Deaths and funerals (01/16/14)

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Mary Archuleta
1937-2014

Mary Archuleta’s journey in this world is now complete. She was called home Friday morning on Jan. 10.
Mary is survived by her children, Albert Edward Archuleta, Patricia Marie (Archuleta) Guenther, married to Rodney, Albinita Maria (Romero) Nelson, Lori Ann (Romero) Griego, married to Michael, and Christopher James Romero; grandchildren, Travis Lee Nelson, Cassandra Adelaida Brown, Michael Lawrence Griego II, married to Hope, Megan Leann Nelson, Rebecca Endurance Archuleta, Alyssa Nicole Romero and Alex Kenneth Romero; great-grandchildren, Alexis May Nelson and Jayce Grey Griego; special “adopted” grandchildren, Angelina Sepulveda, Samantha Borunda, married to Adrian, and their children, Jeremiah and Kayleigh; god-daughter, Bertha Martinez; daughter-in-law, Gina Romero, and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, friends and loved ones.
A Rosary and remembrance is planned for 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Peralta. This will be followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Raton at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 18.
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.

Leroy Lorenzo Baca
1953-2014

Leroy Lorenzo Baca, age 60, a resident of Los Chavez, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 11.
He was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his father, George C. Baca.
Leroy is survived by his loving mother, Emma Vallejos Baca; brothers, Tomas Baca, George Baca, Ruben Baca and Virginia and Fernando Baca and Diedra; sisters, Dolores Ramirez and husband, Danny, Patsy Sedillo and husband, Frankie, Josephine Baca, Lorraine Delgado and husband, Phillip, and Helen Vallejos and John Rivas.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Monday, Jan. 20, beginning with a visitation at 9 a.m., followed by a Rosary to be recited at 9:30 a.m. and a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Sign Leroy’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Paul E. Gardea Jr.
Died 2014

Paul E. Gardea Jr., age 63, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Jan. 14.
Paul was a resident of Valencia County for 14 years. He was married to his beloved wife for 30 years. Paul was rough around the edges, a good and caring person, who enjoyed spending time with his family.
He was a member of the Valencia Master Gardeners Club and the Valencia Shitzen Dog Training Group. He enjoyed gardening, training his dogs and spending time spoiling his grandchildren. He was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Paulino and Lupe Gardea.
He is survived by his wife, Dora Lee Gardea; daughter, Melanie; and two grandchildren, Jasmine and Isaiah Lucero. He is also survived by his sister, Olga R. Barela and her husband, Robert, of Albuquerque; and numerous nephews and nieces.
A viewing and Rosary was held on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel. His Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 20, at San Clemente Parish in Los Lunas. Interment will follow at San Clemente Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Phillip Barela, Mark Barela, Larry Tafoya and Santiago Samora.
All arrangements are being handled by the caring professional at the Noblin Funeral Service in Los Lunas, NM at 2211 D Main St., where an online guest list is available at www.noblinfuneralservices.com.

James Paul Hopper
1942-2014

On Jan. 11, James “Jim” Paul Hopper, born Sept. 30, 1942, of Moriarty, returned to live with his Heavenly Father after a courageous battle with pneumonia.
Jim was born in Albuquerque and grew up in the North Valley. He graduated from Valley High School and remained in New Mexico his entire life. Jim joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1981 and was subsequently sealed to his lovely wife in the Mesa, Ariz., Temple.
Jim was an avid horseman and cowboy and he learned life’s lessons in those professions. He subsequently worked in the field of water wells and at Yellow Freight. Jim spent many years serving his community as a volunteer firefighter in Valencia County.
His favorite hobby was building and admiring classic street rods. Many a car show saw Jim in attendance. Jim’s many grandchildren were the apples of his eye and brought him much joy and happiness.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Daniel Paul Hopper and Kittie Inez Hopper; and two of his sisters, Joan Nichols and Mary Bertram.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and friend. He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Helen E. Hopper; and his six children, Darro Hopper, Bobbi Olson and her husband, Jim, Dominic P. Lewis Hopper and his wife, Stephanie, Alisha Walz and her husband, Jerry, Philip Hopper, and David Hoppe; and 19 grandchildren, Cody, Brian, Caitlyn, Rowdy, Kaden, Karsen, Rhagen, Preslie, Braden, MacKenzie, Kathleen, Jerry, Jackson, Claire, Gregory, Owan, James, Joshua and Jordan. He is also survived by two sisters, Billie Coffey of Rio Rancho, and Margaret Schear and her husband, Jerry, of Moriarty, plus numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 5709 Haines Ave, NE, Albuquerque.
Pallbearers were Dale Bradshaw, John Mathews, Ted Tietjen, Jerry Clark Sr., David Oakes and Mark Hopper. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Walz, Edd Coffey, Jerry Schear, Steven Schear, Clay Coffey, Boyd Coffey and Kenny Bishop.
Please visit our online guestbook for Jim at www.FrenchFunerals.com. French – Lomas, 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE, 275-3500.

Harriett Kinney
1919-2014

Harriett Kinney, age 94, loving mother and grandmother, peacefully passed away in her home in Los Lunas on Thursday, Jan. 9.
She was born in Pittsburgh, Penn.; the middle of three daughters to Walter and Anna Harrison. She married her love, Harold Kinney, in 1946. They met in New Jersey and gradually made their way out West, via Maryland, Illinois, Nebraska, Wyoming and California.
She raised two children and worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District. In 2005, her daughter moved her to Los Lunas.
Harriett and her husband retired in 1981 and moved to Hemet, Calif., to a retirement community. They loved to travel, taking as many as three cruises a year in addition to car travel for several weeks a year. After his death in 1994, she continued to travel with another widowed companion to far away lands to include the Holy Land.
When her daughter moved her to Los Lunas, she began taking her children and grandchild on wonderful vacations including an Alaskan cruise, Disney World, Australia and the Panama Canal.
As a side note, Harriett loved bells and elephants. She has a collection of them from wherever she visited.
Harriett was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Kinney; and two sisters, Anna McMann and Dorothy Donley.
She is survived by a son, Howard Kinney; daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Richard Lapinsky; and grandson, Michael Kinney.
A viewing was held at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel on Monday, Jan. 13. A funeral service was held at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Interment will be at the Riverside National Cemetery in  Riverside, Calif., where she will be buried with her husband, a WWII Navy veteran.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Ambercare Hospice, 420 N. Main St., Belen, 861-0060, or your choice of charity.
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.

(Joseph) Daniel “Dan” Large
Died 2014

(Joseph) Daniel “Dan” Large, died on Thursday, Jan. 2, at approximately 16:35 hours.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, at the First Baptist Church of Los Chavez, 09 Los Chavez Park Road, with Pastor Boyd officiating the services.
There will be no viewing due to cremation of his body in El Paso, Texas, where he was when he died.
Full military honors will be presented at his final resting place at the National Veterans Cemetery in Santa Fe at 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Alan Edward Maire
1936-2014

Alan Edward Maire, age 77, a resident of Tomé, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 9.
Al was a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corp, hurrah!  For a number of years, he was active with the Belen Model Railroad Club and also enjoyed working with his model train setup at home.
In his earlier years, he worked at Merico, Robert Shaw Controls, in advertising in Connecticut, and with Nobel/Sysco in New Mexico.
Alan was a very accomplished artist in woodcarving, specializing in Native American and Western figurines, showing works in Santa Fe and Taos. His pieces are in homes around the United States and Switzerland.
Alan was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Benson Maire and Helen Godskenson Maire, of Goshen, Ind.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Iris Ann Jones Maire; three children, a son, Edward Maire and wife, Barbara, of Claremore, Okla., daughter, Michelle Brown and husband, Mark, of Las Cruces, and daughter, Danielle Maire and friend, Jolene, of San Angelo, Texas; also the children’s mother, Dellaura Riggles, of Indiana. Al has four step-children, who loved him very much. They are Terri Ackerman and husband, Dale, of Loch Buie, Colo., Kymberly Dunning and fiancé, Jeff, of Annapolis, Md., Marcus Dunning and wife, Holly, of Albuquerque, and Michael Dunning of West Jordan, Utah.
Al is also survived by his brothers, John Mark Maire and wife, Diane, of Battle Creek, Mich., and Gregory Maire and spouse of Evanston, Ill.; two nieces, Elizabeth Karper and Renee Breitbach; and one nephew, Mark Maire; 16 grandchildren, Ted Duke, Jake Maire, Jesse Maire, Sarah Brown Morris, Corrie Brown Wescott, Ambyr Carolus, Austin Carter, Tyler Carter, Chase Ryan, Samantha Ryan, Jessyka Dunning, Marcus Anthony Dunning, Tre Dunning, Cameron Dunning, Baylee Dunning and Sidney Dunning; 11 great-grandchildren, Charlie and Lola Duke, Corbin Maire, Dylan, Devon, Wyatt, and Allie Morris, Shaylee Wescott, Amariana Carolus, Avery Carter and Kaiden Dunning. Al was looking forward to another little one in March.
A special thank you to the fine staff in the emergency room and the second floor of the Heart Hospital for the tender care that was given to Alan the short time he was there.
Cremation has taken place. The family will gather at a later date for a Marine military service at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 864-4448.

Chauncey W. “Matt” Matthews
1934-2014

Chauncey W. “Matt” Matthews, age 79, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Monday, Jan. 13.
He was a wonderful man who loved his family, grandchildren, and friends.
He was born Aug. 30, 1934, in Jacksonville, Fla., to Chauncey and Helen Matthews.
He attended military school and later joined the Air Force, where he served his country as a drill sergeant. He attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical Institute, where he graduated with an associates degree. He moved to New Mexico in 1963 to work at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque as an engineer, where he specialized in solar energy projects.
He married Nancee Jane O’Kelley in 1965 and moved to Bosque Farms in 1966.
After retiring from Sandia in 1995, he enjoyed spending his time fishing, working on computers, playing with his grandchildren, and was an active member the Belen Area Radio Controllers club, where he enjoyed flying model airplanes. He especially enjoyed the camaraderie with the guys who met to fly every Wednesday morning.
He also enjoyed listening to classical music and was a life-long Dallas Cowboy fan.
Matt is survived by his loving wife, Nancee; his sons, Chauncey Matthews and wife, Kaua, of Belen, and Michael Matthews and wife, Carey, of Las Cruces. Matt had three grandsons, Connor, Casey and Kenny.
A memorial service honoring Matt will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 18, at Grace Fellowship Church in Los Lunas, with a reception will follow.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

William E. “Gene” McWhirter
1944-2014

William E. “Gene” McWhirter, age 69, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Friday, Jan. 10.
Gene was a member of Teamsters Local 492 for more than 35 years. He was a loving father, grandfather, friend and neighbor.
He was born and raised in Amarillo, Texas, in 1944, moved to New Mexico in 1972 and has resided here since. Gene’s generous and loving nature as well as sense of humor will be greatly missed by all.
Gene was preceded in death by his father, William F. McWhirter; and mother, Idres C. McWhirter.
He is survived by two sons, one daughter, three grandsons and two granddaughters.
A celebration of Gene’s life will be held at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel from 2 to 4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in William’s name to your favorite diabetes or heart foundation charity.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., 866-9992. Visit  www.noblinfuneralservice.com, where an online guest register is available.

Cruz Ortiz
Died 2014

Cruz Ortiz, a resident of Los Lunas, died Monday, Jan. 13.
He is survived by his best friend and granddaughter, Megan Daugherty; children, Maxine (Keith) Ray, Ramona (Scott)  Daugherty, Christina (Hector) Reyna; father, Tranquilino Ortiz; grandchildren, Kevin, Vanessa, Natasha, Raymond, Marvin, Michael, Brock, Hector II, Kristi, Anna and Bradley; and numerous great-grandchildren; and siblings, Susie, Alex, Victor, Olivia and Dennis.
Cruz was preceded in death by his mother, Ramona Ortiz; step-father, Tony Ortiz; daughter, Maria; and great-grandson, Gage.
A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17, at French Mortuary on Lomas Blvd.
Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to Megan Daugherty, P. O. Box 1335, Thoreau, NM, 87323.
Please visit our online guest book for Cruz at www.FrenchFunerals.com.

Jimmy S. Perea
1948-2014

Jimmy S. Perea, 65, a life- long resident of Valencia, passed away on Jan. 6. He was born on Dec. 28, 1948.
He was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Los Lunas. His greatest past-time was his love of John Wayne, and his knowledge of the oldies of the ’60s. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.
Jimmy was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Eloisa; and his daughter, Raquel.
He is survived by two daughters, Victoria (Huvaldo) of Santa Clara, Mexico, and Naomi (Miguel), of Los Lunas; one son, Jimmy “Sandy” Jr., of Los Lunas; two sisters, Prescilla Freeman, of Tomé, and Ercilia Baca, of Albuquerque; four brothers, Moises (Naomi), Carlos (Carmen), Elias (Lourdes) and Eliseo “Shay,” all of Los Lunas; 10 grandchildren, Amilia, Michael, Jonathan, Analicia, Joseph, Darla, Jesse, Wilfred, Victor and Issac; and four great-grandchildren, Julian, Divina, Nathan and Jonathan “Jo-Jo.” He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Mary Moya, of Peralta, as well as many nephews and nieces, primos and friends.
The family would also like to acknowledge his friend and caregiver, Nora, for all of her hard work. The family would also like to thank the nurses and staff at the AMG Specialty Hospital for all of their compassion and care.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 12 Thomas Road in Los Lunas. Cremation has taken place and a private burial will be done at a later time.
Please visit the online guest register for Jimmy at www.riversidefunerals.com.  Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St. NE, 565-1700.

Ronald B. Raff
Died 2014

Ronald B. Raff, age 60, born in Albuquerque, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Jan. 10.
Mr. Raff is survived by his two brothers, Edward Raff and wife, Cara, and Ronin Raff; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Mr. Raff was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Stella Raff; brother, Theodore L. Raff.
Ronald was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Vietnam era. Mr. Raff retired from the Los Lunas Police Department and was a lifetime member of the NRA.
A visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10 a.m., Saturday,  Jan. 18, at San Clemente Catholic Church in Los Lunas, with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated  at 10 a.m.
Interment of cremains will take place at a later date.
Please visit www.gabaldonmortuaryinc.com to sign the online guestbook. Arrangements by Gabaldon Mortuary Inc., 1000 Old Coors Drive S.W., 243-7861.

Peter Woznick
1957-2014

Peter Woznick, age 56, a resident of Belen, passed away on Monday, Jan. 13.
He was preceded in death by his dad, Peter Woznick Jr.; mom, Harriett Panhurst; stepmom, Edith Woznick; and brothers-in-law, Daniel McConnell and Kevin Delano.
Peter is survived by his loving partner, Gloria Armijo; siblings, William Woznick (Cindy), Louise McConnell, Scott Woznick (Theresa), Patricia Smith (Stephen) and Kevin Woznick; and children, Rosann and Delano, Julie Thornton (Jason), Julian Ray Armijo (Megan) and  Maria Eloyda Armijo; grandchildren, Eloy, Ziriah, Desiree, Michael, John Ryan, Bianca, Shavanah and Gabriella; special nephew, Peter Woznick (Lori); nieces and nephews, David, Jennifer, Crystal, Paul, Kimberly, Desiree, Elizapeth, Amber, Christopher, Felicia, Corrad, Andrew, Micheal and Gerald and Ashley; several great nieces and nephews; special friend, Bobby Stillwell; and his puppy, Sabashton.
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.