Deaths and funerals (05/30/13)


Abelicio M. Baca

Abelicio M. Baca, age 91, a resident of Bosque, passed away on Sunday, May 26. He was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.
Abelicio proudly served in the United States Army Air Corp during WWII and was a retired civil service employee.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Dulcinea “Candy” Harris Baca; his parents, Rafael David and Remelia Pena Baca; brothers, Ruben and Vidal Baca; sisters, Nila Chavez and Emilia Gabaldon; and granddaughter, Tiffany Candace Spillers.
Abelicio is survived by his son, Leroy Baca, of Bosque; daughters, Carlyne McKinley and husband, Kevin, of Chico, Texas, Louise Spillers and husband, Randy, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Lillian Smith and husband, Marde, of San Diego, Calif.; 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; brothers, Herman Baca and wife, Mary, and Isaias Baca and wife, Patricia; sisters, Lucy Metzner, Gertrude Sisneros, Celine Baca, Eloria Rhoades and husband, Dusty, and Mary Tearnan and husband, Robert. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
A viewing will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 30, with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. A final visitation will be held at Cristo Rey Catholic Church in Bosque at 9:30 a.m., Friday, May 31, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m., with Father Scott McKee presiding. Interment will follow at Cristo Rey Catholic Cemetery.
Sign Abelicio’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Rhonda Clark

Rhonda Clark, age 49, passed away Monday, May 27.
She was born May 7, 1964, in Belen, to Richard and Rosa Clark. Rhonda attended UNM-Valencia Campus and was a member of the choir. Rhonda had a passion for singing and dancing. She had a beautiful voice, often performing at weddings and funerals.
She loved both of her dogs and would often feed and shelter stray animals until finding them a home. She was always full of laughter and had kind words for everyone she came into contact with. She had a special place in her heart for all children.
Rhonda is survived by her father, Richard Clark; mother, Rosa Clark; older sister, Cordie Higdon and husband, Gregory Higdon; younger sister, Ricki Clark; two nieces, Amanda and Holly; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services are being held Friday, May 31, at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, beginning with a viewing at noon, followed by a funeral service at 1 p.m., with interment to 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

Rosalie “Rosie” Tapia Garcia

Rosalie “Rosie” Tapia Garcia, age 79, a resident of Peralta, passed away on Thursday, May 23.
She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Eileen Garcia; parents, Ofelio and Victoria Caravajal Tapia; brother, Felipe Tapia; and three brothers-in-law, Gilbert Maez, Julian Griego and Tano Gonzales.
Rosie is survived by the father of her children, Osben Garcia; children, Gene and wife, Barbara, Kathy, Herman and wife, Jeri, Regina and husband, Mike Soto. and James; grandchildren, Bernadette and fiancé, Devon, Emilia Garcia, Mike and Raymond Soto, Max Montoya and fiancée, Ginger, Juan, James II, Jordon, Jonah, Billy and wife, Robin, Brandon and wife, Jen, Christopher and Alfredo Garcia; great-grandchildren, Kane, Kendra, Danessa, Ricardo, Diego, Max Jr., Savannah, Jayden and Lola; siblings, Lita Maez, Frances Griego, Johnny Tapia and wife, Carmen, Ricky Tapia and Lucy Gonzales. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
A viewing and Rosary were held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church on Wednesday, May 29. A final visitation will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, May 30, with a Liturgy of the Word by Deacon Eddie Espinoza at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Valencia Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Mike Soto Jr., Max Montoya, Christopher Garcia, Juan Garcia, Kane Deats, Alfredo Garcia, Emilia Garcia and Kendra Deats. Honorary Pallbearers will be Lydia Chavez, Judge Tody Perea, Judge Richard Luna, Patricia Sanchez, Julian Luna, Connie Luna, Juan Julian, Albino Baca, Margaret Orsino, Sen. Michael Sanchez, Josie Sanchez and Lydia Carabajal.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Hospice of Sandia’s, Will, Martha, and nursing staff, Albuquerque Heights Rehab and Staff for the special care of our beloved Rosalie and all those who visited her.
Sign Rosie’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Edward Hernandez Gutierrez

Edward Hernandez Gutierrez went to be with the Lord on Monday, May 27.
Edward’s life celebration will begin with a visitation at San Clemente Catholic Church in Los Lunas from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 30, with Rosary following at 7:30 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m., Friday, May 31, at the San Clemente Catholic Church, with burial following at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery, 1900 Edith Blvd. NE Albuquerque.
Please visit Edward’s full obituary and online guestbook at Reflections, Funerals & Life Celebrations, Louis and Gloria Salazar, 2400 Washington Street NE, 884-5777.

Richard (Ricky) N. Johnson

Richard (Ricky) N. Johnson, age 54, of Los Lunas, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 24. He was a member of the Church of Christ.
Ricky loved the Lord and looked forward to worship services on Sundays. He was very knowledgeable of the scriptures and strived to live his life accordingly.
He attended school in Belen and was an honor student all through school.
Ricky was an accomplished drummer and enjoyed playing with various area bands, including his family’s band “Kountry Kin.” He really enjoyed sharing his gift of drumming through teaching his nephews and friends.
Ricky was preceded in death by his mother, Scarlett Johnson (1967); father, Gary Johnson (1999); sister, Shauna Ellison (2007); grandparents, Finis and Johnnie Johnson, Beulah Stephens, Homer Dixon and Lyla Cline; and brother-in-laws, Johnny Baker and Scott Detrick.
He was loved and is survived by his mother, Darlene Johnson, of Belen; brother, Rocky Johnson and wife, Peggy; sisters, Shelly Detrick and Vicky Baker, all of Los Lunas; nephews, Stephen Johnson, Jonathan and Nathan Darrough and Billy, Andy and Eric Baker; nieces, Ashley Johnson and husband, Anthony, Brittany Lucero and husband, Frank, and Andrea Torres; great nephews, Hunter and Wyatt Baker, and Isaac Lucero; great nieces, Samantha and Jaymie Boling; aunt, Dolores and husband, Leslie Earwood; and many cousins and extended family and friends.
Services will be held at Belen Church of Christ, 10 Golf Road, Belen,  on Thursday, May 30, beginning with a family visitation at 10:30 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. Interment 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

Kathleen Marretta
Died 2013

Kathleen Marretta, age 82, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Thursday, May 23.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Belen. Kathleen graduated from New Dorp High School in Staten Island, N.Y., and was a retired manager of the YMCA in New York. She then moved to Florida along with her family, enjoyed retirement and worked part time for Nielsen TV ratings.
In 1998, Kathleen moved to Los Lunas, along with her husband, to be closer to her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Sal Marretta; her only child, Cathie Pike and her husband, Rick; three loving grandchildren, Ryan, James and Katie, all from Los Lunas; sister and brother-in-law, Eleanor and Frank Melos of Lancaster, Penn., and brother and sister-in-law, James and Lynn McAndrews, of Port Jefferson Staten, N.Y.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to TiTi Adelbanjo for the wonderful care she gave to our loved one until she was taken to be with our Lord.
Cremation will take place and no services are planned at this time.
Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St. NE, 565-1700. Please visit Kathleen’s online guest register at

Carmen Barela Mathes
Died 2013

Carmen Barela Mathes, 76, formerly of Belen, and residing in West Bridgewater, Mass., passed away at home on May 6.
Carmen was born to the late Fidel and Tomasita Barela from Scholle, N.M. She attended Belen High School and was an active member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church and Children of Mary.
Carmen moved to Albuquerque, where she lived most of her life. While living in Albuquerque, she belonged to several ministries, the Legion of Mary, Altar Society, Blue Army, Eucharist Minister and Home Bound. In addition, Carmen was one of the founding members of Santuario San Martin de Porres.
In 1993, Carmen and her late husband, Earl Mathes, moved to Massachusetts to be near her daughter. While in West Bridgewater, she was an active member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church.
Carmen was a spiritual and generous person, giving to several charities to help the poor.
Carmen is survived by sons, Jerome Torres and Anthony Torres; daughters, Susan Torres and Nora Bradford; and son-in-law, Henry Bradford; five grandsons, Chase Bradford, Taylor Bradford, Steven Torres, Austin Torres and Michael Torres; brothers, Deacon Felix Barela, Edwin Barela, Telesfor Barela and Albino Barela; sisters, Rosie Lueras, Elsie Otero and Miquela Baca.
A memorial Mass celebrating her life will be held at noon on Saturday, June 1, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in the name of Carmen B. Mathes may be made to: Renovation Project c/o St. Ann’s Church, 103 N. Main St., West Bridgewater, Mass., 02379.