Deaths and funerals (06/20/13)


Billy R. Adkins

Billy R. Adkins, age 75, a resident of Albuquerque and formerly of Belen and Los Lunas, passed away on Saturday, June 15.
He was born in Putnam, Okla., on August 25, 1937. Bill was an electrician who owned B & R Electric; and he loved playing baseball, guitar, camping, fishing, hunting, sports and being with his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arlo Adkins and Vera Henry; his twin daughters, Debra Jean and Donna Kay; and his longtime partner, Lorraine Chavez.
Bill is survived by his two daughters, Kathy Dorcas and Keri Adkins and partner, Sam Wills; son, Keith Adkins and wife, Renee; brother, Tom Adkins and wife, Lois; cousin, Joe King and wife, Barbara; granddaughters, Andrea Antoine and partner, Luke Sloan, Justine Cassiday and husband, Matthew, Alexandra Gallegos, Ashley Adkins, Brittany Adkins, Marissa Lovato and husband, Anthony, Celeste Gallegos, Cassandra Adkins and Brianna DeGraffenreid; grandson, Tommy Just and partner, Desirea Romero; great-granddaughters, Audrianna, Jordan, Ava, Lilliana, Julliana, Ariel, Trinity and Gabriella; great-grandsons, Landon, Vince, Landyn and Camden; nephew, Jeff Adkins and wife, Mari; great-nephews, Tyler and Sean; niece, Diane Adkins and husband, Greg; great-nieces, Leah and Lauren; partner, Nikki Kassa; family, Trish Tomer and husband, Cal, Chad Hamilton and wife, Dawn, Leisha Hamilton, Alex Tomer and wife, Bertha, Angela Tomer, Josh Marquez, Marcus Tomer, Aaron, Katie, Taylor, Cameron, Isacc, and Elliana; friends, Frank Salcido and wife, Christine and Chantelle. He is also survived by many other family members and friends who loved him and will miss him dearly.
A memorial service will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel at noon on Thursday, June 20. Refreshments will follow at 1 p.m. at the Elk’s Lodge on N.M. 314.
Thank you Ambercare — Catrina, Marcus and Mohammad and the Veteran’s Hospital.
Sign Bill’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main Street, Belen.

Jerry Duran

Jerry Duran, age 66, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Monday, June 17.
He was a member of the United States Army and Army Reserves, serving as a first sergeant and master sergeant before retiring.
Jerry was a loving son, husband, brother, father and a friend to everyone he ever met. Whether he took you fishing, painted your windows at Christmas, DJ’d a wedding or graduation for you, he made an impression.
His larger-than-life personality was infectious and you couldn’t help, but smile when he was around.
He was preceded in death by his father, Cipriano Duran; his first wife, Anita Duran; and his brother, Gilfred Duran.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Marvine Duran; mother, Trinidad Duran; son, Jerry Duran; daughter, Veronica Gonzales; and son, Jose Duran, and their spouses; 16 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter; stepdaughters, Marie Valencia, Darlene Gonzales, Adriann Barboa and their spouses; brother, Paul; sisters, Lily, Jeanie, Reina, Kathy, Yolanda, Rosemary and Betty. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Thursday, June 20, beginning with a viewing at 6 p.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. A final visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m., Friday, June 21, with a Funeral Mass to be 10 a.m. Interment will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 12:45 p.m., Monday, June 24. The family request that family and friends arrive at 12:15 p.m.
Sign Jerry’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

John F. Griego Sr.

John F. Griego Sr., age 91, a resident of Bosque Farms, died Tuesday, June 11.
He is survived by his six children, Antoinette Laubert (Gary), Ann Skelley (Ron), John Griego, Jr. (Liz), Eileen Lopez (Joe), Ron Griego (Barbara) and Gina Roll (Rob); 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one sister, Anita Jaramillo of Las Vegas, Nev.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Dow Griego; his parents, Manuel and Cipriana Griego; three brothers and three sisters.
After his wife’s death in 1970, he continued to raise his children by himself and one of his greatest joys and accomplishments was being a father and grandfather. He was a member of San Clemente Parish in Los Lunas.
He was born in Maes, N.M., in 1922, joined the military in 1942 and served in Germany during WWII. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He later became an educator working in the Los Lunas school system for 27 years, then in Estancia as a high school principal, from where he retired in 1984.
He was elected Torrance County Commissioner in 1986 and continued as a cattle rancher until 1992 at which time he moved to Los Lunas, then to Bosque Farms in 2007.
A Funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday, June 18, at San Clemente Parish in Los Lunas. Interment followed at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Albuquerque.
Pallbearers were his grandsons, Dominic Griego, Ronnie James Griego, Sid Lucero, Ross Roll; and sons-in-law, Gary Laubert, Robert Roll, Joe Lopez and Ron Skelley. Honorary pallbearers were Brian Laubert and Sean Laubert.
Please visit our online guest book for John F. Griego, Sr. at

Ronald E. (Ron) Little

Ronald E. (Ron) Little, age 60, a resident of Belen, passed away on Wednesday, June 12, from anaplastic thyroid cancer, a rare, aggressive cancer diagnosed in March 2013.
Ron was born in Seymour, Ind., and raised in Blue Island, Ill., and at age 15 moved to Chamblee, Ga. Ron graduated in 1970 from Sequoia High School, Doraville, Ga., and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1970 as a security policeman.
He retired in 1994 after 24 years of honorable service, recognized by the award of the Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Vietnam Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with device.
After retiring from active duty Air Force service, Ron began his 19-year career as a manager with Lockheed Martin for the Aircrew Training and Rehearsal Support at the 58th Special Operations Wing, Kirtland AFB. Ron truly enjoyed his job and was extremely proud of the dedicated team of site support professionals he led as chief of security, facilities and environmental safety and health.
For his entire career with Lockheed, he continued in his nation’s service by supporting the critical training of our country’s special operations air crews. Ron was the “go to” person for any question concerning security or facilities.
His always present smile and let’s-find-a-way-to-make-it-happen attitude was well known across the entire Kirtland AFB community for more than 30 years.
Ron had a passion for classic rock music, all sports, especially football, an Alabama Crimson Tide fan since childhood and, his clocks. He always said “time was important.” He also loved running and his hobby farm because he always had the need for “somethin2do.”
He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Grace Little; and his son, Jason Little.
Ron is survived by his best friend and wife of 22 years, Theresa; daughter, Jennifer Little of Cedar City, Utah; son, G.J. Mullins and Vanessa Aragon, of Belen; daughter-in-law, Elyssa Baca of Belen; four granddaughters, Angeleea, Jaylee and Andilee Bitner, of Cedar City, Utah, Haleigh Little, of Belen; sisters, Jeanette Miller and husband, Jim of Conyers, Ga., and Trish Thurman and husband, Chris, of Monticello, Ga.; uncle and aunt, Fred and Pat Little, of Mesa, Ariz.; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and many caring friends.
With respect to Ron’s wishes, no services will be held.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123, or Habitat for Humanity of New Mexico, P.O. Box 3307, Albuquerque, NM, 87190.
The family extends many thanks and appreciation for all the support provided to Ron by family, friends, current and former Lockheed Martin co-workers, especially Sharon, for her creation of Ron’s website, the Presbyterian Hospice Staff and his nurse, Katy, for her compassion and care for Ron.
Sign Ron’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Irvin Anthony Noga

Irvin Anthony Noga, age 77, a resident of Belen, passed away on Saturday, June 15.
Services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, on Monday, June 24, beginning with a viewing at 10 a.m., and the Rosary at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. The burial will be held at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:15 p.m., Tuesday, June 25,
Serving as pallbearers will be Ernest Trujillo, Michael Noga Jr., Julian Noga, Robert Bustillos, Ronnie Trujillo and Kevin Noga.
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

Corinne P. Padilla

Corinne P. Padilla, age 83, a resident of Albuquerque, and a former life-long resident of Belen, passed away on Monday, June 17.
Corinne graduated from Belen High School. After high school, she attended business school and was employed by Sandia Base for two years. She was executive secretary for the Selective Service System in Belen until its abolishment in 1973.
Corinne and her husband, Martin, were proud Padrinos of the Santo Nino and of Corpus Christi at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. Corinne has been a long time member of the Catholic Daughters of America, and served 27 years as a member of Saint Vincent de Paul, where she was the oldest living member, and served two terms as president as well as other offices.
Corinne, with her husband, Martin, did a lot of traveling throughout their marriage, but the highlight of their travels was a pilgrimage to Mexico City on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
She was preceded in death by her beloved son, Martin R. Padilla; parents, Enrique Peña and Delfina Chavez Peña; sister, Helen Peña; four brothers, Sybil, Eloy, Charlie and Richard; father and mother-in-law, Sesario and Praxedes Griego Padilla; brother-in-law, Wilfred Padilla.
Corinne is survived by her husband of 63 years, Martin Padilla; son, Anthony and wife, Candy, of Littleton Colo.; daughters, Angela and husband, Rod Brown, of Albuquerque, and Paula Padilla, of Albuquerque; four grandchildren, Kristi Reyes and husband, Bobby, Roberto Padilla and wife, Priscilla, Tanya Morenus and husband, Eric, and Marianne Candelaria and husband, Carl; 11 great-grandchildren, Joey, Christopher and Alyssa Reyes, Ashanti, Cayah, Xavier and Donovan Padilla, Conner Morenus, Ryan, Ava and Jon Candelaria; brother, Ray Peña; sister-in-law, Diana Peña; and brother-in-law, Evisalio “Bull” Padilla. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Thursday, June 20, beginning with a viewing at 8:30 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 follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Sign Corinne’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Sara Sais-Valenzuela

Sara Sais-Valenzuela, age 105, a lifelong resident of Los Lunas, passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Sunday, June 16.
Sara was born to Pasqual and Aurelia Sais in Los Lentes on Sept. 9, 1907. She married Alifas Valenzuela in Isleta and they established their home and a thriving farm in Los Lentes.
Sara later worked at the State Tuberculosis Sanitarium Hospital in Socorro, the State Hospital at Fort Stanton and the State Hospital in Hagerman, N.M. She returned to Los Lunas and was employed by the Los Lunas Hospital and Training School.
Sara was the first woman hired as a “grandmother” for residents of the training school. She found particular joy and blessings in caring for these special children.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Pasqual Sais and Aurelia Jaramillo-Sais; her husband, Alifas Valenzuela; her twin sister, Gavina; brothers, Ricardo, Celedon, Silverio, J. Solomon and Rosendo Sais; and son-in-law, Joe V. Aragon.
Sara is survived by her daughter, Aurelia Aragon; sister, Stella Phillips; special niece, Edwina Martinez; grandsons, Joseph R. Aragon and wife, Nilda, Jack LM Aragon and wife, Carol; great-grandchildren, Joseph R. II and wife, Kim, Justin, Ryan, Briana, Franchelle, Fernando and Felicia Aragon; great-great-grandchildren, Isabel, Emelia and Thalia Aragon; all her loving caretakers of many years. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews who were blessed with a wonderful and loving aunt.
“She was a mom, grandma, granny and tia to so many of us.”
All services were held at San Clemente Parish, beginning with a viewing and Rosary on Tuesday, June 18. A final visitation and Funeral Mass were held on Wednesday, June 19. Interment followed at Los Lentes Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Joseph, Jack, Joseph II, Justin, Ryan and Fernando Aragon. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Sheehan, Sammy, Jerry and Jim Sais, David Valenzuela, Nick Carrasco and Medardo Martinez.
In keeping with her devout faith and love of God, her personal request is that there be no flowers at her funeral, but that donations be made, in her name to the San Antonio Church in Los Lentes and the San Clemente Parish Building Fund, P.O. Box 147, Los Lunas, NM, 87031.
A special thank you to Ambercare Hospice Staff for their kindness and love they expressed. The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to everyone for their prayers and expressions of condolences, and a special thank you to the choir, priests and deacons for their time and devotion.
Sign Sara’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Cassandra Lindsey Tague

Cassandra Lindsey Tague, a beloved mom, sister, aunt, grandma and great-grandma passed away Monday, June 3, after an exhaustive battle with cancer. She was 68.
She was born on Oct. 22, 1944, in Lafayette Ala., to William Carl and Ellie Mae Lindsey, who both preceded her in death. Cassandra also lost her sisters, Carlene McDaniel and Nell Hendricks; and brother, Nick Lindsey.
Cassandra enjoyed many varied hobbies over her lifetime; fishing, dancing, crocheting, bowling and many other things, but primarily her life was devoted to family. She spent her years, her heart and her time loving, helping and “being there” for her children and grandchildren.
She was a long-time resident of Belen.
Cassandra is survived by her sister and sister’s husband, Dottie and Will Frazier, of Warner Robins, Ga.; two daughters, Cindi Stock and husband, Tracy Goodman, Kimberly and husband, Steve MacKenzie, all of Belen; two sons, Nicholas and wife, Manuela Tague, of Kuwait City, Kuwait, Mark and wife, Soletto Tague, of Steinhatchee, Fla. She has, so far, seven grandchildren and one great-granddaughter and one on the way.
Cassandra is loved and will be missed more than words can ever express.
A private memorial was held by the family on June 8, and in remembrance of Cassandra, donations can be made in her honor to the American Cancer Society.