Deaths and funerals (03/06/14)

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Maria Anaya
1940-2014
Maria Anaya, age 73, a resident of Belen, passed away on Monday, Feb. 24.
She was born to Nicholas Montoya and Altagracia Araon Montoya in 1940 and raised  in Tajique. She loved cooking and cleaning and was very organized. She worked, for a number of years for the state of New Mexico, transporting the elderly.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Nicholas and Altagracia Aragon Montoya.
Maria is survived by her husband, Sylvestre Anaya; children, Darla and husband, Robert, Daniel Anaya, Judy Sanchez and husband, Anthony Sr. and Tom Anaya; 13 grandchildren, Anthony, Michelle, John, Larissa, Geraldine Gutierrez, Gerald Gutierrez Jr., Lisa Marie Sanchez, Anthony Sanchez Jr., Melissa Sanchez, Johnny Garcia, Chris Garcia, Gabrielle Anaya, Damian Anaya; 16 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Nicholas Montoya Jr., and wife, Pamela, Louie Montoya and wife, Oralia, and Jerry Montoya and wife, Betty; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Friday, March 7, beginning with a visitation at 1 p.m., followed by the Rosary at 1:30 p.m., and the Funeral Mass at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at a later date.
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.

Dorinda Kay Schwalm Brite
1962-2014
Dorinda Kay Schwalm Brite, age 51, a resident of Belen, peacefully passed away on Saturday, March 1.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jack H. Schwalm; and birth mother, Connie Heathcoat Schwalm.
Dorinda is survived by her loving mother, Madeline Schwalm; sister, Denise Durbin and husband, Richard; brother, Myrle Schwalm and wife, Jeanie; son, Dustin Brite; daughter, Kristine Brite; and companion of 20 years, Carroll Clark.
A graveside service will be held at Terrace Grove Cemetery at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 8.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Dorinda’s name to the First Baptist Church of Los Chavez, 9 Los Chavez Park, Belen, NM, 87002.
Sign Dorinda’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Master Sgt. Daniel D. Hine
1974-2014
Master Sgt. Daniel D. Hine, US Army Ret., age 39, a resident of Belen, passed away on Saturday, March 1.
He was a true war hero. He served his country honorably for 20 years, retiring last July. Daniel was an instrumental part of setting up Ballad Air Base North of Baghdad in 2002 and 2003. He then led his troops into Afghanistan in 2004-2005.
A proud man and father who loved everyone, Daniel was a truly righteous man, who started his day with a prayer and ended the day with a prayer. Loved by one and all, you would be hard pressed to find anyone that didn’t love and cherish his presence.
Daniel was born in Fullerton, Calif., on Aug. 4, 1974. Daniel moved to Albuquerque on March 11, 1979. He attended Apache Elementary, Kennedy Middle School, Manzano High, Cibola High and graduated from Freedom High School in 1992, and then went on to attain a Bachelor’s of Science in business from Columbia Southern University.
Daniel joined the Army, with his brother, Chris, in late 1992, and left for basic training in April 1993. He returned to New Mexico in August 2013.
A proud veteran whose new mission in retirement was to be known as “Mr. Deeds,” Daniel woke up every day and would go out and help someone in need. These helping deeds ranged between fixing a flat, getting a battery, hauling feed for goats, paying bills or just giving you a lift. He was the angel that just showed up out of nowhere and saved the day.
On one occasion, he noticed a shivering teenage boy walking in the rain, stopped and gave him the Cowboys jacket he had just purchased a few days prior. He would not let a day go by without doing a good deed and wanted that legacy to live on in each of us.
As a member of the La Merced Moose Lodge, he graced us all with his brotherhood and voice on karaoke night. His infectious spirit was undeniable, and he was a beautiful person inside and out. Everyone craved his attention. Aloha, father, son, brother, uncle and most of all, friend. Mahalo.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert and Jeanette Hine and Russell and Nora Palmer.
Daniel is survived by his children, Halley, Dakota and Dallas; mother, Marilyn Fresquez; step-dad, Chris P. Fresquez; brother, Jeff Hine and wife, Kim; brother, Chris and wife, Lisa; and brother, John Hine; nieces and nephews, Trahern, Alyssa, Michael, Callie and Daniel; and father, David C. Hine.
Services will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Belen on Monday, March 10, beginning with a viewing at 1 p.m., followed by the funeral service at 2 p.m.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Hine, Chris Hine, Brady Lane, Rick Miller, Mike Richardson, Dakota Hine, Michael Hine, Daniel Hine and Dallas Hine.
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.

Gary Andrew King
1956-2014
Gary Andrew King, age 57, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 26, in a work-related accident.
He was born and grew up in the East Mountain area. He lettered in track and wrestling, and graduated from Manzano High school in 1974. He was in the construction field from 1974 to the present as a superintendent and general supervisor.
He held many certifications, including automotive mechanic, hazardous materials safety, Department of Homeland Security federal disaster worker and safe excavator. He was an active member of the community, and was a regular donor to United Blood Services.
His hobbies included restoring his Model A Ford, participating in the Poco Quatros Model A club and hot air ballooning. He was on the NRA Millennium Honor Roll, was a lifetime member in the NRA, a member of the New Mexico Gun Collectors Association and of the Bass Fishing Club. He was an avid Lobos and Isotopes fan. He was a much-loved uncle, brother, and friend to many.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Susanna King; and sister-in-law, Dinah.
Gary is survived by his brothers, Steve King and wife, Susan, Jeff King and wife, Sara; sister, Betsy Brubaker and husband, Steve; niece, Rose King; and nephew, William Brubaker.
Please join the family for a celebration of Gary’s life from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, March 7, at the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center, 10300 Hotel Ave NE, Albuquerque (Kiva Room), 296 4852. Wear bright colors and bring your stories about Gary, who departed this life too soon.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.
Sign Gary’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main Street, Belen.

Josephine (Bimbo) Vallejos McElroy
1952-2014
Josephine (Bimbo) Vallejos McElroy, 62, a resident of Belen, passed away peacefully in Sacramento, Calif., on Saturday, March 1.
Josie loved her grandchildren and enjoyed her nieces and nephews. She was funny, enjoyed dancing, family gatherings, arts and crafts and teaching her grandchildren to cook tortillas and traditional New Mexican foods.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Max Vallejos; sisters, Isabelle and Cleo.
Josephine was survived by her children, Yvette and Vincent Vallejos; grandchildren, Patrick Montoya, Vanessa and Carlos Savorillo, Juan Grande and Leroy, Marie and Margaret Vallejos; two great-grandchildren, Daniel and Aubrianna; siblings, May and husband, Bill James, Elsie Buetto, Leroy and Dodie Vallejos, Phillip and Stephanie Vallejos, Albert Vallejos, Herman Vallejos and partner, Berlinda Bernal, Garlene Vallejos, Stella and Rudy Cordero, Max and Sylvia Vallejos, Joyce and Angelo Ortega and Leonard and Rose Vallejos.
A memorial service will be held at noon on Tuesday, March 11, at the Belen Moose Lodge on N.M. 314. Burial to follow at 1:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Joe A. Olguin
1955-2014
Joe A. Olguin, age 59, a resident of Tomé, passed away surrounded by his loving family and friends on Friday, Feb. 28.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugenio and Crucita Chavez Olguin; brother, Magarito; and mother-in-law, Lucilia Medina.
Joe is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Theresa Medina Olguin; daughter, Michelle; two sons, Alex and Benny; father-in-law, Demetrio Johnny Medina; five grandchildren, Shawn, Lachelle, Shaelyn, Angelita and Lucita Olguin; brother, Frank; two sisters, Angie and husband, Martin Connelly, and Kathy and husband, Joe August. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
All services will be held at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomé, on Thursday, March 6, beginning with a visitation at 10 a.m., with a Rosary to be recited at 10:30 a.m. and a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., with Father Jose Hernandez presiding.
Interment will follow at the Tomé Catholic Cemetery.
Sign Joe’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Samuel J. Sandoval
1994-2014
Samuel J. Sandoval, age 19, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Sunday, March 2.
He graduated from St. Pius X High School, Class of 2013. Sammy was an avid Atlanta Falcons football fan. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting with his bow and rifle. Sammy loved to make people laugh and smile.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandma, Alice Baca.
Sammy is survived by his father, Isriel Sandoval; mother and grandmother, Olga Sandoval; grandfather, Lawrence Sandoval; maternal grandparents, James and Becky Schwarz; two sisters, Bernadette and Angelina; and mother, Ramona Gurule. He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Peralta  on Thursday, March 6, beginning with a visitation at 9:30 a.m., and a Rosary to be recited at 10 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., with Father Hoi Tran presiding. Interment will be held at a later date.
Sign Sammy’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Eva M. Serna
1946-2014
Eva M. Serna, 67, a resident of Belen, passed away on Monday, March 3.
She was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.
Eva was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Manuel; parents, Frank and Barbarita Baca; and her brother, David Baca.
She is survived by her daughters, Frances Baca and her partner, Sara Ray, Regina Serna and Barbara Rierson and her husband, Bob; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many extended family members and friends.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Friday, March 7. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 9:30 a.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. with Father Stephen Shultz officiating. Private burial will take place at a later date.
Please visit Eva’s online guest register at www.riversidefunerals.com.  Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St. NE,  565-1700.

Harold “Max” Wakitsch
(USAF Ret. Lt. Col.)
Died 2014
Harold “Max” Wakitsch (USAF Ret. Lt. Col.), 85, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Friday, Feb. 28.
Max was preceded in death by his wife, Sue, in 2013.
He is survived by his family, including two sons, Pete Wakitsch and Scott Wakitsch and wife, Sandra; two daughters, Karen Rivera and husband, Jimmy, and Sandy Mayne and husband, Jeremy; five grandchildren, MyraShea Wakitsch-Dunlap, Nicole Rivera, Bethany Rivera, Kelsey Mayne and Abigail Mayne.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 10, at French – Wyoming. Interment will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Optimist Club of your choice.
Please visit the online guestbook for Max at www.FrenchFunerals.com.