Deaths and funerals (05/23/13)


Genevieve “BB” Alderete
Genevieve “BB” Alderete, age 85, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Sunday, May 19.
She was a great cook and enjoyed going to the casino. She will be greatly missed.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Neddy Alderete; children, Bernadette Alderete McKissick, Danny and Juan Alderete; grandson, Christopher McKissick; and many other beloved relatives.
Genevieve is survived by her children, Helen Gallegos, David Alderete, Neddy Alderete Jr., and wife, Theresa, Kathie Parras and husband, Michael, and special son and friend, Rick Moya; 17 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren; brothers, Charlie and Georgie Ramirez; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Church of the Ascension, 2150 Raymac Rd., SW Albuquerque. A final visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, May 23, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Interment will follow services at Pajarito Cemetery, Central Ave., Albuquerque.
Serving as pallbearers will be Phillip Gallegos, Steven Alderete, Rick Moya, Orlando Alderete, Salomon Alderete and Johnny Alderete.  Honorary pallbearers will be Antone Parras, Michael Gallegos, Eric Alderete, Michael Parras Jr. and Daniel Alderete.
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

Joe A. Baldonado
Joe A. Baldonado, age 41, a resident of Belen, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 12.
He had a love for people and life. Joe enjoyed the outdoors gardening, growing green chile and his job at Walmart Distribution Center, and was a big Dallas Cowboys fan, and just loved his wife, Monica, very much.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jose E. Baldonado.
Joe is survived by his wife, Monica; children, Joseph and Nathan Baldonado, and Jessica and Joseph Barfield; grandchildren, Selena, Isaac, Madison and Little Joseph; mother, Renee Baldonado; sisters, Geraldine and husband, Joseph Gabaldon, and Joan Baldonado; and many uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
Services will be held on Friday, May 24, at Calvary Chapel Rio Grande, beginning with a visitation at 8 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 8:30 a.m. The burial to follow will be private, but there will be a reception open to all at the Elks Lodge for family and friends at noon.
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

Jose “Doro” Dolores Bustamante
Jose “Doro” Dolores Bustamante, age 67, a resident of Belen, passed away on Tuesday, May 14.
Starting out of high school, Joe became a very skilled tinsmith. He took pride working in Los Alamos for 18 years, and in Farmington at the power plant, where he raised his three boys. He also worked for Sisneros Bros. Manufacturing for 10 years. Joe ended his career retiring from Romero Heating and Cooling after 10 years of outstanding service.
He was always doing things for people. He felt bad if you had nothing for him to work on. Joe always helped family and friends. Other than working in his skilled profession and helping others, he enjoyed spending time at the casino.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Dorothy Bustamante; parents, Jose Antonio and Adela Castillo Bustamante; brothers, Manuel and Leo Bustamante; and brother-in-law, Porfirio Chavira.
Joe is survived by his three sons, Joseph, Michael and wife, Corina, and Thomas and wife, Sarah; seven grandchildren, Georgina, Kai, Kirk, Stephen, Hayden, Jacob and Dominic; brothers, George and wife, Linda Bustamante, Ruben and wife, Yolanda Sanchez, Gene and wife, Helen Bustamante, Raymond and wife, Kathy Bustamante; and sisters, Sarah Chavira, Ernestina and husband, Eliseo Sisneros, Rosie and husband, Abenicio Sisneros, Josie Garcia and Teresa and husband, Tom Maupin. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Joe will be dearly missed by all especially by his very close sister, Josie Garcia.
All services were held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, on Monday, May 20, with Father Scott McKee presiding. Interment followed at Abo Catholic Cemetery.
Sign Joe’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Blanche R. Moss
Blanche R. Moss, age 90, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Thursday, May 16.
She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Blanche is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Sandy Moss; grandsons, Wes and his wife, Katie, and Justin and his wife, Christie; nine great-grandchildren, Jeb, Lane, Saydie, Samantha, Logan, Audrey, Levi, Lori and Cole; her two little buddies, Buster and Scooter; a nephew, Jack Porch and his wife, Deana of Cuchillo, N.M; and a cousin, Vivian Merritt of Canyon Lake, Texas.
No services are planned. Interment will take place at Santa Fe National 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

Moises A. Silva
Moises A. Silva, age 36, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Monday, May 20.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church on Thursday, May 23, beginning with a visitation at 10 a.m., a Rosary to be recited at 10:30 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. with Father Hoi Tran presiding. Interment will follow at Valencia Catholic Cemetery.
Sign Moises’ online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Leonard Charles Torres
Leonard Charles Torres, a former Belen resident and resident of Chandler, Ariz., passed away peacefully on May 8 after a courageous battle with a year-long illness.
Leonard was born on July 3, 1954, in Belen. He was the third of seven children born to Tom and Martha Torres. He had a happy childhood growing up in a neighborhood with many children.
He made lifelong friends and remained close to his family throughout his life. Leonard accomplished much during his life. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School, Belen Jr. High and Belen High School, graduating in 1972.
In high school, Leonard was a member of the Varsity Club, played offensive tackle for the Eagles for three years, along with his older brothers, Tom and Michael. He also was a pitcher for the Eagle baseball team for two years and played basketball for one year.
After graduating from Belen High in 1972, Leonard was awarded an athletic scholarship at Western New Mexico University in Silver City. He played for the Mustangs for four years. In his first years with the Mustangs, Leonard played offensive tackle. After he was red-shirted that first year due to a knee injury, he came back to play offensive guard.
He graduated with a degree in marketing-management and economics, continuing his education he also earned a master’s of business administration. While working on his masters, he was a graduate assistant.
After receiving his MBA, Leonard was recruited by Valley National Bank at a WNMU job fair. Immediately after graduation, he moved to the Phoenix area and began a successful banking career.
Leonard also taught economics and statistics for South Mountain Community College. His boss described him as the reason many students were inspired to continue their education — they didn’t want to miss a single class because of his unique teaching techniques.
Leonard served five years on the board of directors for East Valley Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He received awards for the 2008 National Service to Youth Award, 2004-2007 Vice-President Business & Finance, and 2004-2006 Fundraising Excellence.
Leonard’s favorite hobby was playing golf. He remained athletic his entire life becoming an avid golfer in 1997, he played many famous courses. He worked at perfecting his game alongside his wife, Peggy.
Above all, Leonard’s greatest love was the Lord and his family.
His father, Tom, passed away in 1996.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy Ann; daughter, Dara Lynn and her children, David, Anthony and Angel; stepsons, Jeff and wife, Kara, and their son, Tyler, Gabe and wife, Taira, and their children, Dylon and Kora, Brent and wife, Audrey, and their daughter, Vivieanne; mother, Martha Torres; brothers, Tom and wife, Paulette, Michael and Raymond; sisters, Anna Martinez and husband, Joe, Frances, Margaret Ann Espinoza and husband, Gilbert. He is also survived and loved by many loving nieces, nephews and friends.
All services were held in Chandler, Ariz.