Vista Baptist Church, which she and Bob helped start in 1962. She was active in Woman’s Missionary Union and served as president from 1990 until about 2011.
She served as treasurer and music director when the church started in 1962 and held those jobs until 2013.
She retired from Belen Consolidated Schools in 1990, where she was a secretary for 23 years. She was a member of the Sunshine Extension Club, Valencia County Christian Women organization and served on the board of the Belen Area Food Pantry from 1990 until 2011.
Her body has been donated to the University of New Mexico.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sierra Vista Baptist Church, P.O. Box 289, Belen, N.M., 87002.
Memorial services will be at Sierra Vista Baptist Church at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 18.

Macedonia “Maisie” Lozano
Macedonia Lozano, age 89, a resident of Belen, was called to our Lord on Monday, May 13.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Belen. After finishing high school, Maisie attended the Baptist Seminary of El Paso, and for many years was a nurses’ aide at New Cornelia Hospital in Ajo, Ariz.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Timotea Gutierrez-Sanchez and Jacobo Sanchez; brothers and sisters, Tomasita Sanchez-Boyd, Jose Inez Sanchez, Juan Sanchez, Sosteno Sanchez, Elithaz Sanchez and Olivama Sanchez; her first husband, Juan M. Espiritu, whom she married on Feb. 26, 1942, in Albuquerque; and her second husband, Jesse G. Lozano, whom she married on July 27, 1968, in Ajo, Ariz.; and her stepson, Quirino Maestas.
Maisie is survived by her children, Ricardo Espiritu (Diane), Theodore Espiritu (Elizabeth), Eileen Facio and Michelle Lozano-Armijo; stepchildren, Leroy Maestas and Tita Maestas; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren and many nephews, nieces and cousins.
A viewing will be held at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel at 7 p.m., Friday, May 17, followed by a memorial service at 7:30 p.m. A final viewing will be held at First Baptist Church of Belen at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 18, followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m.  Burial will follow at Terrace Grove Cemetery.
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

Lloyd Maslin
Lloyd Maslin, 73, born in Harrisburg, Pa., passed on in Belen on April 4.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard and Radio Free Europe in the early 1960s.
He is survived by only a few friends; no known relatives have been located.
He loved fishing, hunting and doing his woodburning art.
A small memorial service will be held from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 18, at Becker Street Pub in Belen. A potluck will be served; come one, come all. He was a loved friend.

Jenny Romero Trammell
Jenny Romero Trammell was born in Socorro on Dec. 9, 1938. She passed away on April 12 in Melbourne, Fla.
Jenny is survived by her large, loving family, including her sister, Peggy; brothers, Charlie, Leroy, Sonny and Wilford; children, Ruth, Thomas, Robert and Michele. Jenny was a beloved grandmother to Peter Jr., Veronica and Hanna.
Jenny was a devoted Catholic and avid viewer of Eternal World Television Network.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, 3222 Country Road 548, Hanceville, Alabama, 35007. Please send all thoughts, prayers and condolences to Jenny’s email address: for the family.

Yuri Francisco Trujillo
Yuri Francisco Trujillo was born in Albuquerque on Feb. 27, 1987, to John and Dolores Trujillo. He passed away on Saturday, May 11.
He was a fun-loving, kind-hearted young man, who would do anything for anyone and loved to make people laugh. His smile and eccentric personality could lift anyone’s spirits and light up any room.
He loved to sing karaoke and was a singer in a band with his friends.
He is survived by his loving parents, John and Dolores Trujillo; brothers, Dominic and Dimitri; sister, Bah-Whee; and brother-in-law, Calvin Spottedwolf; sister-in-law, Kristina AKA “Sis”; nephew, Dominic; and nieces, Bella and Delilah. He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins and many friends.
A memorial service will be held at the Bosque Farms Community Center at noon on Saturday, May 18.