Deaths and funerals (07/04/13)


Manuela M. “Mela” Blea
Died 2013
Manuela M. “Mela” Blea, age 78, passed to a better life on June 29.
Mela lived a very full life, raising her seven children and taking care of her father, Jose, for more than 25 years, plus all the children people would drop off.
Mela was an avid reader of all books and was self-educated on all world events. One may have encountered her at the Roadrunner Coin-up laundromat, where she worked. Many people would stop by just to visit her because she was a people person. She also worked for Los Lunas Schools as a bus aide.
As a youngster, she would explore the bosque with her siblings, gathering wood for her mother.
Mela was a counselor to many.
Mela is proceeded in death by her mother, Eloisa August; her father, Jose Marquez; husband, Teosendo Blea; children, Robert Perea, Shirley Chavez, Paul Blea; and her very beloved “tia,” Ignacita Barela; sister, Rosemary Garcia; brothers, Freddy Marquez, Leroy August and Joe Marquez Jr.; and her sister-in-law, Molly Marquez.
Mela is survived by her children, Irene Griego and husband, Jimmy, Barbara Mora, Ross Blea, Dennis Blea and wife, Beate, Linda Falkowski and husband, Jeff; brother, Trinidad Marquez; sisters, Stella Vallejos, Marylou Anaya and Gloria Worten and husband, Roger; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews who adored her.
Call Riverside Funeral Home in Los Lunas for more information.

Carolyn Etre
Carolyn Etre passed away peacefully on June 18 at the age of 87.
She was born in Mamaroneck, N.Y.,  Jan. 14, 1926, to first generation Italian immigrants, Louise and Andrew Canini.
While attending Mamaroneck High School, she met her future husband, Frank Etre. Carolyn graduated from the College of New Rochelle and worked as an administrative assistant, while Frank was in the Marine Corps fighting in WWII.
Upon his return, they were wed and enjoyed the blessings of a 65-year marriage. Their five daughters were born in six years. In 1962, the family moved to St. Croix, Virgin Islands. They fell in love with St. Croix.
Carolyn taught elementary school and later became assistant head master, a position she held for 11 years. Retiring in 1980, Frank and Carolyn relocated to Belen, where they lived for 20 years before moving to Santa Fe.
Carolyn instilled the love of music in her daughters and supported their aspirations and talents. A life-long lover of bridge, tennis, walking, swimming, travel, the sun and the Caribbean Sea, Carolyn also loved to cook and is best known for her stuffed peppers, meatballs and biscotti.
Carolyn was preceded by four months in death by her beloved husband. She is survived by an extended loving family including daughters, Lynn, Patty, Jan, Pam and Lisa; sons-in-law, Vic Vandegriff, Pat Hensley, Kirk Foster and Jose Perez; grandchildren, Michael and Sarajane, Matthew, Scott, Paco and Stephanie, Kevin, Tony, Daniel and Christopher; and great-grandchildren, Aidan and Cora.
Carolyn and Frank will be memorialized together at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe in a private ceremony.
The family is grateful to Gentiva Hospice staff for their very personal care and attention.

Paul “Sonny” M. Hanks
Paul “Sonny” M. Hanks, age 82, went into the arms of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, June 27.
Paul was a long-haul truck driver most of his life. He also worked for Alex’s and Renezenberger transportation in Belen. He was a member of the Valencia County Senior Centers.
Paul enjoyed playing poker with his friends Archie, Mary Lou and Lorenzo at the Los Lunas Senior Center, also with his many friends at the Belen Senior Center playing bingo. Paul also loved camping and going to the casino.
Paul is survived by his loving wife, Ruth Hanks; sisters, Betty Coker and Laverne Clark; brother, Billy Hanks; sons, Jimmy and Chuck Hanks, Randy and Chip (Christopher) Beale and Michael Kaiser; daughters, Charlotte and husband, Leon, and Monica Anderson; grandchildren, Shelly, Jeremy, Angel, Jen, Michelle, Daryl, Cody, Amanda and Tyler; 20 great-grandchildren and five great-great-granddaughters.
A visitation will be held at the First Baptist Church of Los Chavez at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, July 6, with a funeral service to be held at 10 a.m. Interment will be held at a later date.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Richard Madden, his primary doctor, Presbyterian Hospice and Belen Meadows Rehabilitation Center.
Sign Paul’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Benjamin “Benjie” Lopez
Benjamin “Benjie” Lopez, 61, born Aug, 11, 1951, entered eternal life on June 29.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Priscilla Lopez;  daughters, Patricia Lopez, Carolyn Lopez, Roberta Lopez and Rachel Lopez (Evan Sanders); grandchildren, Joesyah, Stacy, Raquel, Shelby, Benjamin and Elizabeth; mother, Cecilia Lopez; brother, Daniel (Joy); sisters, Bernadette Moya (Joe), Gina Lopez (Bernie), Janel Molina (Ronnie), Ann McMillan (Mike), Sonya Lasher (Rob), Doreen Vigil (Andrew); godchildren, Philip Pena (stationed in Hawaii), Parker McMillan and Linda Lee; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Ben is preceded in death by father, Vidal Lopez; and brother, Louie Lopez.
Ben was born in Veguita, and was a resident of Albuquerque. He’s a graduate of Belen High School and NMSU. He was a staff sergeant in the Air Force.
He loved spending time with his family and taking trips to Laughlin and Las Vegas with Pricscilla. By trade, he was a diesel mechanic, but his main passion was driving charter bus tours around the United States but mainly Nevada.
A Rosary will be recited at 8 a.m., Friday, July 5, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 1860 Griegos, NW. Mass to follow at 9 a.m.   Interment will be in Veguita.

Lydia Pino
Died 2013
Lydia Pino, 73, a resident of Los Lunas, died peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, June 30.
She was a member of San Clemente Catholic Church, was a retired school bus driver and nurse.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ramon and Ramona Lopez; her daughter, Yvette Pino; son-in-law, Michael Garcia; and grandchildren, Chelsea Garcia, Janine Pino and Miguel Garcia; also her brothers, Bennie and Elusim.
Lydia is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Toby Pino; her children, Ross and Cindy, Raymond, Yvette, Tobias, Josette and Brittany; her brothers and sisters, Vicky Baca, Vivian Chavez, Johnny, Tony and Estevan Lopez, Julia Cano, Patsy, Richard Eileen, Ernest and Chris Lopez; and her grandchildren, Ashley, Yvette, CynthiaRae, Justin and Brody, Ryan, Jeremy, Joseph, Ross Jr. and Noah.
Cremation has taken place and all services will be held at San Clemente Catholic Church on Saturday, July 6, beginning with visitation at 9 a.m. A Rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. and Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m.
Honorary pallbearers will be Brittany, Ashley, Yvette, Justin, Jeremy, Ryan and Joseph.
Please visit Lydia’s online guest register at  Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St. NE, 565-1700.

Manuel “Manny” “Chico” Sanchez
ATCS Manuel “Manny” “Chico” Sanchez, 63, of Beeville, Texas, died Friday, June 14.
Mr. Sanchez was born Jan. 31, 1950, in Albuquerque to Jennie (Romero) and Camilio Sanchez Sr. He married Norma Noriega in Beeville on May 3, 2001, and was retired from the U.S. Navy.
He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and was commander of the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Coastal Bend Chapter 23-8.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Jennie Sanchez; a brother, Camilio Sanchez Jr.; and a granddaughter, Leiahi Rose Sanchez.
Survivors include his wife, Norma Sanchez, of Beeville; his father, Camilio Sanchez Sr., of Alaska; a daughter, Monet (Emily) Sanchez, of Hawaii; a grandson, Alex Sanchez; and seven other grandchildren; a sister, Jennie (Greg) Garcia, of Alaska; five brothers, Robert Sanchez, Dennis (Cathy) Sanchez and Steve (Magdaline) Sanchez, all of New Mexico, Raymond (Carol) Sanchez, of North Carolina, and Chris (Barbara) Sanchez, of Alaska; stepchildren, Wendy Hobbs, Donna Lopez, Rene Santana and Johnny J. Santana; one great-grandchild and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
A funeral service was already held in Beeville, Texas.
Pallbearers were Tomas Gonzales Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 929, the American Legion Post 274, The VFW Post 9170, the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Coastal Bend Chapter 23-8 and the Patriot Guard Riders of South Texas.
Galloway and Sons Funeral Home, Beeville, Texas, 361-358-2512.

George C. Stanton
George C. Stanton, age 87, passed away on Sunday, June 30, at his home in Tomé.
He was born on Jan. 24, 1926, in Tunkhannock, Penn., to Byron and Ruth Stanton. George married Ruth Jean Wallace in July 1950. They were happily married for 63 years, had three children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
George joined the Navy in 1943, and served in World War II in the North Atlantic on a mine sweeper. He was honorably discharged in 1947. He joined the Army in 1949 and served for another 16 years, being stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska, while serving during the Korean War. He retired from the Army in 1965 with the rank of first sergeant, E-8.
Following his military service, George began work for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in New Mexico. After his service in the BIA, he moved to Tomé, where he drove a bus for the Adelino Head Start until he retired.
George was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church. He enjoyed working with his hands; he also loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Byron and Ruth Stanton; brothers, Byron, Kirk and Donald; sisters, Katharine Young and Lillian Oxenford; and his son, George Byron Stanton.
George is survived by his spouse, Ruth, of Tomé; daughters, Diane (Jim) Jacobson and Barbara Emblem; grandchildren, Toby (Ashley) Jacobson, Naja Jacobson, Byron (Angela) Hodges, Lee (Kristen) Hodges, Leif (Katie) Emblem, Lars Clinton Emblem, Heidi (Anthony) Sohn and Jeremy (Lynn) Stanton; and his great-grandchildren, Ethan James Jacobson, Kaitlyn Montgomery, Karina Montgomery, Jericho Barela Hodges, Owen Ray Hodges, Kara Mae Hodges, Olaf Francis Emblem, Audrey Sohn, Alize Stanton, Allanna Stanton and Lucian George Stanton.
A memorial service will be held at Christ the King Lutheran Church at 9 a.m., Friday, July 5, followed by interment at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:15 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Christ the King Lutheran Church, 700 Camelot Blvd. SW, PO Box 907, Los Lunas, N.M., 87031.
Condolences may be left on George C. Stanton online guest book at
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