Deaths and funerals (11/14/13)



Juanita Burks
Juanita Faye Burks passed away on Oct. 30 in Albuquerque.
She was a longtime resident of Peralta. Juanita was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and a friend to many!
She is survived by Lyndol Burks; children, Lyndol M. Burks and Jimmy R. Burks; and Lyndol M. Burks Jr.
Juanita touched the lives of many people with her kind heart, compassion and generosity. Her warm smile, beautiful blue eyes and sense of humor will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held at Duncan Memorial, 12 La Ladera Road in Los Lunas, at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16.

Steven Joseph Chavez
Steven Joseph Chavez, age 41, a resident of Los Chavez, passed away Friday, Nov. 8.
He was a skilled mechanic and enjoyed fixing and riding motorcycles. He also loved spending time with his son, Estevan, and liked watching him wrestle and play football. Steven was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and looked forward to watching his team play.
Steven was preceded in death by his father, Fermin R. Chavez Sr.; his maternal grandparents, Benito and Priscilla Benavidez; and his paternal grandparents, Tomas and Andrieta Chavez.
He is survived by his son, Estevan Tomas Chavez, and his mother, Bernice Montoya; mother, Rosemary Chavez; sisters, Angela and Annamae Chavez; brothers, Fermin Jr., and wife, Dolores, Walter and wife, Julie, Andrew and wife, Kelly; many loving nieces and nephews and the Montoya family.
All services were held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Immaculate Conception Church in Tomé. Interment followed in the Casa Colorada Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Charles Bussey Jr., Marcos Chavez, Anthony Baca, Ernest Cordova, Danny Sedillo and Jovon Montoya.  Honorary pallbearers were Estevan, Fermin Jr., Walter, Andrew, Jesse and Azriel Chavez and Richard Chavez.
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

Rosa M. Fishgrab
Rosa M. Fishgrab, age 95, a resident of Bosque Farms, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 12.
She retired from the Los Lunas Schools as a cook after many years of outstanding service. Education was very important to Rosa.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert R. Fishgrab; son, Dale Wayne Fishgrab; mother, Katy Maltbie; father, Herman Huls; sister, Ivy Baker; and brothers, Herman Huls Jr. and Harvey Huls.
Rosa is survived by her son, Merle Fishgrab; daughters, Erma Ward, Carol Hibdon and Joyce Faulkner; 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at Terrace Grove Cemetery at 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16.
Sign Rosa’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Clara Gertrude S. Germain
Clara Gertrude S. Germain, age 95, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 7.
She was born in Watertown, N.Y., on Nov. 18, 1917. She was a member of Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary Mission in Datil.
She was preceded in death by her mother, father and only sister; as well as her husband of 49 years, Gabriel Germain, while living in Peralta, where she continued to live until she moved to Datil, N.M., in September of 1996. While living in Datil, she volunteered as a senior companion, making many new friends, both people and animals.
She is survived by two sons, Tom Germain of Watertown, N.Y., Charles and wife, Patricia of Datil; seven grandchildren, Michele V. Germain, of USS Nimitz, Tom of Lakeland, Fla., Patrick and wife, Kathie, of Peralta, John and wife, Debi, of Mesa, Ariz., Martin of Mesa, Michael and wife, Gerda, of Chester, Va., and Peter and wife, Nichole, of Gloucester, Va; 11 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place and services will be at a later date.
Donations may be made to Ride 2 Recovery for our wounded veterans.
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

Mary Jane Martin
Mary Jane Martin, beloved mother, grandmother, wife, sister and friend passed away peacefully at home in the presence of her loving family on Nov. 3.
She was born on April 19, 1943, in Los Lunas. She spent most of her childhood in El Cerro, and graduated from Los Lunas High School in 1961.
Mary Jane was loved and admired for her generous, effusive and energetic nature. She was always creating lovely scrapbooks for her grandchildren and meticulously remembering to send birthday and holiday cards to everyone who was near and dear to her.
Mary Jane cared deeply, sincerely and enthusiastically for all of those who were lucky enough to be touched by her wonderful presence and her amazing smile. She also loved to travel widely from Europe to South America. She had a wonderful sense of adventure.
Overall, it was her profound and abiding faith in God that inspired so much of what made her so unique and lovable.
She is survived by her husband, Carlos; her four daughters, Felicia, Sarah, Jacqueline and Tara; her five grandchildren, Dylan, Haley, Jared, Cecilia and Chloe; and son-in-law, Mark. She is also survived by her sisters, Nora and Meg; and her two brothers-in-law, Jimmy and Terry.
A visitation was held Wednesday, Nov. 6, and a funeral service was held Thursday, Nov. 7, with interment at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.
To view information or leave a condolence, please visit Daniels Family Funeral Services, 3113 Carlisle Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, N.M., 884-1188.

David A. Maya
David A. Maya, age 23, a resident of Los Lunas, born Aug. 2, 1990, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 9.
David was a huge 49’ers fan and loved fishing, especially with his dad. David, we will miss you and we love you greatly!
He was preceded in death by his nani, Libby Jaramillo; and tati, Martin Jaramillo.
David is survived by his mother, Carol Brenda Jaramillo; father, David T. Maya and wife, Dorothy; brothers, Derick Jaramillo and wife, Rosa, Jeremy Jaramillo and Isaac and Isaiah Maya; sister, Stephanie Chavez; grandparents, Mela Jaramillo, Grandpa George Maya and Grandma Aileene Facio; special aunt, Lisa Jaramillo; many close cousins, Marty Jaramillo, Gilbert Jaramillo, Miguel Rodriguez, Sarah Jaramillo and many more; and his girlfriend, Yvette Bezie.
Pallbearers will be Marty Jaramillo, Gilbert Jaramillo, Isaiah Jaramillo, Mike Maya, Isaac Maya and Isaiah Maya. Honorary pallbearers will be Fred Peralta and Miguel Rodriguez
Services will be held at Belen First Assembly of God on Saturday, Nov. 16, beginning with a viewing at 9 a.m., followed by a funeral at 10 a.m.
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

Carlos Mark Perea
Carlos Mark Perea, age 48, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 7.
He was born in Belen on July 8, 1965. His life would not have been as long or his heart as full without the love of his life, his wife of 11 years, Margie.
Mark is also survived by his parents, Carlos and Carmen; his children, Alexis and husband, Joseph, Marissa, Waid, his twin boys, Damian and Derek; and his daughter-in-law, Debbie, Johnna and husband, Estevan, Ashlee and Johnny; and his grandmother, Eloisa. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Noah, Josiah, Michael, Myah, Antonio, Samuel and Carmella; his two sisters, Stella and husband, Ray, and Sylvia and husband, Clarence; his nephew, Bronson; niece Holly; and great niece, Ezraleah, and many uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.
A memorial service will be held at the Iglesia Adventista del Septimo Dia, 28 El Cerro Road, Los Lunas, at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 17.
Please visit Carlos’ online guest register at  Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St. NE, 565-1700.

Virginia G. Romero
Virginia G. Romero, age 72, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 10.
Virginia was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved to sew and crochet. Virginia was also a crossing guard for Albuquerque Public Schools.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Horacio and Nora Jaramillo Gabaldon and J.J. and Estella Gutierrez; her sister, Marcela and husband, Milo Carrillo.
Virginia is survived by her loving sons, John and wife, Cindy, Eugene and wife, Linda, and Toby and wife, KJ. Virginia was blessed with seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She is also survived by her brother, Delbert Gabaldon and wife, Barbara; and many loving nieces, nephews and two sisters.
A viewing will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17, with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. A final visitation will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m., Monday Nov. 18, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady Of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Sign Virginia’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Libby M. Sanchez
Libby M. Sanchez, age 88, a lifelong resident of Belen, left this world to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Nov. 9.
After graduating from Belen High School and marrying her high school sweetheart, she lived with her parents while her husband went to serve in the armed forces during World War II. She, and her first-born son, Ernest Jr., waited for three years before finally being reunited with her husband.
In modest surroundings, they began a lifelong commitment of raising a large family, which was her dream being an only child. During the first part of her life as a mother and wife, she was involved in the Homemaker’s Extension Club of Valencia County. The Homemaker’s Club was a vehicle of creativity that influenced the way she cooked and decorated her home. She served as treasurer for the club, later earning an associate degree in home economics from New Mexico State University.
Many in the community still remember her by the ceramic classes she taught, and enjoy having something she made for them. She also hosted several University of New Mexico Peace Corp volunteers in her home. This brought many memorable experiences for her children and for the Peace Corp volunteers. It was a home away from home.
She also became interested in promoting women’s skin care becoming a Mary Kay beauty consultant. This was not only a tool by which she enriched other women’s lives, but also a way she connected with the many new daughters-in-law that were suddenly expanding her already-large family.
She never placed any limitations on herself and when it came to traveling with a large family. Se just looked at it as just one more fun thing to do with her children and husband. Libby took advantage of every cubic inch of the family station wagon, packing it with both food and children. Many family vacations were taken which in time covered most of the 50 states. She and her husband continued to travel after the children were gone and they enjoyed parts of Europe, the Caribbean, Central and South America.
After 66 years of marriage, her husband passed away and Libby found herself lonely and without purpose. She began to write short stories as a way to remember the full life she had experienced. She began to share her stories while taking a writing class in California. She was encouraged by her instructor to write a book. Her book, “It’s Possible It Happened to Me,” chronicles the joys and hardships of raising a large family, and how life is all about attitude and faith.
Shortly after the book was printed she suffered a stroke, losing a substantial amount of her vision, which was already diminished by macular degeneration. She left for California to live with her daughter, Carla, where she attended the Southern California School for the Blind and learned how to overcome being visually impaired. While attending, she learned how to be more independent and learned how to make neck pillows. She graduated and received her diploma and returned home to live on her own.
With the help of her family, she lived on her own and made neck pillow to bless others. Generosity was one of her many gifts. The neck pillows she made and gave away brought comfort and happiness to those around her.
Libby was a long-standing member of Calvary Chapel Rio Grande and was active in several ministries within the church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest G. Sanchez; her infant daughter, Ramona Elizabeth Sanchez (Mona Lisa); her parents, Alberto and Trinidad Moya; and her grandson, Armand Sanchez.
Libby is survived by her nine children and their spouses, Ernest Sanchez and his wife, Marylou, Sylvia Williams and her husband, Mason, Audrey Garcia and her husband, Gene, Andy Sanchez and his wife, Cheryl, Leroy Sanchez and his wife, Cecilia, Michael Sanchez and his wife, Margaret, Clyde Sanchez and his wife, Dorothy Jo, Carla Madrid and her husband, Dennis, Albert Sanchez and his wife, Linda; and 48 grandchildren and 76 great-grandchildren.
All services will be held at Calvary Chapel Rio Grande Valley in Belen beginning with a viewing at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, with a funeral service to be held at 10 a.m. Interment will be held at 12:30 p.m., at Fairview Memorial Park in Albuquerque.
Sign Libby’s online register book at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Josephine (Jo) Price Seery
Josephine (Jo) Price Seery passed away on Nov. 11 after a long ordeal with cancer.
She is survived by her husband, Al Seery; her son, Jerry Jennings and his wife, Kay; grandchildren, Samuel Jennings and wife, Chloe, and Victoria Jennings; her daughter, Katherine Rieland and her husband, John; granddaughter, Sophie Rieland; step-daughter, Melissa Coash and her husband, Pat; and step-grandchildren, Claire Coash and Elise Coash.
Jo married Jerry Jennings in Florida in 1963. They moved to Albuquerque in 1967.  They had three children, Jerry, Elizabeth (deceased) and Kathryn. She and Jerry divorced in 1987.
Josephine lived in Bosque Farms for 37 years. She retired from the Second Judicial District Court in Albuquerque, where she was employed in the data processing department as the information systems analyst manager. Prior to the court position, she also worked eight years at TVI as a computer science instructor.
Jo married Al Seery in 1990. They shared a common interest in old cars, and together went to many car events and made many new friends. Josephine belonged to several car clubs and enjoyed the fellowship of the members.
She was always ready for a new adventure or a party and was happiest when surrounded by her family and friends. For 24 years, she and Al hosted an open house on Christmas Day, when she entertained as many as 50 guests.
Jo loved her grandchildren and spoiled them thoroughly. The latest grandchild, Sophie, was a welcome addition and Jo was very happy to have a new baby to cherish.
She was a unique individual and will be missed. Her smile and distinctive voice were recognized everywhere.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Peralta on Saturday, Nov. 16. Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m., with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Barrett House at
Please visit Jo’s online guest register at Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St., NE, 565-1700.

Mauricia M. Vallejos
Mauricia M. Vallejos, age 91, peacefully passed away on Friday, Nov. 8, at her home in Belen, with many loving family members at her side.
A viewing and Rosary were held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, Nov. 12, and a Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Wednesday, Nov. 13.
Interment will be held at a later date.
Sign Mauricia’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.