Deaths and funerals (08/01/13)


Louise Benjamin Hale

Louise Benjamin Hale, age 61, passed away Tuesday, July 30, after a courageous battle against cancer. Louise was born March 8, 1952, in Albuquerque.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Buster and Babe Benjamin; nephew, Jerry Don Gardner; and niece, Lorna Haws.
She is survived by brothers, Ray Benjamin (Sue), Bill Benjamin (Mary Lou Smith), and Lewis Winston; sisters, Kathy Gardner (Gerald Cox), and Gladys Dillard; nephews, Brian Benjamin, Brady Benjamin and Casey Gardner; nieces, Kelly Colton and Courtney Dillard; aunt, Dolly Dawson; several cousins, great nephews and nieces and many dear friends.
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

David G. Hay

David G. Hay, age 79, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Wednesday, July 31.
View David’s full obituary at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Chris Flavio Sanchez

Chris Flavio Sanchez, age 69, a resident of Belen, passed away on Saturday, July 27.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Brijida P. Sanchez; father, Felipe Sanchez; children, Fidel Sanchez, Bernadette Lucero and Chris Sanchez Jr.; siblings, Fidel, Maria, Leroy and Samuel Sanchez.
Chris is survived by his children, Grace Sanchez, Monica Martinez, Noel Sanchez, Victoria Pena, Alberta Barba and Nieves Sanchez; 31 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, adopted grandchildren, Antonio and Ernesto Lucero; godchildren, Jesse Barger, Justine Barba Marquez, Frank Archuleta and Angel Lopez; brothers, Polonio, Juan, Felipe, Ernesto, Gilberto and Steven Sanchez; sisters, Florinda Kasner, Viola Lucero, Nattie Baca and Lori Hanson.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, on Thursday, Aug. 1, beginning with a viewing at 8:30 a.m., with a Rosary to be recited at 9:30 a.m., and a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be his brothers, Felipe, Gilberto, Ernesto, Polonio and Steven Sanchez; and nephew, Pepo Sanchez. Honorary pallbearers will be his good friends, Eddie Vallejos, Daniel Jaramillo, his little buddy, Jeremiah Green Lucero, Antonio and Ernesto Lucero, Carmen Valencia and Willie Lucero.
Sign Chris’ online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Oscar L. Sloan

Oscar L. Sloan, born in Albuquerque on Feb. 28, 1930, died at the Veteran’s Hospital in Albuquerque on July 23.
Oscar graduated from Austin High School in El Paso in 1948 and entered the Air Force that same year. After completing almost 22 year of service, he returned to El Paso and graduated with a BA degree from UTEP.
He moved back to Belen, where he attended grade school and junior high in the mid 90s to be closer to family. He moved to Albuquerque in 2012.
Oscar traveled extensively with the Air Force, including to Korea, Thailand, Japan, the Middle East and Germany, Italy, France and England.
He had one son, Phillip, who was killed in an auto accident when he was 13 years old. He was also  preceded in death by his father, Oscar O. Sloan; his mother, Henrietta Sloan; and his sister, Henry Anne Hendren.
He has one surviving sister, Nancy (Karas) Maese, of Albuquerque; and one brother, Thomas Sloan, of Sanford, Fla.; as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.
Oscar never met a stranger. He loved to talk to everyone he met and had many friends.
A graveside service was held at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe on Wednesday, July 31.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in his memory.
Funeral Arrangements are with Daniels Funeral Home, at 1200 Coal Avenue, Albuquerque, 842-8800.

Jenny Romero Trammell

We think of you in silence
And make no outward show
what it meant to lose you
no one will ever know
A golden heart stopped beating
Your tender hands at rest,
God broke our hearts to prove
He only takes the best.
To some you may be forgotten,
to others a part of the past,
But to those who loved you dearly,
Your memory will last.

Jenny Romero Trammell, 74, former resident of Belen, passed away on April 12.
Born in Socorro, Jenny was raised in La Joya and Belen, where she held most of her fondest memories.
Jenny is survived by her large, loving family, including sister, Peggy; brothers, Charlie, Leroy, Sonny and Wilford; children, Ruth, Thomas, Robert and Michele. Jenny was a beloved grandmother to Peter Jr., Veronica and Hanna. Many more family members, cousins, friends and acquaintances will miss her dearly.
Jenny was a devoted Catholic and avid viewer of Eternal World Television Network. She was always a shoulder to lean on, an available ear to turn to, and a huge heart that loved and cared for others. She was always able to find a prayer, a saint or novena for those who needed heavenly support.
She loved spending time outside in her garden, tending to her floral children. She adored animals of all sorts and was more than willing to care for all shapes and sizes of pets brought home by all.
Please join the family at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. The Rosary will start at 10:30 p.m., Mass at 11 a.m., and the final placement of her ashes to follow.