Deaths and funerals (02/27/14)


Deliria F. Barela
Died 2014
Deliria F. Barela, age 90, passed into the Lords hands, joining her husband, Julian Barela; son, Ruben E. Barela; and her parents, Jose Encarnacion and Eufemia Arguello, on Saturday, Feb. 22.
Deliria was very dedicated to her family. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She belonged to the Blue Army, honoring our Blessed Mother. She enjoyed hosting the brunches for the Blessed Mother, with her friends of the Blue Army. Her hobbies were making rosaries for the missions and quilting.
She is survived by her three daughters, Julianita F. Baier, Inez Barela and Rita Gonzales; son-in-law, John P. Baier; 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Delfina Sena, Angelica Millwee and Pressie Medina.
A viewing and Rosary were held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church on Wednesday, Feb. 26. The final visitation will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, and a Funeral Mass at 11 a.m. Interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 3 p.m., followed by a reception at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Hall in Los Lunas at 5:30 p.m.
Pallbearers are Wally Miera, Adam Miera, Juan Havens, Julian Barela, Bryan Gonzales and Stephen Gonzales. Honorary pallbearers are Felix Barela, Max Barela, John P. Baier, Arthur L. Havens, Matthew Abeyta, Chris O’Gorman, Alex Silva, Joshua P. Nelson and Daniel Gonzales.
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

Janice Morrison Brunacini
Died 2014
Janice Morrison Brunacini, age 66, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Feb. 21.
Janice was a member of Bosque Farms Rodeo Association, 4-H Club and a volunteer at the Storehouse Food Bank.
She was preceded in death by her father, Vern Morrison; mother, Goldie Morrison; and brother, Ron Morrison.
She is survived by her twin sister, Janet Morrison; brother, Richard Morrison and wife; sons, Jack and Robert Brunacini; four grandchildren, and friend, Jack Brunacini Sr.; sister, Francis Brock and husband; dogs, Gianni and the bullies; and her dear friend of 21 years, Dean Hart.
She enjoyed caring for Dean’s home and pets while he was out trucking. Janice also loved fishing and animals. She will be missed greatly and remembered as a strong and caring mother, grandmother, sister and friend.
Services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the First Baptist Church in Los Chavez.

Susan Gayle Duran
Susan Gayle Duran, age 60, a resident of Belen, passed away peacefully in her home, surrounded by her family and her beloved dogs, on Sunday, Feb. 23.
She enjoyed spending time outdoors and with her many horses. She was a mother, sister and friend to many. Sue was always one for practical jokes. She took great enjoyment in making people laugh and/or in giving them a good scare.
Sue loved the mountains, hiking and spending time with those whom she loved and cared. Sue was also a very hard worker; there was not a job that she would refuse to tackle. All of these attributes will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Unfortunately, for the past year, she had been fighting a brave battle with cancer which she ultimately lost. However, no matter her pain or discomfort, she still got up nearly every day and tended to her daily activities and cared for her beloved dogs.
The only solace that can be taken now is that she is free of pain, and it is hoped that she will now be able to once again go for those long hikes in the mountains, and bask in the sunlight.
Sue’s family would like to give a special thank you to Beth Sambrano and the Ambercare Hospice team for their wonderful care and compassion for Sue in her last weeks.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date for Sue’s family and loved ones. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Albuquerque Humane Society or any other animal or horse rescue in Sue’s name.
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

Jo Ellen Harrison
Jo Ellen Harrison, 73, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 22.
She was born in West Virginia on June 8, 1940. Jo had a green thumb and loved to work in her beautiful flower garden. She also loved baking, especially Christmas cookies and was quite crafty and enjoyed making her dolls.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 34 years, Hugh Neil Harrison, who passed away earlier this month; her parents, Lucille and Robert Morgan; grandson, Steven Echols; and great-grandson Mario Baca.
Mrs. Harrison is survived by her loving children, Deborah Baca, Cynthia Goodwin, Christina Smith and her husband, Kelly, and Thomas Goodwin; and her stepson, H. Neill Harrison and his fiancée, Bev Wilson. She is also survived by her brothers, Robert Morgan and his wife, Beatrice, Gerald Morgan and his wife, Linda; grandchildren Victor Baca and his wife, Anne, Melissa White and her husband, John, Brian Smith and his fiancée, Devon O’Keefe, and Douglas Wilson; great-grandchildren, Victoria Baca, Gabrielle Marquez, DeMarius White, Haylee Fisher, Shane Fisher and Carson Fisher; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. Jo loved her children and grandchildren dearly and will be deeply missed.
A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28, at Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas Chapel, with burial to follow at Terrace Grove Cemetery, 1200 W. Aragon in Belen.
A gathering will then take place at the Eagle Park Community Center, 305 Eagle Lane in Belen.
Please visit the online guest register for Mrs. Harrison at Arrangements by Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St. NE, 565-1700.