Deaths and funerals (10/17/13)

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Manuel Duran
1926-2013
Manuel Duran, age 87, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
He was born on Oct. 3, 1926, in Erie, Colo., to Manuel and Ramona Duran. He lived out his childhood in Raton, and joined the Navy in 1944. He served his country and fought in WWII in the Pacific, where he earned various medals including the WWII victory medal.
After his service, he went to work as a miner in coal and uranium.  Manuel worked his way up the ladder becoming the New Mexico state mine inspector and later a safety inspector for BLM. He started one of the first unions for miners and was an advocate for miner safety.
He loved the outside, his garden, his animals, traveling, spending time with his family and was active in the local VFW.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Janice Duran; and his brother, Gilbert Duran.
Manuel is survived by one brother, Greg Duran, of Oceanside, Calif.; five sons and three daughters, Eddie and Robert Duran, of Las Vegas, Nev., Larry Duran, of Hawaii, Wayne Duran, of Grants, Dotty Jones of Shoreline, Wash., Amy Osborne and Amanda Jones, of Los Lunas, and Wayne Jones of Longmont, Colo. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the New Mexico Mine Health and Safety Conference, Inc., PO Box 1754, Socorro, NM, 87801.
The funeral services will be held at 3 p.m, Friday, Oct. 25, at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe. A celebration of his life will be held at 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Albuquerque Marriot.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Glen Osborne and Anthony Tapia for their loving care of Manuel in his final days.  They would also like to thank Heartland Hospice, family and friends for their help and support through this difficult time.  Manuel was loved and will be greatly missed.
Sign Manuel’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Charlotte R. Gaussoin
1940-2013
Charlotte R. Gaussoin, age 73, a resident of Bosque, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Earl Hathorn
1931-2013
Earl Ernest Hathorn, age 82, a resident of Belen, lived his life in service to the Lord God Almighty, so when he passed from this life, on Friday, Oct. 11, he was carried by the angels into paradise.
Earl served in the U.S. Navy for four years, met and married Louise Wood, and moved to Boling to work at Texas Gulf Sulphur.
Upon retirement in 1994, Earl and Louise moved to Belen, where he was employed part time with Auge’s. Earl was a member of the Rio Grande Valley Church of Christ. He loved going camping and fishing in Colorado with his family and friends.
Earl was a child of God, a devoted husband and a beloved father who will be dearly missed.
He was preceded in death by his dad and mother, Lemuel and Ophelia Hathorn; brothers, Vernon and Robert; sisters, Marjorie and Helga; and an infant daughter, Diane.
Earl is survived by the love of his life of 58 years, Louise; children, Dorothy Miles of Lubbock, Lisa and husband, Mark Reed, of Saint Joseph, Mich., and Jack Hathorn and his wife, Carla, of Houston; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and a sister, Ruth Gibson, of Nacogdoches.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, at Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel. The family will receive friends beginning at 1:30 p.m.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Billy Z. Jones
1930-2013
Billy Z. Jones, age 83, passed away Thursday, Oct. 10.
He was born in Mountain Park, Okla., on Sept. 8, 1930, to John Hardy Jones and Georgia Elena Hall Jones. Billy had 10 brothers and sisters.
Billy left home at the age of 17 to join the Air Force. He served in Germany during the Berlin Airlift and was awarded a medal for Humane Action for his service. He became a sergeant in the United States Air Force and served as an intelligence specialist at Lowry Air Force Base in Colorado.
He met Dorothy H. Bragg in 1951 and they married in March 1952. They were together for 56 years. They had one child, Rebecca S. McCauley of Cliff, N.M.
Billy started out as a security officer at ACF in Albuquerque. He then worked at Dairy Specialty and later became the owner. He had many talents, carpenter, business owner, property manager. He built the Pronto Mart 7-11 in 1962. He and his wife operated this successful business for 31 years. He also owned Eddy’s Hardware and E-Z Storage. He later bought and sold land. This became his “hobby.” Even though he never graduated from high school, he became an entrepreneur.
He was an expert marksman. He never lost his touch even after having a stroke hitting the bull’s eye with his beloved “Judge.” He also loved to play golf and fly his airplane in his earlier years.
Billy lost his wife in January 2008. He later suffered a stroke. He always seemed to bounce back until he fractured his hip.
He is survived by his daughter Rebecca (Becky) McCauley and partner, James Keller, of Cliff; grandson, Billy Ray McCauley and wife, DaVonna, also of Cliff; granddaughter, Deanna Hogue and boyfriend, Jeremy Grimm, of Avondale, Ariz; great-grandchildren, Colton Lee Watkins and Aubrey Grace McCauley, of Cliff; one brother, Olvis Jones and wife, Joyce, of Snyder, Okla. He is also survived by his sisters-in-law Blanche Schnare of Kerrville, Texas, and Jimmy Lou Jones of Lawton, Okla. He leaves behind many nieces and nephews he enjoyed visiting with.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Jones; father, John H. Jones; mother, Georgia E. Jones; sisters, Jeneal Riley, Margie Rogers and Leola Powell; brothers: Deverne Jones, Greely Jones, Leo Jones, Virgil Jones and LaVoy Jones.
A funeral service was held on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Daniels Family Funeral Services, Strong-Thorne Chapel, 1100 Coal Ave SE, Albuquerque. Interment followed at Santa Fe National Cemetery.
In memory of Billy, contributions may be made to The Boys and Girls Ranch Inc. PO Box 5000, Belen, NM, 87002, 800-660-0289.
To view information or leave a condolence, visit www.danielsfuneral.com.  Daniels Family Funeral Services, 1100 Coal Ave SE, Albuquerque.

Alexander Robert Kittrell
1988-2013
Alexander Robert Kittrell is survived by his parents, Cory and Christine Kittrell; brothers, Connor and Eliot; grandparents, Patricia and Robert Meakim and Joyce and Richard Kolpek; uncles and aunts, Chad, Catherine, Casey and Sue Kittrell,  Robert, Esther, John and Brandy Meakim; and cousins, Joseph and Charlotte Meakim.
He was a 2006 Sandia High School graduate. His infectious spirit, laughter and love will forever remain in all of our hearts. No longer of this world, but a part of the universe; the brightest star in the sky. Forever young. Forever free. May he rest in peace.
In lieu of flowers, donate to animalhumanenm.org or the humane society of your choice.
A memorial service will be held at Riverside Funeral Home in Los Lunas, 820 Main St., at 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17.

William “Bill” Paul McCarter
1940-2013
William “Bill” Paul McCarter, a resident of Belen, born in Dent County, Mo., moved to Albuquerque in 1951, died on Oct. 7.
He is survived by his children, William, Everett and Vanesa; grandchildren, Malachi, Marlo and Kyler; sisters, Corrine Blackwell (Ray) and Martha Claudette VanHouten (Ned); and other relatives and friends.
His trust in Christ brought peace.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at French Funerals, 1111 University NE, in Albuquerque, at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19.
An online guestbook for William is at www.FrenchFunerals.com.

Nettie “Dolly” Virginia Milam
1921-2013
Nettie “Dolly” Virginia Milam, age 91, a resident of Los Lunas,  passed away at home on Thursday, Oct. 10.
Dolly was born in West Virginia on Nov. 6, 1921, to James and Pearl Greene. Dolly had four brothers and one sister, all who preceded her in death.
She is survived by two sons, Jack Lechalk and James Lechalk and wife, Sandra, of Los Lunas; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; and foster son, Floyd Mireles of Virginia.
Dolly ministered to children and adults alike during her lifetime, whether it was clothing, homemade blankets, food, dolls, just whatever people needed.
Dolly loved her Lord and always shared that love with family and friends alike.
A memorial service was held at the First Baptist Church of Los Chavez with Brother Boyd Morerod officiating. Interment will be at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, next to her husband and best friend, Gerold Milam.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Patricia Moore
1956-2013
Patricia Moore, age 57, a resident of Belen, passed away on Monday, Oct. 14.
She served in the United States Air Force, worked in the trucking industry and was a part of the ballooning community.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Teresa Russer; and her brother, Michael.
Patricia is survived by her husband, Michael; children, Susan (Bobby) Miller, James (Diane) Johnson, Kathy Andrews, Lori Hansen, Ray Johnson Jr., and Michelle Westback; grandchildren, Mason, Ashlee, Nevaeh, Kyle, Shane, Grace and Trinity; siblings, Kevin (Judy) Russer, Karen Gatison, Maureen Swanson and Brian (Sandy) Russer; and many friends and loved ones.
A balloon release memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19,  at Anna Becker Park in Belen.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Alexander “Al” Joseph Mruczek
1920-2013
Alexander “Al” Joseph Mruczek, age 92, a resident of Belen, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Oct. 10.
He was born in Batavia, N.Y., to Caroline and Andrew Mruczek.  He proudly served in the United States Navy during World War II on the USS Finch.
He and his wife settled in Washington, D.C., until moving to Belen in 1963. He spent his life working as a painting contractor, dba Color Craft. Al served with his wife as a greeter at Calvary Chapel of the Rio Grande Valley in Belen. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, sports and gardening.
His love, humor and presence will be dearly missed.
Al was preceded in death by his parents, 12 siblings and his son, Stephen.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Caroline; daughters, Sandra and Bonnie; son, David; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, as well as his faithful dog.
A celebration of Al’s life was held on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Calvary Chapel of the Rio Grande Valley.  He will be laid to rest with military honors at Santa Fe National Cemetery at a later time.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Dorothy L. Stephens
1925-2013
Dorothy L. Stephens, age 88, a resident of Belen and Clovis, passed peacefully from this life into the next on Monday, Oct. 14.
She attended the First Baptist Church of Belen. She was an active member of AA’s, both in Clovis and Belen for more than 30 years. She always enjoyed fellowshipping with friends at the senior citizens’ center in Clovis, and made her home between Belen and Clovis after the passing of her husband, John A. Stephens.
She enjoyed dancing and crocheting. She was a fun, loving, giving individual, who always had a smile on her face. She loved family gatherings and spending time with her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John A. Stephens; and a daughter, Lori Stephens White.
She is survived by her children, Ronald A Hayes and his wife, Diane, Doyle D. Hayes and his wife, Brenda, Donna Hayes Vigus, and her husband, Tommy, Cindy Hayes Chavez and her husband, Johnny, John Allen Stephens and his wife, Brenda, Tammy Stephens Quinones and Teresa Stephens. She is also survived by 18 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and many great-great-grandchildren.
Her grandchildren, Michael Vigus, Jeremy Hayes, Michael Chavez, Jordan Padilla, Allen Thompson, Dylan Thompson, Tony Hayes and Johnny Chavez, will serve as pallbearers.
Services will be held at First Baptist Church of Belen on Friday, Oct. 19, beginning with a viewing at noon, followed by the funeral service at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Terrace Grove.
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 www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Blanche M. Tellez
1928-2013
Blanche M. Tellez passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
She is survived by three children; daughter, Angela Brust and husband, Mike; and sons, Manuel F. and Anthony Tellez and wife, Flor; four grandchildren, Aaron and wife, Beva, Tony Jr. and wife, Kim, Desiree and husband, Laurence, Miche and wife, Susie; and three great-grandchildren, Carlina, Mayce and Miche Jr., all who were dearly loved by her.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel. Both resided in Belen for 33 years.
A memorial service was held at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1114 S. Main St. in Belen, on Saturday, Oct. 12. Job Larrañaga officiated the service.

Gilbert Efren Vigil
Died 2013
Gilbert Efren Vigil, age 80, a resident of Los Lunas and Albuquerque, passed away on Friday, Oct. 11.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Yvonne Vigil; his son, Ronnie Vigil; his daughter, Arlene Vigil; and his parents, Eustacio and Elena Vigil.
He is survived by his children, Patsy Trujillo and husband, Richard; Gilbert Eugene Vigil and Charlene Maestas; Marvin Vigil and wife, Debra; Ruth Boyd and husband, David; his sisters, Ida Serna, Dora Lopez and Berna Piezinksi; brothers, Bernie Vigil and Fernando Vigil; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A memorial service will be held at the Family Worship Center, 7311 Glenrio Road, NW, at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, Pastor Meliton Lopez of Healing Waters Ministry officiating.
Interment of cremains will take place at a later date. Reception will follow after service.

Seferino D. Zamora
1944-2013
Seferino D. Zamora, age 69, a resident of Jarales, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 12. He was a member of Jarales Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Florentino Zamora and Sylvia Peralta; and uncle, Florindo Peralta.
Seferino is survived by his son, Michael B. Zamora; daughter, Michelle V. Zamora Sandoval; special friend, Myra Candelaria; sisters, Lena Chavez and husband, Louie, Rose Chavez and husband, Tony, Mary Lou Rael; and seven grandchildren. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
All services will be held at St. Francis Catholic Church in Jarales, on Friday, Oct. 18, beginning with a visitation at 9:30 a.m., and a funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will be held at a later date.
Sign Seferino’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.