Deaths and funerals (07/25/13)


Frank Apodaca

Frank Apodaca, age 76, a resident of Adelino, passed away on Saturday, July 20.
He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Parish of Tomé.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Efren Sr. and Helen Sanchez Apodaca; and brother, Melky Apodaca.
Frank is survived by loving wife of 54 years, Patsy Baca Apodaca; his four children, Frankie R.  Apodaca, Patricia Trujillo and husband, Marty, Sandra Apodaca, Jason Apodaca and wife, Dawn; nine grandchildren, Raelynn Leyba and husband, Matt, Eric Padilla and fiancée, Monica, Heather Switzer and husband, Jason, Kevin Apodaca and wife, Maria, Megan Mathews and husband, Joseph, Vanessa Romero and husband, Aaron, Richard Aragon, Christopher Apodaca and Chance Apodaca; great-grandchildren, Annjuliz Padilla, Ayden Romero and Kylie Mathews; brothers, Efren Apodaca Jr. and wife, Rosemary, and Robert Apodaca; sisters, Lawrence Otero and husband, Abelino, Emelda Baca and husband, Bennie, Patsy Jaramillo and husband, Rudy, Connie Chavez and husband, Henry, Linda Gabaldon and husband, John; and sister-in-law, Nancy Apodaca. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
All services will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Friday, July 26, beginning with a visitation at 10 a.m., a Rosary to be recited at 10:30 a.m., a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., with Father Jose Hernandez presiding. Interment will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 3 p.m., Friday, July 26.
Urn bearer will be grandson, Chance Apodaca. Honorary Urn bearers will be all of Frank’s grandchildren.
Sign Frank’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Lillian E. Hayter

Lillian E. Hayter, age 72, a resident of Veguita, passed away on Tuesday, July 23.
To view Lillian’s full obituary, visit Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

John Frank Jaramillo

John Frank Jaramillo, “John J.” a resident of Torrance, Calif., was born on June 24, 1933, in Belen, and passed away on June 27 in Torrance.
He was a loving, generous husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend. John was married to “his bride,” Carol Jaramillo, who was also born in Belen.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Pearl Jaramillo; sister, Esther J. Castillo; and brother, Edwin Jaramillo.
John is survived by his wife, Carol; son, John Jaramillo of Paramount, Calif.; daughters, Lori Martinovich, of Alamo, Calif., Lisa (Guy) Poulin, of Torrance, Calif., and Tricia Jaramillo, of Lomita, Calif. He is also survived by brother, Jim (Rita) Jaramillo, of Thousand Oaks, Calif; sister, Lillian Caron, of Albuquerque; brother, Earl (Bobbi) Jaramillo, of Saginaw, Mich.; sister, Geraldine (Ruben) Garcia, of Albuquerque. five grandchildren, Mathias Jamora, of Washington, D.C., Nicholas Jamora, of Ashland, Ore., Emerson Poulin, of Torrance, Calif., Teagan and Paris Martinovich, of Alamo, Calif.
John was a combat engineer for the U. S. Army in 1954. After his military service ended, John married Carol Seery and moved to California, where he began a career in the grinding business, where he successfully started his own business in 1981 called Paramount Grinding Inc.
He retired in 2009 after being active over the years in coaching Little League and AYSO soccer teams. He was a lifelong member of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Lomita, Calif., and was involved with the Men’s Holy Name Society and volunteered “working for the Lord” helping out with Christian services.
There was nothing he loved more than a good game of golf or a Dodger fame. John will be remembered as a man who took care of all those around him from family and friends to those in need. He was a gentle giant with a kind heart who will be missed by many people who loved and knew him.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 12, at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Lomita, Calif. Interment was private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Diabetes Association.
AM Gamby Funeral Home, PO Box 877, 25001 Narbonne Ave., Lomita, Calif., 90717.

George Sichler

George Sichler, age 97, a resident of Los Lunas, passed at his home, early on the morning of July 19 in the presence of his night nurse, from complications resulting from a fall incurred during a short stay at Belen Meadows.
George was a World War II veteran, serving in Africa, Italy, France and Germany, a farmer and active in the Republican Party.
George was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Pansy Mae Sichler; and he leaves behind a daughter and grandson.
Services will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 25, at the Church of the Redeemer in Los Lunas, 1715 N.M. 314 NW.
Please no flowers, George’s ashes will be distributed on his fields.
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