Deaths and funerals (11/21/13)

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Velma E. Baca
1951-2013
Velma E. Baca, age 62, a resident of Belen, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 14.
She was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.
Velma was preceded in death by her brother, Raymond J. Baca.
She is survived by her dad, Emilio R. Baca; mother, Bessie Baca; brothers, Tony Baca, Patrick Baca and Leroy Baca; sister, Evelyn Molina; children, Joseph Dale, Cindy and Tony Mendosa, Jason York, Cory and Kristi McCullough; 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Velma was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
Services were held at Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel on Monday, Nov. 18. Cremation followed the service.
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.

Pedro Candelaria
1932-2013
Pedro Candelaria, age 81, born and raised in El Cerro, and a resident of Belen, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 16.
He was an active member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Los Lunas. Pedro will be remembered for his love of baseball and softball. He was proud of all of the teams he coached and of his own accomplishments as a player.
Although disabled by a bullet wound during the Korean Conflict, he managed to compete with some of the best in the game. He was a disabled veteran, mechanic, postal clerk worker, who enjoyed fishing and building unique three-wheelers.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Margaret Candelaria; sisters, Lourdes Saiz and Mela Tapia.
Pedro is survived by his loving sons, Edward and wife, Velma, Leroy and wife, Elena, and Pete and wife, Michelle; daughters, Grace and husband, Junior, Becky Candelaria, Naomi Candelaria and Melissa Candelaria, all of Valencia County; sister, Maggie Saiz of Victorville, Calif.; 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his “primo,” Trinidad Chavez; and close friend, Tommy Aragon.
A viewing and funeral service was held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, Nov. 19. Interment was held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
The family would like to give a special thank you to his special angel, Jessica from Ambercare Home Healthcare. “You were there when the family couldn’t.”
Sign Pedro’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Malyn Derr
1935-2013
Malyn Derr, age 77, a resident of Belen, passed away on Monday, Nov. 18.
“Lyn,” as many called her, loved gardening, crossword puzzles, making jewelry and collecting antique glassware. She and her husband traveled extensively in New Mexico and in the Southwest, exploring ghost towns and using their metal detectors looking for treasures.
Lyn and her husband owned an antique store in San Antonio, N.M., for several years and also made custom jewelry. Upon Roy’s decline in health, they moved back to Belen, where she settled into their home. She loved to piddle in her storage shops in her yard and she preferred being outdoors.
She was very witty and kept the gatherings fun. She had a childhood friend that she met in school in Belen in the 1940s and remained friends. She shared interesting stories of stealing cherries from the Standard family farm with her best friend, Eileen Logdston Walton.
Lyn was a beloved mother, aunt and grandmother, and will be missed greatly by the family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Adrian L. Anderson Jr. and Thelma Patterson Anderson; husband, Roy Derr; brothers, Adrian L. (Buddy) Anderson, James Anderson and wife, Calene; and sister,  Vonne Oyler and husband, Lee; and her beloved dog, “Shorty.”
She is survived by three children, Lee Derr and wife, Lovina, Jeff Derr and partner, Debbie Berry, and Sheila Derr; granddaughter, Ashley Vargas and husband, Spencer; and many other step-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Dorothy Anderson; and six nieces and nephews, Stephanie Lamb and husband, Lester, Sandy Edwards and partner, Bud, Pam Montoya and husband, Charles, Karen Siegman and husband, Corkey, Starla Thompson and husband, Kelly, and Darla Johnson and husband, Roy.
She had researched the family tree and shared interesting family history, which included an extended family, including Lyn’s mother’s only brother, Thad Patterson.
At Lyn’s request, she did not want a service, so instead, a celebration of the her life, her brothers’ lives and her sister’s life, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2014, at 1611 W. Delgado in Belen, and continuing with the nature and spirit of Lyn, please come in pajamas.
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.

Donicio Gabaldon Sr.
1945-2013
Donicio Gabaldon Sr., age 68, a resident of Belen, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 14.
He was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. Donicio worked for the Santa Fe Railroad, Uranium Mines in Grants. He retired from the Department of Corrections in Los Lunas after many years of outstanding service.
He was preceded in death by his sons, Gary Gabaldon and Louie Gabaldon.
Donicio is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Carol Gabaldon; son, Donicio Jr. and wife, Deanette; daughters, Rosemary Donohue, Liza Hollier, Gaylean Mendoza and husband, Jose; grandchildren, Rosemarie, Rudy, Charlene Kathleen, James, Anthony, Joseph, Sierra and Keanu; great-grandchildren, Katrina, Jacob, Sabrina, Liza, Joe Ray and Adrian.
No services are scheduled at this time.
Sign Donicio’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Teofila E. Griego
Died 2013
Teofila E. Griego, a lifelong resident of Peralta, peacefully passed away on Thursday, Nov. 14.
She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, the Altar Society and she also a volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Domicindo Griego; parents, Diego and Josephina Padilla Sanchez; brothers, Ambrosio, Leo, Charlie and Gilbert Sanchez; and sister, Genoveva Chavez.
Teofila is survived by her children, Joe Griego and wife, Evangeline, of Capitan, N.M., Alice Brod and husband, Charles, of Glendora, Calif., Kathy Chavez and husband, Eddie, of Peralta, and Lorraine Robinson and husband, Craig, of Duncan, Okla.; 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; brothers, Lorenzo Sanchez and Orlando Sanchez and wife, Dellie; sister, Eleonor Armijo; and sisters in-law, Lupe Sanchez and Frances Sanchez.
A viewing and Rosary were held Sunday, Nov. 17, at Romero Funeral Home Chapel. A Funeral Mass was held Monday, Nov. 18, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment followed at Valencia Catholic Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Lakeview Manor Staff; David aka Clayton, Richard aka Ernie, Helen aka Carmen and Stacey aka Lucy, who gave her the most loving care anyone could ask for, and also Ambercare, who were all so caring.
Sign Teofila’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Roy Hudson
Died 2013
Roy Hudson, co-founder of Water King in Belen, peacefully passed away at his home on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
Visit www.romerofuneralhomenm.com for full obituary. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Cynthia Jane Johnson
1940-2013
Cynthia Jane Johnson, 73, passed away peacefully on Nov. 9 surrounded by her family following a long battle with leukemia.
Cynthia was born on Sept. 25, 1940, in Albuquerque, and lived most of her life in the beautiful Rio Grande Valley. She attended grade school in Los Lunas and graduated from Belen High School in 1958.
Among her accomplishments, she served as worthy advisor for the International Order of Rainbow for Girls’. Cynthia’s career included telecommunications with Mountain Bell and Eastern New Mexico University before moving to Truth or Consequences, where she retired as a successful realtor.
She loved cooking, reading, music, gardening and her dog, Doanie. Most of all, she loved family.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Lelia Crowder; and her sister, Roberta Massagee.
She is survived by her sisters, Marilyn Proctor, of Truth or Consequences, and Joyce Rucker, of Pearce, Ariz; her daughter, Leslie Strommen and husband, Scott, of Rio Rancho; her son, Joel Johnson and wife, Kim, of Veguita; and her daughter, Marva Jeffers and husband, Brad, of Tucson, Ariz.
She will always be remembered as Grandma Darling to her grandchildren, Derek and wife, Becky, Jared, Kacey, Tracey and husband, Nick, Logan, Brennen, Katie and her great-grandchildren, Payton and Sophia.
After retirement, Cynthia returned to Belen, where she was blessed to spend time with her niece, Donna Bernard, and her very dear lifelong friends.
A memorial service will be held at Noblin Funeral Home, 418 W. Reinken Ave. in Belen at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 30. Friends and family are invited to attend.

Nepie Padilla
1946-2013
Nepie Padilla, 67, a resident of Belen, died Nov. 3.
Your brother, sisters, children, family and friends will miss you.

Esequiel J. Vasco
1934-2013
Esequiel J. Vasco, age 79, a resident of Los Lunas, and formerly of Pueblo, Colo., passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 13.
He was a member of San Clemente Catholic Church. After retiring early as a union plumber, Esequiel decided to move to New Mexico, where all four of his daughters reside and quickly made it his home for 21 years.
He absolutely loved being a grandfather and took pride in his daughters. He even became the grandchildren’s favorite babysitter.
One thing that he will always be remembered for is being a die-hard Denver Broncos fan and his passion for music. The songs he would play on his accordion will last forever playing in our hearts and the positive love and lessons that he has taught will never be forgotten.
Rest in peace to such a beautiful soul, Our Daddy, “Pops,” Grandpa, Brother, Uncle and Loyal Husband.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Sinforosa Saiz Vasco; brothers, Claude Jr. and Joe Vasco; sister, Mary Vasco; and son, Leonard Carrillo.
Esequiel is survived by his loving wife, Josephine Vasco; daughters, Debbie and husband, Steve Chappell, Lena and husband, Juan Reyes, Brenda Archuleta and fiancé, Daniel Montoya, and Marie Vasco; son, Joseph Vasco; 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
All services were held Monday, Nov. 18, at the San Clemente Catholic Church. Interment will be held in Pueblo, Colo., at Roselawn Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Juan Reyes, Antonio Lopez, Marcus Montes, Frank Garcia, Juan Reyes and Daniel Montoya.
Sign Esequiel’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Patti Louise McDonald Ziegler
1955-2013
Patti Louise McDonald Ziegler, age 58, beloved wife of Ken Ziegler, passed away on Friday, Nov. 15.
She was a member of New Life Fellowship on Christopher Road in Belen, where she was a member of the Praise Team, and attended several Bible studies.
While having health issues later in life, Patti loved taking photographs, loved singing in her choir and being with friends and family. She will be sadly missed.
Patti was preceded in death by her sister-in-law, Cathy McDonald; mother, Barbara Ragsdale Underhill; sister, Kelli Allen; and father, Jack McDonald.
She is survived by her daughter, Connie Louise Coonrod-McAffery, of Anchorage; son, Christopher E. Coonrod, of Anchorage; brothers, Jon and spouse, Phyllis, and Shannon McDonald; aunt, Mary; uncle, Vernon, of Belen; aunt, Sue Ragsdale, of Wasilla, Alaska; many stepdaughters and stepsons, many grandchildren and many cousins and friends.
A memorial service will be held at New Life Fellowship Church at 2 p.m., on Monday, Nov. 25.
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.