Deaths and funerals (10/31/13)


MaryLou Gabaldon Cordova
On Oct. 26, just one day after her 66th birthday, MaryLou Gabaldon Cordova passed away in her home, surrounded by her beloved husband, Michael Mendoza, her adoring daughter, Avalon, and her loving family.
She was driven by her zest for life and never lost her will and spirit and her faith in God. Anyone who knew MaryLou knows that she put everyone else’s needs before her own, and even though she herself suffered many years of illness, she always took in and cared for family and friends.
She was multi-talented: the hairdresser, seamstress and chef of the neighborhood; she was even featured in the Albuquerque Journal for her famous green chile enchilada casserole. But nothing lit up her life and brought her more joy than her adoring grandchildren, Gino and Jade, and her beloved daughter, Avalon, who made her forget that she was ill when they were by her side.
She only had one daughter, Avalon, but she filled MaryLou’s heart and soul with the greatest of love. She was also blessed with her step-grandchildren who came into her life and into her heart.
Her dad, Ramon; sisters, Alma and Ramona; brothers, Louie Ray and Michael; her deceased mom, Pula; and brother, Manuel, were her heart and soul, a bond that is a special blessing from heaven.
She was the favorite among many family members, especially aunt Jennie, who cared for her like a daughter, and her loving aunt Elvira. Her family and circle of friends grew, they were touched by her compassion and strong will; everywhere the family went, someone would ask for her in genuine concern.
MaryLou’s life would not have been as long or her heart as full if not for her angels and love of her life, Michael and Avalon. MaryLou was an unselfish soul whose contagious smile and sparkling eyes will never be forgotten.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Pula Romero Griego; father, Manuel B. Gabaldon; brother, Manuel E. Gabaldon; Gramita Maria G. Romero; and father-in-law, Richard Mendoza.
MaryLou is survived by her beloved husband, Michael Mendoza; beloved daughter, Avalon Cordova and husband, Robert Gonzales; loving dad, Ramon V. Griego; two sisters, Alma and husband, Fred Jaramillo, and Ramona J. Griego and partner, Cynthia Romero; two brothers, Louie Ray and wife, Debbie Griego, and Michael and wife, Belma Griego; sister-in-law (compa) Viola Gabaldon; mother-in-law, Mickey Mendoza; seven brothers-in-law, Rick and wife, Corey, Louie, Shane and wife, Gwen, Anthony, Vanson and Tommy Mendoza and Manny Sena; two beloved grandchildren, Gino and Jade Gonzales; three step-grandchildren, Anthony and wife, Becky Gonzales, Kimberly Gonzales and partner, Fabian Harada, and Lisa and husband, Joe Romero; four step-great-grandchildren, Celina Gonzales, Anthony and Dominic Gonzales and Gabby Romero. She is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
All services were held at San Clemente Catholic Church on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Interment followed at Valencia Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Louie Mendoza, Eddie Sisneros, Manuel Gabaldon III, Neil Jaramillo, Joel Jaramillo, Louie Ray Griego Jr., Michael Griego Jr. and CJ Lucero. Honorary pallbearers were Cynthia Romero, Martina Anchondo, Mary Belle Tabet, Rosemary Duran and Nathan Griego.
A special thank you from the family to Amy Tafoya, who was more than a caregiver to her and a blessing to us all and to the wonderful staff at Ambercare Hospice.
Sign MaryLou’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Gary Erwin Hasenauer
Gary Erwin Hasenauer, left his earthly home on Thursday, Oct. 17, while touring China with his wife, Ruth.
At his passing at age 74, Gary was doing what he loved very much, touring a historical site and museum. Gary was born in Nebraska on Sept. 6, 1939, the son of Erwin and Melissa Hasenauer of Stapleton, Neb.
Gary earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree to prepare him for his career as an educator. His first teaching opportunity was at Berean Mission Navaho Boarding School near Bloomfield, where he served for five years and met his wife and married there. He moved on to Roosevelt and Jefferson Elementary Schools in Gallup, where he served for 24 years.
His love for teaching continued with a move to Belen, where he taught all grades as a public school substitute teacher for another five to six years. His total involvement as a teacher, head teacher and administrator was 37 years.
Gary had many other talents and interests as a church musician, brilliant historian and world traveler. He was a believer in life-long learning while traveling to all parts of the world to soak up more knowledge and facts. He was a walking history book.
When he passed away, he was serving as the pianist for Rio Communities Lighthouse Church and substitute Bible teacher. Gary’s love for God and his passion to help others in need led him to help many individuals in his lifetime.
He and Ruth were parents, counselors, caregivers, financial advisers, ministers, and a support group. They filled countless other roles in touching the lives of hundreds of people. Gary also served others in traveling on nine Work and Witness mission trips, where he was involved in construction, cooking and teaching Bible.
Gary has moved on to his rewards after a lifetime of serving others.
Gary is survived by his wife, Ruth; his son, Brian and wife, Erika; and four grandchildren, Ashtyn, Ambrielle, Sagen and Sammy. Also surviving are Gary’s brothers, Marvin and wife, Sharon Hasenauer, and Mark and wife, Linda Hasenauer; sisters, Phyllis and husband, Dale Stackhouse, who reside in North Platte, Neb., and Bonnie Bonnici of Chico, Calif.
A viewing and service were held at the Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene on Wednesday, Oct. 30. There will be another service in North Platte, Neb. Final interment will be in Nebraska.
Sign Gary’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Robert Jaramillo
Robert Jaramillo, age 51, a resident of Belen, passed away on Friday, Oct. 25.
Services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 864-4448. A full obituary can be viewed on our online guest register at

Virginia L. Marquez
Virginia L. Marquez, age 48, was born on May 25, 1965, in Albuquerque, and passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Albuquerque.
She was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Virginia held a business associates degree.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Domingo Marquez; grandmother, Manuela H. Marquez; nephew, Ronnie Ultsch; aunt, Rosa Alderete; uncle, Raymond Chavez and aunt Maria Chapa. Virginia is survived by father, Adan Marquez; mother, Lucy Balderrama; her brothers, A.J. Marquez, Joe Frank, Adam Marquez and Eliseo Marquez; her sisters, Kathy Savilla, Priscilla Ration, Anita Marquez and Elida Marquez; and her daughter, Ashley Gonzales; sons, Joseph Marquez and Aaron Cortes; five grandchildren as well as many other family and friends who loved and will miss her.
A memorial service was be held in the Chapel of Direct Funeral Services on Saturday, Oct. 26.

Mariano Sais Perea
Mariano Sais Perea, 55, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Oct. 26.
He was born on El Cerro Loop to Jesus Brito Perea and Antonia Sais Perea on Jan. 7, 1958. Mariano was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Peralta.
He was a former truck driver and was known to take random trips into Albuquerque just to look at Peterbilts and to reminisce. He was also an avid sports enthusiast of football, baseball and basketball. His favorite team was the Kansas City Chiefs and he was so proud to wear their colors.
Anyone who knew Mariano was “touched” by his love and passion for all children as well as every animal he encountered. Family was extremely important to him; and his faith gave him strength through life’s journey.
Everyone who stopped by to visit and say hello never left without seeing his unique smile, and receiving a loving hug with a “God Bless You!” Your family, friends, and the world you lived in will miss you!
Mariano is survived by his brothers, Martin (Ann), Manuel (Theresa), Albert (Rosalind) and Steven; his caregiver/cousin, Diane Chiwiwi, who gave selflessly for many years; and numerous nephews and nieces, as well as a host of family and friends.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Peralta on Thursday, Oct. 31, beginning with a visitation at 9 a.m. A Rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m., and Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at the Valencia Cemetery.
His urn bearer will be Diane Chiwiwi.
In Mariano’s memory, all donations of time, love, hugs, and good deeds may be spread to all those in need.
Please visit the online guest register for Mariano at Arrangements are entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St. NE, 565-1700.