Deaths and funerals (09/19/13)
Maria F. Estrada
Maria F. Estrada, age 73, a resident of Belen, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 14.
Maria was a great cook and always enjoyed listening to her music. She loved to take her grandchildren fishing and collected all sorts of knickknacks. Maria was a strong woman and will always have a place in our heart.
“Love and miss you Mom and Grandma.”
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jose and Antonia Archuleta Martinez; brothers, Michael and Jimmy Martinez.
Maria is survived by her children, Barbara Sandoval and husband, Henry, and Matthew Gurule; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held at Calvary Chapel Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Interment will be held at a later date.
Sign Maria’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.
Constance Jean Gibson
In loving memory of Constance Jean Gibson, who peacefully passed away on Sept. 4 on her 71st wedding anniversary. She was 91.
Constance was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was born on Feb. 3, 1922, to Kearney K. and Mabel O. McNay in Maline, Ill.
Her childhood was spent in Colorado Springs, Colo., where she met the love of her life, Omer J. Gibson. Together, they raised their suriving sons, Don, Larry and Robert Gibson. They helped their boys in adult life by helping them start businesses in Valencia County.
She will greatly be missed by her family, her sister, Norma and her family; her sons and their wives, Don, Larry and Mary and Robert and Margie Gibson. She had three grandchildren, Lisa, Cory and Tyler; and one great-granddaughter, Bailey Ann.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sister, Flrence Zolman.
Services were held Saturday, Sept. 7, at Romero Funeral Home in Belen. Interment was held at Terrace Grove Cemetery.
Elizabeth B. Gilbert
Elizabeth B. Gilbert, age 92, born in Norwood, Mass., in 1921, a resident of Belen, passed away on Wednesday, Sept.
She proudly served her country in the United States Women’s Army Corps during WWII. Elizabeth was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, a poet, short story writer, newspaper editor and soprano singer. Her hobbies were swimming and skating.
Elizabeth was employed as a bank teller, a teacher at St. Mary’s School, book editor at Little Brown and Company. She spoke and wrote French and contributed to the publication of The Journal De Society De Bernier.
Elizabeth was a loving wife, and mother.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Richard Gilbert; and son, Ricky Gilbert Jr.
Elizabeth is survived by her daughter, Susanna Gilbert; son, John Gilbert; daughter, Elizabeth Gilbert Garcia; and son, Thomas Gilbert. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
All services were held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, on Monday, Sept. 16. Interment was held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on Tuesday, Sept. 17
Pallbearers were her grandson, Ryan Garcia; son-in-law, Frank Garcia; cousins, Mike Torres and Ralph Castillo; and lifelong family friend, Alfred Padilla.
Sign Elizabeth’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.
Robert Ezra Hartman
Robert Ezra Hartman, age 94, a resident of Los Lunas, died Sunday, Sept. 15.
He is survived by his loving companion, Marilu Hibbard, and her family, son, Kim Hibbard, daughter, Kathie Hibbard and her partner, Kristina Johnson, daughter, Cyndi Mimovich and her husband, Michael, and granddaughter, Alexis; his children, Susan Peifer and her husband, Chris, son, Bill Hartman and his wife, Annie, daughter, Sally Roberts, and son, Matthew Hartman; grandchildren, Brian, Chris, Katie, Sarah, Molly, William, David, Tommy and Kelly; 12 great-grandchildren, and sister, Ann Carter.
Robert was preceded in death by his son, Robert E. Hartman Jr.; and brother, John W. Hartman.
Robert grew up in Detroit during the early heydays of the automobile industry, with his father, Hap, serving as chief counsel to Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company and other prominent Detroit industries. Hap was also a participant in the incorporation of the original Detroit Lions National Football League team, and, along with son, Robert, attended their first game.
Robert developed a life-long love of tennis, swimming, golf and other sports during his early Detroit years through summer-long participation both by himself and with his brother, John, at Camp Chikopi and with his sister, Ann, at Camp Akomak near Magnetawan, Canada.
He was a volunteer member of the National Ski Patrol in Wisconsin and later in New Mexico for many years. Robert continued snow skiing into his late ’80s, played tennis into his 90s, and last golfed a mere three months before his death.
Robert was a lifelong pilot, falling in love with flying as a 10 year old after getting a hop in a Ford Trimotor with the airplane’s designer, William Bushnell Stout.
He attended Antioch College in Ohio, participating in their COOP program with stints at NBC Radio and Macy’s in New York City before graduating and landing his first sales position with International Business Machines in Ohio. He then served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and achieved his aviator wings, becoming a B-17 command flight instructor in Roswell, and later a B-29 combat command pilot, achieving several thousand flight hours between the two aircraft.
Robert returned to IBM computer sales after the close of WWII, but never lost his love of flying. He flew in the Air Force Reserves until the outbreak of the Korean War, leaving the Reserves to devote his full attention to IBM, where he was a first-hand participant bringing the first digital computer advances to customers in applications in the federal government, credit cards, automated stock exchange transactions, advertising and many other industries. He remained in IBM Sales until retiring from Big Blue in 1975.
Upon retirement from IBM, Robert moved back to New Mexico and continued to develop a number of different sales representative businesses, selling consumer electronics and other products in New Mexico and adjacent states well in to his late ’80s. For many years, Robert incorporated flying into many of his out-of-Albuquerque sales calls.
In New Mexico, Robert also became active in the local chapters of the Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles program, which fosters youth interest in science, technology, engineering, math and flying. For many years, Robert was both a volunteer pilot who donated his time and his airplane to take young people ages 8-17 on local orientation flights, as well as a leader of the Young Eagles’ school recruitment and media efforts.
Robert continued to meet with Albuquerque schools on behalf of the Young Eagles until this month. In 2009, the EAA recognized Robert with their Wright Brothers award for his many years of flying and service to flying. Since 1992, more than 1.6 million Young Eagles have enjoyed their first flight through the program.
With thanks to Jeff and his many co-pilot friends, Robert flew his last flight only a few days before his death.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, at French-Wyoming. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Experimental Aircraft Association Young Eagles Program, www.youngeagles.org.
Please visit our online guestbook for Robert at www.FrenchFunerals.com. French-Wyoming, 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE, 823-9400.
Joy LaNell Rimorin
Joy LaNell Rimorin, age 74, a resident of Belen, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 14.
She was a member of Calvary Chapel Rio Grande Valley. Joy was born in Tyler, Texas, to the late Haller Cook and Dorsie Navarro. Joy was the second of three daughters, her oldest sister, Betty Jane Cook, and youngest sister, Darlene Fay Navarro.
Although she was born in Texas, Joy was raised in California. In 1958, Joy married Bobby Rimorin, and together they had four children.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Ginger; and son, Mark.
Joy is survived by her son, Robert; daughter, Joy; five grandsons, five granddaughters and seven great-grandchildren.
All services were held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Interment will be held at a later date.
Pallbearers will be Christopher, Robert, Nicholas, Marcus, Matthew and Mark Rimorin.
Sign Joy’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.
Eva Jean Marquez Ruof
Eva Jean Marquez Ruof, 59, passed away on Friday, Sept. 13.
She was born in Clovis on May 6, 1954, and was a permanent resident of Belen since 1990.
She was an administrative assistant at the University of New Mexico and an avid Lobo fan.
Eva was preceded in death by her father, Juan Marquez; mother, Louisa Lopez Marquez; brother, Rudy Marquez; sister, Geneva Brady; and sister, Florinda Cordova.
She is survived by her daughter, Erica; son, Brian; husband, Jim; sisters, Carmen Marquez, Corine Trujeque, Esther Trujillo, Lori Kurtz; brother, Chris Marquez; and their families.
Services were held on Wednesday, Sept. 18.
Please visit the online guest register at www.riversidefunerals.com. Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas 820 Main St NE, 565-1700.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society for Pancreatic Cancer in the name of Eva Ruof.