Deaths and funerals (09/05/13)


Frank H. Gale
Frank H. Gale, 59, of Belen and formerly of La Garita, Colo. and Dayton, Ohio, stepped off into the void on Friday, Aug. 30.
Born at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., to SMSgt. (Ret.) Frank and Justine Gale, the first of three boys, Frank learned first hand about different cultures, arts, foods, languages and customs as he traveled throughout Europe and the United States as a military brat.
After graduating from high school in Dayton, Ohio, and attending two semesters at Wright State University, Frank embarked on a life-long career as an itinerant laborer, working in agriculture, ranching, construction and the manufacturing industries, mostly in the Southwest and the Rocky Mountain regions.
Frank, who prided himself on his work ethic, worked up to the day his illness forced him to retire.
An avid reader, Frank always had a book at his side. When not reading, he could always be found listening to blues and hillbilly music, the louder the better for listening.
Frank was blessed with the tremendous gifts of wit and humor, always ready with a story or two to share with one and all. Self-described as “terminally handsome” and as “Mr. Sunshine,” no one ever disagreed with his pronouncements.
Frank is survived by his wife of 29 years, Ellen Keeler Gale, of the family home; his son, Angus Gale, of Denver, Colo.; brothers, Matthew of Tampa, Fla., and Robert, of Boston, Mass.
Frank and all his family would like to thank all of those family and friends, some who have traveled great distances, for attending Frank’s wake on June 22. As usual, Frank held court and a great time was had by all.

Eloy Garley Jr.
Died 2013
Eloy Garley Jr., age 70, born in Los Lunas, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Sept. 2.
Mr. Garley is survived by his beloved wife, Yolanda; children, Debby Garley-Williams and husband, Mike, and Cynthia Sanchez and husband, Gabriel; mother of his children, Beatrice Garley; grandchidlren, Marcus Casias, Matthew Casias, Jaclyn Sanchez and Robert Sanchez; stepdaughter, Yolanda Mendoza; stepson, Alejandro Manzanares; siblings, Joe William Garley, James Garley, Gerald Garley and Christina Moya.
Mr. Garley was preceded in death by his parents, Eloy Sr. and Elfides Garley.
Eloy was the owner of Crystal Title and Carpet. Eloy was most known for his contagious smile and laughter, he was very generous to all of his family and friends.
He was loved by all and will be deeply missed.  Visitation will be from 6:30 to 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6, in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m.
Final visitation will be from 8:30 to 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, at St. Joseph on the Rio Grande Catholic Church, 5901 St, Joseph Place NW, with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 9 a.m.
Cremation has taken place and private disposition will take place at a later date. Please visit to sign the online guest book. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary Inc., 1000 Old Coors Rd. SW.

Chela Gore
Chela Gore, age 91 born Hattie Lucille Proffitt, passed away at home in Belen, on Saturday, Aug. 31.  She was born on Dec. 18, 1921, to Hattie and Bob Proffitt in Newcastle, Texas, and grew up in northern New Mexico. She taught school for more than 30 years and was a skilled quilter, seamstress and gardener.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Loren Davis; and a son, Samuel Gore.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, William K. (Bill) Gore; daughter, Beth Christensen; “adopted” daughter, Marge Lewis; two grandchildren, Carolyn Pravda (Adam), and Audrey Christensen; two great grandchildren; her special niece/sister Clarice Hedeman; and several much-loved nieces, nephews and friends.
In accordance with her wishes, her ashes will be scattered in a pasture near her childhood home of Capulin.  A service celebrating her life will be held at the Masonic Lodge, 607 Goebel Ave. in Belen at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 13.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in her honor to a charity of your choice.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., (505)864-4448, where an online guest register is available at

Veronica Martinez
Veronica Martinez, age 91, joined our Lord and Savior on Sunday, Aug. 25, at Gentiva Hospice in Albuquerque.
Veronica lived in Belen, and was a member of the Belen Catholic Church and Catholic Daughters of America for 16 years. She previously lived in Peralta, and was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and a member of the Peralta Altar Society.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel Martinez; two children, Dionisio and Mary Helen Martinez; parents, Dionisio and Elena Arbira; sister, Sally Ramirez; brother, Jose Martinez; and son-in-law, Louie Baca.
Veronica is survived by her daughters, Martha Marquez and husband, Gene, Patty Baca, Bernice Gallegos and husband, Gerald and Amy Arellano and husband, Ed; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
Rosary services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Romero Funeral Home. Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.
The family would like to thank the many relatives and friends that attended the services and provided flowers and food.
Sign Veronica’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Mary Lou Scott
Mary Lou Scott passed away Wednesday, Aug. 28. Mary Lou was born on Oct. 30, 1934, in Plymouth, Ind.
She is survived by her husband, Wade D. Scott; children, DeLano Scott and his wife, Judith, Shelyce Brumfield and her husband, Brian, Tawnya Richard and Lynette Pinkston; grandchildren, Kristina Scott, Keith Scott and his wife, Scottilynn, Kyle Scott and his wife, Jackie, all of Illinois, Sharae Scott, Joseph Brumfield, Brianna Brumfield, Brandon Richard, Brittney Richard, all of Albuquerque, and Mila Stublefield of California; great-grandchildren, Ronan, Orin, Shayla and Brent Scott, all of Illinois, Madison and Preston Saline and Nivanna-Leigh Richard of Albuquerque; brother, Theodore Miller, his wife Joyce, and their family, of Michigan, and many other family members and friends.
Mary Lou hosted a radio program at KKIM radio. She also enjoyed working for KRQE.
Mary Lou was very involved in her church, and cherished spending time with her family, and especially loved having tea parties. She loved singing, music, arts and crafts.
Mary Lou was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend who will be deeply missed.
Services were held Saturday, Aug. 31, at French – Lomas. Please visit our online guestbook for Mary Lou at French – Lomas, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, 275-3500.

Philip (Mike) Thoma
Philip (Mike) Thoma, age 56, a resident of Peralta, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 3.
Arrangements are pending at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, (505)866-9992, 2211-D Main St., where an online guest register is available at

Sue Wakitsch
Died 2013
Sue Wakitsch, age 81, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 28.
She is survived by her husband, Harold “Max” Wakitsch; sons, Peter Wakitsch and Scott and wife, Sandra Wakitsch; daughters, Karen and husband, Jimmy Rivera, and Sandy and husband, Jeremy Mayne; brother, Lee A. Fisher; granddaughters, Myra Shea and husband Dave Dunlap, Nicole Rivera, Bethany Rivera, Kelsey Mayne and Abigail Mayne.
She was a member of First Immanuel Presbyterian Church of Belen.
Memorial Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at French-Wyoming Chapel. Interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery.
Sue was a great animal lover so, in lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Animal Humane New Mexico, 615 Virginia SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.
Please visit our online guestbook for Sue at, French-Wyoming, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400.

Thomas (Tommy) Mark Yates
Died 2013
Thomas (Tommy) Mark Yates, 78, a 54-year resident of Los Lunas, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ early Thursday morning, Aug. 15.
He is survived by his brothers William (Billy) Yates (Ingrid) and Lemuel (Shorty) Yates (Sandy); and his step-brother Pat Morgan (Joy); his children Susan Hayes (JT), Sharon Powell (Victor), David Yates (Venetia) and Rick Yates (Rhonda); his grandchildren Dusty Cox (Becca), Clay Cox (Desiree),  Phillip Cox (Kelli), Jesse Yates (Darcy), Andrew Powell (Danielle), Rachael Chisholm (David), Micah Yates (LeAnne), Cory Yates (Pege), Katie Villareal (Joe), Meghan Sanchez (Jeremy), Hannah Salazar (Andrew), and Kimmee Yates; and 25 great-grandchildren with one on the way. Also surviving are his brother-in-law and sister-in-law Don and Georgia George; his nieces and nephews; and dear friends.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents William Yates and Jewell Yates-Morgan and step-father Henry Morgan, his step-brothers Boyd Morgan, step-sister Mary Ethel (‘Sister’) Dennison, and the love of his life, Arzetta Ann Yates. Tom was born in Springer, in 1935 and was raised on a ranch near Roy and Yates, until about the age of 10.
His father passed away, leaving Tom’s mother with three young boys.
The years ahead brought a merging of two families, more ranching and an eventual move to Albuquerque.
During their freshman year at Highland High School Tom met Arzetta Corn, thus beginning their courtship and life together.
They married in 1953, eventually settling in Los Lunas where they raised four children, several generations of Simmental cattle, and hosted numerous family, friends and church gatherings; their home was an inviting and joyful place.
In 1964 Tom and Arzetta founded Alpha Southwest in Albuquerque.
Their lives are reflected in the legacy of their faith in the Lord, their love and joy in their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with whom they were deliberate in visiting and spending time together; even a simple meal was always an occasion.
One year Tommy and Arzetta surprised their kids and grandkids with a Christmas cruise on Disney’s Big Red Boat and all the family fondly remembers this trip, as well as many, many other special times together.
Faith, family, friendships and travel to both old and new places were the focus of their lives, and they found wonder in exploring God’s creation, embracing life, and watching their family learn, grow and discover.
Tommy lost his dear Arzetta 12 years ago, leaving a big void in his life, but he found great joy in the family they shared.
The memorial and funeral services for Tom have already occurred.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Tom’s name to the First Baptist Church of Los Chavez, 9 Los Chavez Park Rd., Belen, NM, 87002.
Please visit the online guest book for Tom Yates, at or at French Funerals-Cremations, 111 University Blvd NE 505-843-6333.