Deaths and funerals (06/27/13


Robert Edwin Aragon
A resident of Belen, Robert Edwin Aragon, passed away on June 24. He was born on Feb. 25, 1942, in Belen.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 864-4448, where a complete obituary and online guest register is available at

Samuel (Sam) Landeros Barba
Samuel (Sam) Landeros Barba, age 84, loving husband, father and grandfather, former Las Cruces city councilor and retired logistics management specialist at White Sands Missile Range, passed away on Friday, June 21, at La Posada- Mesilla Valley Hospice in Las Cruces.
He was a resident of Las Cruces since 1949. He was born on August 31, 1928, in Swanee, also known as Correo, now Highland Meadows, in western Valencia County.
Sam was the oldest son of a Santa Fe Railroad worker father and a homemaker mother. Later, the family relocated to Belen. During his high school years, he first attended Menaul High School in Albuquerque. He graduated from the Lydia Patterson Institute in El Paso.
From Feb. 8, 1946, to Dec. 16, 1948, Sam served in the United States Army Air Corps, being honorably discharged with the rank of corporal at Biggs Army Air Field (BAAF), (now a part of Fort Bliss) in El Paso.
He moved to Las Cruces in 1949 to attend New Mexico State University.  In 1950, he continued his career as a civilian employee of the United States Defense Department, of the Army at White Sands Missile Range in the area of freight transportation logistics. Sam also performed logistics technical support to United States Department of Defense affiliated facilities in Saudi Arabia. He retired in January 1988.
Sam participated in many local organizations in the Las Cruces community, including El Calvario United Methodist Church, the Dona Ana County Democratic Party, the American GI Forum, the League of United Latin American Citizens, AARP, the local Masonic Lodge, and Senior Citizen Centers.
During the 1980s, Sam and Felix Vega bravely advocated for justice at the local level and stood against racial and ethnic discrimination in voting rights. They were prominent participants in a successful civil rights challenge in federal court versus the city of Las Cruces that led to major, permanent reforms to the city of Las Cruces Home Rule Charter mandating that six city council elected councilors be elected by similar population size single-member districts, and none may be elected at-large. The mayor is elected separately, at large.
Subsequently, Sam was elected councilor from district three to the Las Cruces City Council in 1985 and served through 1989.
On Aug. 16, 1951, he married Alma María Acevedo in El Paso. Five children were born to them, Deborah Lois, Catherine Elizabeth, Samuel Lyle, Jacob Leonard and Ana María.
He was preceded in death by his parents, José Barba and Elvira Landeros Barba, of Belen; brothers, Miguel Barba of Bell, Calif., Raymond Barba, of Washington D.C., and Elías Barba; and a sister, Pearl Barba, both of Albuquerque.
He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Alma Acevedo Barba, of the family home; daughter, Deborah and husband, Steven Eagan, of Albuquerque; daughter, Catherine Barba, of Albuquerque; son, Samuel Lyle Barba and his wife, Susan, of San Leandro, Calif.; son, Jacob Leonard Sr. and his wife, Mary Jane Barba, of Santa Fe; and daughter, Ana and her husband, Thomas J. Young, of Las Cruces; grandchildren Brian Eagan and his partner, David Gilpin, Alexandra Barba-Potter, Sean Barba-Potter, Sarah Jane Barba, Jacob Barba Jr., Isaac Barba, all of Albuquerque; Ryan, Renae, and Bradley Barba, all of San Leandro, Calif.; Monique and her husband, Heath Horan, of Atlanta, Ga.; Cristiana Young and Nicolette Young, all of Las Cruces.
Other survivors include, brother, Phillip Barba; sister, Domie and her husband, Andrew Loughlin; sister, Phoebe and her husband, Roman Hernandez, all of Albuquerque; brother, John and his wife, Judy Barba, of Belen; brother, Richard and his wife, Karen Barba, of Victorville, Calif.; brother, Benjamin Barba, of Clovis; sister, Lydia and her husband, George Romo, of Edgewood; brother, Joel and his wife, Letitia Barba, of Los Angeles, Calif.; and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.
Visitation for Mr. Barba will begin at 6 p.m., Friday, June 28, in Baca’s Chapel of Prayer, 300 E. Boutz Road, where the evening service is scheduled for 7 p.m. A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at El Calvario United Methodist Church, 300 N. Campo St., with Pastor Jesse Bermudez officiating.
Concluding service and interment will follow at Masonic Cemetery, 760 S. Compress Road, where he will lay to rest.
Military honors will be accorded by the New Mexico National Guard Honor Guard and the Marine Corps League El-Perro Diablo Detachment.
Serving as casketbearers will be Thomas J. Young, Steven Eagan, Samuel Lyle Barba, Jacob Leonard Barba Sr., Mario Acevedo and Vincent Lucero Jr. Honorary bearers will be Brian Amado Eagan, Sean Jacquez, Jacbo L. Barba Jr., Johnny Dominguez, Heath Horan and Ryan Barba.
A reception will follow immediately at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 225 W Griggs Ave. 575-526-6689.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to the Salvation Army in Sam’s memory.
Service arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Baca’s Funeral Chapels of Las Cruces, 575-527-2222. Your exclusive providers for “Veterans and Family Memorial Care.” For online condolences login to

Antonio (Tony) Gallegos
Died 2013
Antonio (Tony) Gallegos, age 80, passed away suddenly in his home Sunday, June 23.
He was preceded in his death by his wife, Angie, and by his grandson, Christian Anthony Gallegos.
He is survived by his two children, son, Thomas Gallegos, of Santa Fe, and wife, Netta; daughter, Therese Bujol, of Dallas, and her husband, Allen; and grandchildren, Sarah and Kane Hill and Adam Bujol. He is also survived by his brothers, Pat and Gene Gallegos; and sister, Fammie Pillado.
Tony was born in Belen, and was a devoted husband and father. He and Angie settled in Santa Fe in 1972 after retiring from the Air Force, and he went to work for St. Vincent’s hospital, which he retired from in 1994.
Tony was league secretary for the Santa Fe Bowling Association for many years, and he and Angie enjoyed their Friday night bowling league, Alley Denters. In his later years, Tony developed an affection for the game of golf, and he loved playing whenever he could. He was a regular at Marty Sanchez golf course, where he will be missed.
He also loved driving up to the Pecos with his four-legged trusty companion, Lady, for a day of fishing or just to enjoy the view. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and was eagerly awaiting the arrival of his first great-grandchild, Callie Angie Hill.
A Rosary was recited on Wednesday, June 26, at the chapel in Berardinelli Family Funeral Service, in Santa Fe. A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m., Thursday, June 27, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 1301 Osage Ave., Santa Fe, N.M., 87505, with burial following at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.
Berardinelli Family Funeral Service, 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, 505-984-8600. Please sign our guestbook for the family at

Michael Anthony Gonzales
Anton Chico native, Michael A. Gonzales, passed away Saturday, June 22, in Santa Fe.
He was born on Sept. 3, 1952, the son of Miguel C. Gonzales and Otilia (Aguilar) Gonzales. The Gonzales family are long time residents of the Anton Chico and La Loma area.
He will forever live in our hearts and survive in our memories.
Michael is preceded in death by his parents, Miguel and Otilia; as well as his brother, Louis Gonzales. He is survived by his wife, Diane (Dizenzo); his children, Michael Gonzales, David Gonzales, Lisa Marie Gonzales, Chrisz Sena and Andrew Melendez; grandchildren, Rebecca Lujan-Gonzales, Amanda Lujan-Gonzales, Chasity Gonzales, Isaiah Barreras-Gonzales, David Gonzales Jr., Nicholas Gonzales and Martin Gabaldon.

Veronica McCoy
Veronica McCoy, age 47, a resident of Tomé, has gone home to be with her Lord and Savior.
She had recently given her life to Christ. Veronica was a kind loving person who loved her family dearly.
She was preceded in death by her father, Tony Moya. Veronica is survived by her husband of 28 years, David McCoy; two precious twin daughters, Krystal McCoy and boyfriend, Ston Quaglia, and Kristina McCoy and fiancé, Carlos Chavez, who were her pride and joy; her mother, Martha Moya; brother, Charles Moya and wife, Gabriella; sister, Lillian Garcia and husband, Mariano; Godchildren, Leanette Snow and Tianna Garcia; in-laws, Alex and Julia McCoy; and friends, Liz Otero, Stella Real, Edith Gallegos and Mrs. Willi Cook. She was also survived by several loving aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
A viewing and Rosary were held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel, on Monday, June 24. A Funeral Mass was held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomé on Tuesday, June 25. Interment followed at Tomé Catholic Cemetery.
Sign Veronica’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Albert Saiz
Albert Saiz, age 73, a resident of Los Lunas, was born Sept. 18, 1939, passed away on Monday, June 24.
Mr. Saiz is survived by his children, Gerianne Smith and husband, Robert, Steve Saiz and wife, Jill, Jake Saiz and fiancé, Yvonne, Diana Sanchez and husband, Gabriel, and Michael Saiz; three sisters, Mary Jean Sanchez, and husband, Ray, Marie Todd and husband, Bill, and Lucy Joiner; three brothers, Alvino Saiz, Ernest Saiz and wife, Dolores, and Leo Saiz; 16 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many other family members and friends.
Mr. Saiz was preceded in death by his wife, Linda; son, Michael Ray; granddaughter, Jazmine; and brother, Charlie.
A  visitation will be held from 6:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, June 27, in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel, with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. by Deacon Robert Sanchez. Final visitation will held from 9:30 to 10 a.m., Friday, June 28, at San Clemente Catholic Church, 244 Luna Ave., Los Lunas, with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated by Father Bill Holbrook at 10 a.m.  Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jonathon Saiz, Joseph Saiz, Aaron Saiz, Dominic Smith, Robert Smith and Gabriel Sanchez. Honorary pallbearers will be Steven, Nicholas, Josh, Gabriel, Catherine, Luke, Michael Jr., Jonez, Carson, Jeremiah, Jody, Keirra, Christopher, Sarah and Danny Boy.
Please visit to sign the online guestbook. Arrangements by Gabaldon Mortuary Inc., 1000 Coors Blvd. SW, Albuquerque.

Desiree Nicole Schiffli
Desiree Nicole Schiffli, age 18, a resident of Veguita, passed away on Thursday, June 20. She was a member of the Chihuahua Bible Chapel.
Desiree was a very special person. She always treated her friends and family kindly, loved her nieces and nephews dearly and she will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Estella; and grandfather, John Schiffli.
Desiree is survived by her parents, Gary and Gail Schiffli; siblings, Lisa Sanchez, Tony Schiffli and Brandon and wife, Stephanie; grandparents, Darrell and Doris Larkin and Carole Royal; uncles, Jeff and John Schiffli; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held Tuesday, June 25, at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Desiree’s name to the Valencia Shelter Services for Victims of Domestic Violence, 864-1383.
The family would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time.
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

Rose A. Spencer
Maria Rosa Adelina Sanchez Spencer passed peacefully in her sleep in the early morning hours of Saturday, June 22.
She was born near Trementina, N.M., on March 12, 1926, to Onecimo and Irinea (Gonzalez) Sanchez. Rose was the fifth of 10 children.
The family moved to Las Vegas, N.M., where Rose graduated from the University High School and entered New Mexico Highlands University, graduating with a BA four years later.
Rose worked in many capacities for the state of New Mexico until finally deciding to enter the U.S. Army in February 1957.
As a first lieutenant, she was assigned to Brooks Army Hospital as an administrating officer, then stationed at Ft. McClellan Army Base, where she met the strapping — and single — Capt. Garry Spencer.
Rose resigned her commission in May 1960, shortly after marrying Garry and began a family. While Garry was stationed in Korea, she went back home to Las Vegas and had their first child, Cristina.
Reassigned to Ft. Sam Houston in Texas, Patricia and Janet quickly joined the family. Mom followed Dad to various posts and bases in country and finally to Germany, where son Richard was born. The family spent much time traveling extensively in Europe.
Returning back to the states, Garry was assigned to Columbus, Ohio, in preparation for deployment to Vietnam.
While in Vietnam, Mom and “her brood” returned to Albuquerque, where Marcia, their last, was born. Dad returned home and was stationed at the Pentagon and finally as second-in-command at Letterkenny Army Depot in Pennsylvania, all the while, Mom was working toward gaining her teaching credentials in preparation for “life after the military.”
Upon Dad’s retirement from the Army, the Spencer clan moved to Albuquerque, where mom began teaching for Los Lunas Schools.
While employed for the school district, Mom worked at Los Lunas Junior High (now LLMS), Central Elementary (now RGE), Bosque Farms Elementary and Peralta Elementary.
Mom earned her master’s degree from UNM in elementary education, with a concentration in reading.
She was one of the first NEA presidents in the district and spearheaded the effort to bring the Title I Reading Program to the schools.
She presented at many reading conferences throughout the country and continued taking classes during her summers “off,” in order to provide her students the most current methods in learning to read.
Mom eventually retired in 1991 and spent her retirement volunteering at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church and doing outreach to many of its parishioners.
She and Dad also traveled quite a bit, taking trips to San Antonio, Canada, Arizona and California and spending many summers in Rosiada, N.M., and Pagosa Springs, Colo.
After 48 years of marriage, Dad passed away in May 2008. Mom joined him a little over five years later.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Lucia Martinez, Eliza Garcia and Consuelo Martinez; brothers, Lorenzo, Daniel and Onecimo Sanchez; and nephews, Teddy Sanchez, Carlos Martinez and George Garcia.
She is survived by daughters, Cristina Jaramillo and husband, Armarante Jaramillo Jr., Patricia Price and husband, Robert, Janet Phillips and husband, James, and Marcia Spencer; and son, Richard Spencer. Her grandchildren include: Kristen Hernandez and husband, Diego, Jessica Jaramillo, Zachary Spencer, Garry-William Price, Phillip Spencer, Trevor Spencer, Nick Spencer-Phillips, Catherine Rose Spencer-Phillips and Isabella Spencer; three great-grandchildren, Elias, Mateo and Olivia Hernandez; her sister, Sofia Martinez; brothers, Luis and Carlos Sanchez; sisters-in law, Margaret, Sally and Emily Sanchez, and Barbara Dufromont; brother-in-law, Ivan Spencer Jr. and wife, Marilyn; and numerous nieces, nephews, extended relatives and a host of friends.
A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m., Thursday, June 27, in the chapel of Daniels – Alameda Mortuary,  9420 Fourth Street NW. Service of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m, Friday, June 28, at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 12:45 p.m. Military Honors will be accorded by the Santa Fe Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard.
To view information or leave a condolence please visit Daniels Family Funeral Services, Fourth St. NW, Albuquerque,  898-3160.