Deaths and funerals (08/29/13)


Lee Allen Abers
Lee Allen Abers, of Los Lunas, passed away at 9:15 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 26. Lee would have been 55 on Oct. 22.
He is survived and mourned by Tammy, his wife of 23 years. Lee is also survived by his five children, Jeremy, Lee II and Joe, of Albuquerque, and twins, Brittney and Brandon, of Los Lunas, as well as five grandchildren. There is also a surviving brother, Richard, of Arizona.
Lee was born in Jamestown, N.Y., third son to William and Ellen Abers. The family moved to Albuquerque when he was 4 years old. He has lived and raised his family primarily in this area since then.
Lee was employed as a long-distance and local transport operator until poor health dictated his retirement.
Lee will be remembered for his kindness, love, his sense of humor and the “huge” grin on his face that would make the day of anybody that had an encounter with him along with his dedication to his family above all else.
Lee will also be remembered for his passion and love for racing. He was a huge Nascar fan, as well as a great supporter of the local dirt tracks. He spent many long hours working on his race car with his children, teaching them the ins and outs of racing. They also have the same passion for racing that he did.
On the weekends, you could always find Lee at the track, where he was either racing or was a spectator.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 31. The family will receive friends beginning at 10:30 a.m. Father Roberts will officiate and interment will be private.

K. Todd Emond
K. Todd Emond, age 51, joined his Savior in heaven on Wednesday, Aug. 21.
He was born in Wichita, Kan., on Feb. 15, 1962, and raised in nearby Andover, Kan., where he was a noted athlete, singer and graduate of Andover High School.
He was a resident of New Mexico since 1983, and made his home in Isleta Pueblo, where he and his wife of 28 years raised their five children. Todd was a force in the construction industry of New Mexico for 30 years, particularly as a partner and vice-president of TLC Plumbing & Utility until 2006, and as a partner and CEO of II Iron Construction since 2010.
He was an IFOC chaplain, an active member of Light of the World Christian Fellowship, a fervent volunteer instructor at the New Mexico Men’s Recovery Center, an ardent supporter of 4-H and FFA and a beloved coach for many youth sports teams in Valencia County.
Above all, he was a husband that loved unconditionally and a father that gave unceasingly. His family mourns his loss deeply, but rejoices that he is receiving his eternal rewards for his unwavering commitment to serve the Lord and those around him.
Todd was preceded in death by his father, Bernard Brueggan of Okarche, Okla.; his father-in-law, Jose D. Chiwiwi, of Isleta Pueblo; and his mother-in-law, Marie Otero Chiwiwi, of Isleta Pueblo.
Todd is survived by his adoring wife, Esther Chiwiwi Emond, of Isleta Pueblo; his loving children, Tessie Emond, of Belen, Anna Jo Emond, of Isleta Pueblo, Bailley Emond, of Corrales, Morgan Emond and his wife, Naomi Miller Emond, of Belen, and Lanni Emond, of Andover, Kan. Todd is also survived by his treasured grandson, Traven Todd Emond; his mother, Anna Stahlman Lucero, of Cuba, as well as his brothers, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Terry Emond and his wife, Amy Long Emond, of Augusta, Kan., Steven and Rebecca Emond, of Andover, Kan., Karl Chiwiwi and his wife, Joan Bradshaw Chiwiwi, of Isleta Pueblo, Diane Chiwiwi, of El Cero, N.M., and Aloysius Chiwiwi, of Isleta Pueblo.
Surviving nieces and nephews include, Erika Grandy Patton and her husband, Scott, of Albany, N.Y., Karl F. Chiwiwi and his wife, Melanie Zuni Chiwiwi, of Los Lunas, Sargent Justin Chiwiwi and his wife, Elizabeth Finley Chiwiwi, of Savannah, Ga., Joshua Chiwiwi, of Isleta Pueblo, Alisha Emond Chavana and her husband, Robert, of Augusta, Kan., Chadwick Emond of Augusta, Kan., Michael Emond of Fairfax, Va., Gates Emond of Augusta, Kan., Garret Emond of Augusta, Kan., and Taylore Emond of Andover, Kan..
Great nieces and nephews are Scott Patton Jr., Jonathon Karl Chiwiwi, Arralyn Chavana, Paizley Chavana and Presley Emond.
A memorial service to celebrate the vast impacts and wonderful blessings that Todd brought to us will be held at 11 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 31, at Calvary Chapel Rio Grande Valley in Belen.
The Emond family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Todd’s name to Light of the World Christian Fellowship, 155 Bosque Farms Blvd., Bosque Farms, NM, 87068. All donations will benefit the New Mexico Men’s Recovery Center.

Richard Lee Greer Sr.
Richard Lee Greer Sr., age 67, a resident of Belen, passed away on Friday, Aug. 23.
He was a very loving husband, father, brother and grandpa. He was loved by everyone he met. He loved people, fishing with his wife, and was an active member of the Moose Lodge 1680 and Lodge 2550. He enjoyed helping and working with all the Moosekateers. He also enjoyed playing bingo and being around his friends.
Richard is survived by his loving wife, Jerry; son, Richard; daughter, Anitra; stepsons, Daniel, Leroy and David; stepdaughters, Melissa and Jennifer; granddaughters, Victoria, Mary and Ann Marie; brothers, Joe and Judy Greer, Jim and Rita Greer, and Ronnie; and sister, Cathy Greer.
A memorial service will be held at the Moose Lodge 2552 in Rio Communities at 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 8.
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

Frank Victor Swiontek Jr.
Frank Victor Swiontek Jr., age 54, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 25, with loved ones by his side.
Frank is survived by his two daughters, Kasey Esparza and Karley Swiontek; parents, Melba Hamblin and Frank Swiontek Sr.; grandchildren, Billy Swiontek, Jonah Esparza and Cyrus Swiontek; aunt, Patty Shaver; uncle, Dick Shaver and many other loving friends and family.
Please join the family in celebrating his life at 10 a.m., Friday Aug. 30, at the First Baptist Church of Los Chavez.