Deaths and funerals (01/30/14)


Emma A. Aragon
Emma A. Aragon, age 104, a resident of Tomé, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomé. Emma was also a member of the retired teachers association. She retired as a Valencia County school teacher after 30 years of outstanding service.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of  68 years, Cristobal Aragon; parents, Max Aragon and Margarita Orona Aragon; sisters, Manuelita Garcia, Mary Gutierrez and Ester Peralta; brother, Louie Aragon; and son-in-law, Albert Sanchez.
Emma is survived by her children, Lourdes A. Sanchez, Margaret A. Jaramillo and husband, Tony, Euvaldo B. Aragon and wife, Eleanor, and Clorinda A. Sanchez and husband, Felix; 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, 23 great-great-grandchildren; brother, Max Aragon; sister, Dorothy Chavez; brother-in-law, Crecencio Aragon and wife, Ofelia; and sisters-in-law, Juanita Aragon and Emma Aragon; and also many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomé on Saturday, Jan. 25, beginning with a viewing at 9:30 a.m. and a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Tomé Catholic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Victor and Eric Aragon, Andrew and Gary Sanchez and Raymond and David Jaramillo.
Sign Emma’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Margaret L. (Fahringner) Burkhart
Died 2014
Margaret L. (Fahringner) Burkhart, 89, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
She was preceded in death by her son, Victor C. Burkhart Jr.
Margaret was an ardent cook and crafter and excelled at both. She happily shared those skills as a volunteer with the Los Lunas Senior Center and Presbyterian Hospital.
Margaret is survived by her son, Richard Burkhart; her sister, Dolores Roe, of Ohio; and her daughter-in-law, Catherine Annetta Burkhart.
Cremation has taken place. Please visit Margaret’s online guest register at

Matthew Ramon Edeal
Matthew Ramon Edeal (Pajama Boy), age 7, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 25.
He was a member of Calvary Christian Academy in Belen. He loved his family and friends. He loved pickles, pajamas, school, Legos, Sponge Bob, and his favorite candy was Hershey’s.
He was a very gentle, kind, sweet, loving, happy little boy. Matthew was a generous, kind soul with a huge heart. He would happily share anything and everything he had with anyone.
Matthew is survived by his loving mother, Roseann Chavez; father, Matthew S. Edeal and wife, Vanessa; siblings, Elliannah Edeal, Quentin Edeal, Nicole Apodaca and Chloe Apodaca; maternal grandparents, Ramon and Victoria Chavez; paternal grandparents, Scott Edeal and wife, Patricia, and Kris Steele and husband Gary, and Kenneth and Debbie Aragon; aunts and uncles, Mary Esther and Ismael Lopez, Krystyne and David Sweeney, Jennifer and Scott LaLonde, Brandy Edeal, Ryan Edeal and Jessie Aragon; cousins, Zachary and Garrett LaLonde, Paige and Morgan Perea; Alejandro, Isabella, Paola and Joshua, Marina Sweeney, Andrew and Kristy, Chris and Meghan, Jerome, Ricky and Sabrina and their families; and many other relatives.
A viewing was held on Wednesday, Jan. 29.  The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 30, at Calvary Chapel Rio Grande Valley, followed by burial 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, where an online guest register is available at

Frankie E. Marquez
Frankie E. Marquez, age 44, a lifelong resident of Belen, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 23.
Frankie enjoyed fishing and camping with his family at Eagle Nest Lake. He loved playing basketball with his nieces and nephews, who were the pride and joy of his life. He spent lots of time with his dad making repairs around the house and cheering for the Dallas Cowboys and the UNM Lobos.
Frankie had a special Chihuahua named Bobo and a parakeet named Blue. He was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his beloved brother, Danny Ray Marquez; his grandparents, Eugenio and Jenny Marquez, and Eufracio and Aurora Martinez.
Frankie is survived by his devoted parents, Frank and Dolores Marquez; his brother, Leroy Marquez and wife, Peggy; sister, Marie Rivera and husband, Kenneth; brother, Donald Marquez and wife, Julie; his loving nephews and nieces, Anita, Amanda, Jessica, Fran, Danny, Tina, D.J. and Carlos Marquez, Anthony and Alysha Aragon, Selena, Kenneth Jr. and Josiah Rivera, Anthony Ray and Andres Silva and Marius Lucero.
A viewing and Rosary were held Monday, Jan., 27, and a Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. Interment followed at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Leroy Marquez, Donald Marquez, Kenneth Rivera, Anthony Aragon, Danny Marquez, D.J. Marquez and Adam Marquez.
Sign Frankie’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main Street, Belen.

Daniel Edward Sánchez
Daniel Edward Sánchez, age 51, a resident of Belen, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 25, as a result of a tragic auto collision.
Daniel was an electrician at the University of New Mexico and had previously run his own business known as Perfection Electric.  The business name was of no coincidence. Danny strived for and accomplished “perfection” in many ways.
Danny was the perfect friend, the perfect son, brother and uncle; but mostly the perfect husband for Naeomi, and the perfect father for his three children, Magen, Dante and Candice.
He will be remembered as a fierce competitor, excelling in his favorite sport of basketball. He enjoyed attending Lobo basketball and football games, and enjoyed playing poker with his buddies. He will be missed dearly by all his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ruben Sánchez; and his mother-in-law, Berlinda Sánchez.
Daniel is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Naeomi Sánchez and his precious children, Magen MiNea, Dante Daniel, and Candice Kamalani.
He is also survived by his loving mother, Flora C. Sánchez; father-in-law, Jesus M. Sánchez; and the following eight brothers and sisters with spouses, Dolores and husband, Robert Sparling, Ruby and husband, Doug Lyons, William and wife, Marisela Sánchez, Cathy and husband, Robert Preissler, Carol and husband, Al Archuleta, Gerald and wife, Geri Lynn Sánchez, Francisco and wife, Eva Sánchez, and Ruben James Sánchez. Daniel is also survived by his brother-in-law, Steve and wife, Klaudia Sánchez; and sisters-in-law, Sandra Sánchez and husband, Sean Casey, Bernadette Sánchez-Wright and Geisel Sánchez. He is also survived by 35 nephews and nieces. Last, but not least, Daniel is survived by his longtime friend, Diane Peña, who was like a sister.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, beginning with a viewing at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, with a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. A final viewing will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 1, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m.
Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Daniel’s Godson, Andres Sánchez, his brother-in-law, Steve, and Daniel’s four brothers.
Sign Daniel’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Lorraine Viola Vallejos
Lorraine Viola Vallejos, 58, of Belen, passed away on Jan. 14.
Lorraine was known for her bravery, intelligence and devotion to her religion at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.
She loved to bake Christmas cookies, fudge and empanadas. All she had to do was smile and talk and it worked like magic. She was so confident, even in her sick times. She always believed in herself and that she could do better, and many times, she proved it.
In her earlier years, she was a photographer in high school and went to law school. She loved praying the rosary, lighting candles and paying for Masses at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.
She was friendly to those who knew her. Lorraine is our hero and we will miss her and love her forever. “With God all things are possible.”
She is preceded in death by her mother, Lugarda; father, Alfredo; sisters, Teresa and Frances; brother, Michael; husband, Filemon Vallejos Jr; and her son, Jose Avan Vallejos.
She is survived by her boyfriend of 10 years, Raymond R. Garcia; her daughter, Monica; granddaughter, Holly; son-in-law, Mark A. Griego; son, Anthony R. Gutierrez; granddaughter, Angel Marie; future daughter-in-law, Isabelle M. Trujillo; and son, Leroy Montoya Jr.
All services have been held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.
We wish to thank everyone who helped us with Lorraine’s funeral. You are greatly appreciated.

Irma L. Wise
Irma L. Wise, was born Jan. 3, 1921, in Red Bud, Ill. She passed away Sunday, Jan. 26, at the age of 93.
Irma will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She was a Gold Star wife and a member of Eastern Star for more than 70 years. Irma also loved to travel and play bingo.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Barr; second husband, Paul Wise; infant son, Paul Wise Jr; grandson, David Barr; father, Otto Koch; mother, Elma Koch; brothers, Wilfred and wife, Rosemary, and Marvin.
Irma is survived by her son, Roger Barr; daughters, Janet Templeton, Kathy Wise Hinkle and husband, Terry Hinkle; grandchildren, Roger, Suzie, Michael and Carrera Barr, Rick, Terri and David Templeton and Justin Hinkle; two great-grandchildren, Savannah and Dakota; sisters-in-law, Lillie Saurs and Amiee Bagley; as well as several nieces, nephews, other family members and friends who loved and will miss her.
A funeral service was held in the chapel of Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th ST. NW., Albuquerque, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, with Pastor Boyd Morerod officiating.
She will be taken to St. Louis, Mo., where she will be interred with her late husband, Paul, and her infant son, Paul Jr., at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, on Monday, Feb. 3.
The family would like to thank Twin Oaks Assisted Living for their love and wonderful care for Irma. It is greatly appreciated.
Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 Fourth St. NW, Albuquerque, 343-8008.