Deaths and funerals (07/11/13)


Ronnie Lee Armijo
Ronnie Lee Armijo, age 42, a resident of Belen, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 7.
He was a die-hard Steelers fan, loved music and as a teen, played drums in a rock band. He worked as a cook at Don Andres, White Way Café and Frances Restaurant.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Steven Armijo, and his father, Maximiliano T. Armijo Jr.
Ronnie is survived by his partner, Irene Gonzalez; children, Steven Armijo and Amanda Armijo; mother, Eurcinia Armijo; sister, Kathy Torres; brother, Michael Armijo and wife, Sheena; brother, Mario Armijo and wife, Theresa; godchild, Toby Montoya; and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
We love you Uncle Penny Lover.
Services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Thursday, July 11, beginning with a Rosary at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
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

Carl L. Beattie
Carl L. Beattie, 66, of Cartersville, Ga., died Wednesday, July 3, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
Born in Newellton, La., on Feb. 1, 1947, he was the son of the late Earl Kinning Beattie and the late Maudie Lee Wilson. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Robert Beattie and his stepfather, Thomas Corpe.
He is survived by his children, Carl James Beattie, Richard Dobrow, Theodore Peeples, Christopher Beattie and Dr. Michelle Bonner; his grandchildren, Justin James Beattie, Tyler McKensie Brinn, Taylor Martin and Miles Dobrow; and his nieces, Leah and Aura Beattie.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Parnick Jennings Funeral Home and Cremation Services is honored to serve the family of Mr. Carl Beattie.

Theresa May Dillard
Theresa May Dillard, age 95, former House, N.M., resident passed away on Wednesday, June 26, in Albuquerque.
She was born May 8, 1918, in Abilene, Texas, to Oliver and Mary Oldham. She had been a homemaker
She is survived by four children, 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Services celebrating her life were held Friday, June 28, at the House United Methodist Church. Pallbearers were her grandsons, Michael Kelly, Shawn Kelly, Steven Foster, Stephen Osborn Jr. and Michael Young, and great-grandson, Andrew Foster.
She will eternally rest with her husband in the House cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to the Dunn Funeral Home of Tucumcari, N.M.

Eddie L. Masingale
Eddie L. Masingale, 62 years old, resident of Los Lunas, passed away at his home on July 8 from an ongoing illness.
He was married to his beloved wife, Zoe Ann, for 44 years. Eddie was a true outdoorsman; he loved hunting, fishing, camping and going to rodeos and team roping with his kids. He was dearly loved and will be missed by many.
Eddie was preceded in death by his daughter, Katrina Masingale Dutcher; father, Ed Masingale; brother, Akard Masingale; and grandmother, Mema.
He is survived by his wife, Zoe Ann; mother, Naola; daughter, Bricena and husband, Anthony; sons, Cody Masingale and wife, Stacey, and Levi Masingale; sister, Franna Masingale; seven grandchildren, Ashley (Chris) and children, Caleb, Dylan, Harlee, Orion, Kyeann and Qwaden.
Pallbearers will be Cody Masingale, Levi Masingale, Anthony Aragon, Dylan Garner, Shawn Hale, Adam Dunstan, Ben Greenwood and Richard Hicks.
All services will be held at Calvary Chapel Rio Grande Valley beginning Thursday, July 11, with a viewing from 6 to 7 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 12.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel,  2211-D Main St., 866-9992, where an online guest register is available at

Gino Francis Sanchez
Gino Francis Sanchez, age 48, passed away suddenly on Monday, July 8.
Gino was a Belen native, born on July 28, 1964, and attended St. Mary’s Elementary School and Belen Junior High before going to NMMI, where he graduated with honors. He received a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in construction management.
Gino worked in the Chicago area, Puerto Rico and Brazil for Turner Construction Company. He also worked for Motorola as head of  real estate and construction for Latin America before beginning his own construction and waste management company in Brazil.
Gino has been living and working in Brazil for the past 17 years. Most recently, he was contracted by Swift to work in Angola on a natural gas project.
Gino was a man who knew no stranger. He touched the lives of all who met him.
He was preceded in death by his father, Nick Sanchez.
Gino is survived by his wife of 16 years, Minna McKimmey Sanchez; three children, Philip, Thomas and Marisol; his mother, Juanita Otero Sanchez; his four brothers, John, Nicholas, James and Carlo; as well as his two sisters, Consuelo Fossati and Maria Elena Seager; and six nieces and nephews.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, beginning with a viewing at 6 p.m., Friday, July 12, with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. A final vieiwng will be held at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, July 13, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Sign Gino’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Robert Edward Sanders
Robert Edward Sanders, age 86, a resident of Rio Communities, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 3.
Robert was born in Joplin, Mo., to George Robinson Sanders and Florence Rose Sanders. He served as a technical sergeant in the European Theater of Operations during World War II.
He graduated from Swarthmore College (Phi Beta Kappa) with a bachelor’s in economics and from the University of Virginia with a master’s in economics. Robert worked as a manger of Marketing Communications for Rogers Corporation in Ohio, New York and finally Rogers, Conn., for 28 years. During that time, he served as an Oberlin city councilman, a steering committee member and then a director of the University of Connecticut Technical Industrial Park.
He published several articles in business and marketing journals and taught economics at Quienbaug Valley Community College in Danielson, Conn.
After retirement, Robert moved to Valencia County and served as the president of NAMASTE, the chairman of the Valencia County Senior Center Advisory Council and was the guiding force in creating Valencia County Senior Support, which builds ramps for the homebound and assists with the installation of smoke detectors and grab bars.
He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Belen, whose Methodist Men have been instrumental in building wheelchair ramps. Robert was a lifelong Republican, active in politics in Ohio, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Valencia County.
Robert is survived by his wife of 34 years, Dr. Alice V. Letteney; his children, Dr. Elizabeth Rose Sanders, Martha Rice Sanders and George Robert Sanders; his grandchildren, Dan Beshers, Edward Beshers, Devon Sanders, David Sanders and Benjamin Koch; his great-grandchildren, Rory Beshers, Wesley Beshers and Chandler Sanders; and many members of the Letteney and Trant families.
A viewing and funeral service were held the United Methodist Church in Rio Communities on Monday, July 8. Interment will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 9:45 a.m., Thursday, July 11.
Should friends desire, memorial tributes may be sent to Valencia County Senior Support, c/o Wayne Gallegos, 1101 Esperanza Drive, Belen, NM 87002.
Sign Robert’s online registry book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.