Deaths and funerals (01/23/14)


Norma Jean Trout Cosper

Norma Jean Trout Cosper, age 84, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 15.
Norma was born in Clarendon, Texas. Her family moved to Louisiana for a short time, which she thought was hell, and then to San Diego, Calif., which she thought was heaven. Her family then moved to Albuquerque, where she met her husband, Pete, and lived for 48 years.
They lived in Stanley, N.M., for 27 years and then moved to Los Lunas. They celebrated 65 years of marriage. She loved Western dancing, reading, keeping her home, everything outdoors, children and animals.
Norma attended the Church of Christ and Stanley Union Church. Her family and friends loved her and will greatly miss her.
Norma was preceded in death by her parents, Mace H. and Ollie Trout; sister, Cleta; and brothers, MH and Ernest Trout.
She is survived by her brother, Russell Trout; husband James “Pete” Cosper; daughters, Cheryl  Feder, Bonnie Griffin and husband, Joe, Hollie Wells and husband, Kevin; son, John Cosper; grandchildren, Ron and Inez Feder, Carrie and Daniel Serritella, Lorrie and Chris Chavez, Jessie and Jeff Argo, Mace Wells, Tawnya and Chris Shannon, and Keylee Cosper; great-grandchildren, Hanna, Alley and Ronnie Feder, Dylan, Alexander and Julian Serritella, Ryan, Brandon and Jaxon Argo; and many aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel on Saturday, Jan. 25, beginning with a visitation at noon, followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. A reception will follow at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, please bring a small stuffed animal to be distributed to children at UNM Children’s Hospital.
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

Martha Ann Foust

Martha Ann Foust, age 66, a resident of Bosque Farms, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 18.
No services are scheduled at this time. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Michael David Hice

Michael David Hice, age 63, a resident of Los Chavez, went home on Thursday, Jan. 16.
Michael was a graduate of Valley High in 1968. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1969-1973 with service in Vietnam. He was a long-time employee of Harrison Construction as a tile setter.
Michael was preceded in death by his father, J.C. Hice; sister, Karen Sue Hice; brother, Daniel Eugene Hice; ex-wife, Karen Jean Hice; and longtime partner, Nancy Lopez.
Michael is survived by his son, David Michael Hice and Kimberly Tanika Poland; daughter, Brittany Danielle Hice; grandson, Jeremiah George; granddaughter, Katilyn George; mother, Lorene C. Legg; stepfather, Melvin H. Legg; brother, Ronald A. Hice;  special niece, Kimberly Wageley; step-brother, Richard Legg (Cathi); step-sister, Sandra Dow (Bill); stepsister, Jeanne Legg.
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

Florinda Hidalgo-Aragon

Florinda Hidalgo-Aragon passed away in Santa Fe early Sunday morning, Jan. 5, at the age of 93.
She was passionate about tennis, and was already playing in Heaven by noon.
Florinda, born Aug. 24, 1920, was one of 11 children born on the Hidalgo family ranch in Jarales to Santiago and Ramona (Baldonado) Hidalgo.
Preceding her in death were two children, Andrew and Ramona; and two grandchildren; Robert Aragon and Dean Marsh.
She is survived by her brother, Lalo Hidalgo; daughter, Florinda  “Tootsie” Marsh; and son, Patrick Aragon. She leaves behind eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Cremation has taken place. The funeral vigil and Mass will be at 9 a.m.,  Friday, Feb. 7, at San Francisco Xavier Mission Church in Jarales, ending with a family gathering around noon at Knights of Columbus in Belen.
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William E. Horner

William E. Horner, age 80, a resident of Bosque Farms, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 19.
William was born on Oct. 12, 1933, in Chandler, Okla., to Oval Glendola and Wilber Jonathan Horner. Bill was raised on a farm in Oklahoma, and moved to Montrose, Colo., as a young man.
He was a Golden Gloves boxer before joining the U.S. Navy. Bill enjoyed separate careers in the aerospace industry during the Gemini program and in real estate development. He and his wife, Janet, traveled the world and the United States for many years before her passing.
Bill was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 52 years, Janet J. (Schottel) Horner; and his brother, J.L. Horner, of Hot Springs, Ark.
He is survived by his three children, Brenda Sue Zwicke (Zachary), Randal E. Horner and Pamela Jean Horner; eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was loved dearly and will be missed.
Services will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, at Peralta Memorial United Methodist Church, 25 Wesley Road, in Peralta.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., 866-9992, where an online guest register is available at

Clara R. Mulligan

Clara R. Mulligan, age 90, a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, returned home to her Heavenly Father on Saturday, Jan. 18.
Clara was born in New York, N.Y., on April 30, 1923, where she grew up. When Clara married her husband, Frank, in 1955, they relocated to Monroe, N.Y., to raise their family.
The family retired to New Mexico in 1978. Clara was a resident of Rio Communities for 20 years. She was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, the Moose Lodge, as well as the Del Rio Senior Center. She enjoyed playing bingo with her friends and spending time with her family.
Clara was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing her.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank; and son, James.
Clara is survived by her two daughters, Christine and Patricia; her grandchildren, Tara, Corrina, Jamie, Jason and Mariah; her great-grandchildren, Aaron, Addyson and Zowy.
A viewing will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel at 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23, with a Rosary to be recited at 5:30 p.m. A final visitation will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 24, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Gates of Heaven Cemetery in Albuquerque.
Sign Clara’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

James William Organ
Died 2014

James William Organ, age 73, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 16.
James was a member of the VFW and was a USAF retired Vietnam veteran. He loved to read, had a garden every year, loved to travel, enjoyed fishing and walking his dog every day. He was an ombudsman for eight years and Valencia AARP treasurer for 10 years.
James was preceded in death by his father, Carl Emmitt Organ; mother, Mary Adeline Kirkwood; brothers, Robert Organ and Jerry Organ; sisters, Kathren Hanneman and Patricia Crega.
He is survived by his wife, Ophelia (Phyllis) Organ; children, Neda Riddle, Phyllis Riddle, Jessica Riddle, Debra Phillips, Richard Organ, Jim Organ and Carl Organ; sisters-in-law, Shirley Organ and Barbara Organ; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; brothers-in-law, Ruben and (Susan) Sisneros and Leroy Sisneros; sisters-in-law, Emma Jiron, Angela and (James) Sparrow, Virginia and (Steven) Osterlund, Adella and (Domanic) Gatti and Darlene Mora; numerous nieces and nephew, a best of friends and love ones.
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

Dorian W. (Don) Preston

Dorian W. (Don) Preston passed from this world on Dec. 27, 2013.
He had celebrated his 90th birthday on Dec. 7, and said goodbye to family and friends.
Born in south San Antonio, Texas, he was preceded in death by his parents, Lon H. Sr. and Lana Paula; and his brother, Dr. Lon H. Preston Jr.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Alice Gayle Preston; three children, Patricia Rae Warton, of Littleton, Colo., Kerry E. Sollars, of Arvada, Colo., and Alan J. Preston and Elizabeth, of Brighton, Colo.; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and four step-children, Sheila A. Forsander and Carl of Santa Monica, Calif., Norman L. Neff, of Edgewater, Colo., Daryl K. Neff and Lily, of Lincoln Park, N.J., and David A. Neff, of Denver, Colo., and six step-grandchildren.
Dorian was a World War II veteran and was proud to serve his country in the 8th Air Force, 479th Fighter Group, 436th Fighter Squadron, in England, where, as an aircraft mechanic, he kept our P38s and P51s flying.
Prior to joining the Air Force, he graduated high school in Clovis and attended Texas A&M University. After the war, he worked on a seismograph crew, entered an apprenticeship program to be an architect on the GI Bill, and became a licensed architect in Colorado, Wyoming, Texas, California and New Mexico.
Mr. Preston was a devoted follower of Jesus Christ and a passionate student of theology. In his own words, “The Bible helped me realize my own need for salvation. I became convicted that Christ’s sacrifice of Himself for my sins required my thankful and grateful response. I gave Lordship of my life to Jesus in 1967. My remembrance of baptism is that I sensed a pervasive peace I had never before known. Soon I realized that real hope had returned. Amazed that my angry frustrations and resentments were greatly softened, I had no doubts that all these changes were miracles.”
Two years before his death, he wrote the text of a website,, which is about eschatology, and is still up.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Foundation Fighting Blindness. The family would also like to thank the dear nurses and staff at Heartland Hospice Care who became friends.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, at the First United Methodist Church in Belen, 75 Manzano Expressway.

Josefina P. Reyes
Died 2014

Josefina P. Reyes, age 90, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 15.
To view information or leave a condolence, please visit Garcia Mortuary, 717 Stover Ave. SW, Albuquerque, N.M., 243-5222.