Deaths and funerals (03/27/14)

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Anthony Alfero
1935-2014
Anthony Alfero, age 78, passed away on Saturday, March 22.
He was born in Rockford, Ill., on  Nov. 7, 1935, and was a resident of Valencia County since 1976. Mr. Alfero was a member of the United States Army and served proudly.
He owned his own business for years and later went to work for the Los Lunas Hospital and Training School, where he retired from in 1997. In his free time, he enjoyed writing poetry. Mr. Alfero was loved by many, especially his family. He was a man with lots of wisdom and knowledge. He was a religious man and never gave up on his faith.
Mr. Alfero will be greatly missed but never forgotten. You will always be in our hearts and everywhere we go. We love you.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jose Alfero; mother, Petra Alfero; and 16 siblings.
Mr. Alfero is survived by his loving wife of 33 happy years, Susana Alfero; three sons, A. Allen Alfero and his wife, Ursula, Andrew A. Alfero and Frank Munoz and his wife, Lorraine; daughter, Ruth Munoz; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Mr. Alfero will be laid to rest at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. The Aflero and Munoz families would like to thank their family and friends for all the support.
Please visit Mr. Alfero’s online guest register at www.riversidefunerals.com. Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St. NE, 565-1700.

Joseph “Joe” Aragon
1926-2014
Joseph “Joe” Aragon, age 87, a resident of Belen, passed away on Sunday, March 23.
He was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, where he participated as a lector and was a eucharistic minister.
Joe proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He was a teacher at Los Lunas High School for 35 years, teaching English, drama, speech and debate. He was also a local car salesman.
He loved life to its fullest and had a passion for all types of music and dancing, and he had an excellent sense of humor. He enjoyed playing the harmonica and was a car and motorcycle enthusiast, riding his Harley Davidson Softail Custom until three years ago. He passed down his passion for life to his children and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 53 years, Beatrice Sanchez Aragon; and parents, Telesfor and Leduvina Aragon.
Joe is survived by his loving children, Anna and husband, Richard Espinoza, Kenny Aragon, Robert and wife, Sharon Aragon, Rick Aragon, Lorraine and husband, Andres Silva, Marty and wife, Yvonne Aragon, Susan and husband, Kenny Peter, and Darleen Aragon and husband, Reggie Chavez; 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one brother, John S. Aragon.
A viewing and Rosary were held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Wednesday, March 26. A final visitation will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, March 27, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m., with Father Stephen Schultz presiding. Interment will be held at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Chris Crosby, Dominic and Martin Aragon, Tony and Brendan Wilson and Tim Montoya.
Sign Joe’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main Street, Belen, NM Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Isabel Bustamante
1938-2014
Isabel Bustamante, age 75, born in Aragon, N.M., and a resident of Belen, went home to our heavenly father on Wednesday, March 19.
Isabel loved her family, immediate and extended, including many nieces, nephews, and the many children she cared for that lovingly called her Nana. Isabel was a devoted Catholic and spent her last days surrounded by family and friends praying the Rosary.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Manuel and Ramona Saiz Aragon; grandson, Mario Baca; sister, Lucy Martinez; niece, Arlene Griego; and brothers-in-law, Robert Martinez and Lester Garcia.
Isabel is survived by her children, Mona Lisa Bustamante and Tina Baca and husband, Chris; grandchildren, Kristina Baldonado and husband, Joseph, Keith Hirschfeld, Andrew Apodaca, Kyle, Kameron, Nikolas and Hailie Baca; great-grandchildren, Mia, Myra and Jazmine Baldonado; sisters, Lala Griego and husband, Nazario, Josie Garcia, Sally Tanuz and husband, Arthur, Bernadette Torres and husband, Ernest, Frances Jaramillo and husband, Mike, and Bertha Aragon; brothers, Eddie Aragon and wife, Barbara, Leondro Aragon and wife, Nellie, Leo Aragon and wife, Patricia; a very special friend, Diane Sedillo, who was like a daughter to her; and godson, Carlos Sedillo.
All services were held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Monday, March 24, with Father Stephen Schultz presiding. Interment followed at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Urn bearer was Henry Torres. The honorary urn bearer was Martin Max Campbell.
Sign Isabel’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main Street, Belen.

Edward H. Caulder
1936-2014
Edward Caulder, age 77, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Wednesday, March 19.
Edward was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Belen. Edward was committed to his Christian faith, his family and his friends. “Gramp” adored all animals, was loved by all and will be missed by everyone that knew him.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Norma L. Caulder; father, Ted Caulder; mother, Mollie Caulder; sister, Betty Coombes; and a brother, Robert G. Byrd.
Edward is survived by his children, Jace Caulder and his wife, Leslie, John Caulder and his wife, Ginny, Kathy Caulder, Julie Aragon and her husband, Johnny, and Lynette Caulder; sister, Bess Marto; 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and his two cats, Kimmie and Silver.
A celebration of his life was held Saturday, March 22, at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, with Pastor Jace Caulder officiating.
Arrangements were 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.

Susan Heckman
1955-2014
Susan Heckman, born April 17, 1955, in Brooklyn, N.Y., went home to the loving arms of the Lord on Friday, March 14.
She was a longtime resident of Las Nutrias and serviced her community and Belen in the field of dentistry since 1978. Susan was a Woman of the Moose. She was a devoted loving wife, daughter, sister and aunt. Susan was loyal and loving to all her many friend she made in her short lifetime.
She was preceded in death by her father, Al Marino; grandparents, Charles and Mary Wilson Sr. and Charles and Assunta Marino; and godparents, Charles Wilson Jr. and Rose Marino.
Susan is survived by the only love of her life, her husband of 38 years, Stephen Heckman; mother, Jo Marino; sister, Maria Romero and fiancé, Richard; brothers, Charles Marino and wife, Barbara, and Al Marino Jr. and wife, Michele. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, co-workers and friends, who loved her dearly and will deeply miss her.
Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at the Belen Moose Lodge No. 1680 on N.M. 314, north of Belen, at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 29.
Sign Susan’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main Street, Belen, NM Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Janine Scott Meraz
1959-2014
Janine Scott Meraz, age 54, a resident of Los Lunas, peacefully passed away at her home on Friday, March 21.
She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. She is in the arms of an angel now.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin Meraz; parents, Robert L. and Billie J. Scott; sister, Toni Scott; cousin, Wesley Johnson; and brother-in-law, Mark Skotchdopole.
Janine is survived by her loving daughter, Monica Scott Marin and husband, Pascual; grandchildren, Marquis Scott, Adrian, Angelo, Italia and Itzellah Marin; grandmother, Ida Perkins; brothers, Rene and Robert Scott; sisters, Dilenda Scott, Deborah Blea and Lisa Scott; aunt, Pat Salgado; uncle, James Gunnels and wife, Jill, Gary Gunnels and wife, Susan, Mark Perkins and wife, Vicky, Joe Perkins and wife, Janna; 17 nieces and nephews, 10 cousins and longtime friend and confidant, Fred Jacquez.
A funeral service will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel at 3 p.m., Thursday, March 27. Interment will be held at a later date.
Sign Janine’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main Street, Belen, NM Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Sylvia Y Palacio-Aragon
Died 2014
Sylvia Y Palacio-Aragon, age 62, a longtime resident of Bosque Farms, died March 23.
She is survived by her life partner, Agapito (Pete) Garcia, of Bosque Farms; her daughter, Loretta Aragon and partner, Esther Wasserman, of Seattle, Wash.; her daughter, Betheny Palacio-Aragon, of Bosque Farms; her mother, Rita Palacio, of Bosque Farms; her sisters, Eileen Maestas, of Albuquerque, and Audrey Palacio and husband, Todd Underwood, of Los Chavez; her brother, Charles Palacio and wife, Lillian, of Bosque Farms; her nephews, Larwence Maestas, Christopher Maestas, Edward Palacio, Jesse Palacio, Phillip Torres, Joel Torres and Matthew Palacio; her nieces, Pamela Sanchez, Marlene Flowers and Jennifer Piedra; her brother, Steve Lopez and wife, Sylvia; and many great-nephews, great-nieces, countless cousins and friends.
Ms. Palacio-Aragon was preceded in death by her father, Jose O. Palacio; her daughter, Justina A. Aragon; and her granddaughter, Jordyn Aragon; her brother, Ernesto Palacio.
Sylvia’s life’s vocation was to fight addiction. She worked for the New Mexico state prison system as a psychologist and found her work very rewarding but enjoyed vacationing. She was a member of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Peralta.
A Rosary and viewing was recited Wednesday, March 26, at French-University. Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Flavio Santillanes at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Peralta at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 28.
Please visit our online guestbook for Sylvia at www.FrenchFunerals.com. French – University, 1111 University Blvd. NE, 843-6333.

Elena V. Parrish
1950-2014
Elena V. Parrish, age 63, a resident of Los Lunas, peacefully passed away on Sunday, March 23.
Elena was a wonderful person throughout her life. She was very caring, thoughtful and generous to all who knew her. Elena was loved by many and will be truly missed and forever in our hearts.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Parrish; parents, Abran and Edwina Sanchez Cordova; and sisters, Minnie and Donna.
Elena is survived by her children, Lynn and Mike, John Jr. and Crystal, Verna and Joseph; sisters, Ida, Margie, Eloyda, Jeannie, Angie and Stephanie; and brothers, Eli, Abie, Sonnie, Dickie and Amos; grandchildren, Brienna, Anthony, EmmaLynn and Madison Elena. She is also survived by many nephews, nieces and dear friends.
A visitation will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel at 1 p.m., Friday, March 28, with a funeral service at 2 p.m. Interment will be held at a later date.
Sign Elena’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main Street, Belen, NM Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Patrick Anthony Romero
1941-2014
Patrick Anthony Romero, a resident of Belen, was born in Las Nutrias to the late Arsenio and Mela Jojola Romero. Pat fought the good fight, he finished the race and kept the faith (2 Timothy 4:7). Pat passed away in the early morning of Friday, March 21, at home after a two-week hospitalization.
Pat passed into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior on what would have been his son Dion’s 47th birthday, and a few hours after the start of spring, the season of new life and renewal and Pat’s favorite time of the year. He was already planning his garden and had plans to fix his well.
Pat was owner and operator of Romero Building Maintenance for 45 years. He loved his work and always said God gave him that job. He was a volunteer firefighter for Belen for 25 years.
Pat relished in the joy of going dune bugging with Matt and Libby, Norbert and Oly and a host of other friends. He loved to make people laugh and had a special talent to do just that. He loved life and always lived to the fullest. Everyone Pat called a friend was special to him and he “would climb the highest mountain” for any of them.
His most fervent desire was always to share God with others and pray for the salvation of those who did not know God. God was Pat’s best friend and he was not ashamed to let others know that. Pat had the faith of a child, oh that we all did.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arsenio and Mela Jojola Romero; his mother-in-law, Vetrice Trembly VanHavermaat; son, Dion Romero; and infant son, Gregory David Romero.
Pat is survived by his wife of 31 years, Patricia VanHavermaat-Romero; daughter, Jermaine Ulibarri and husband, Kevin; and son, Gino Romero and wife, Delfina; grandchildren, Alyssa Romero, Jonathan Romero and Marcos Balido Romero; and his mother, Leticia; step-grandchildren, Kylee and Emilio Ulibarri; he was the oldest of nine, he is also survived his sisters, Clara and husband, Richard, Mary Helen Griego, Lorraine and husband, Henry, Annette and husband, Jess and brothers, Leo and wife, Judy, Joe and wife, Georgene, Frank and wife, Mary and Rudy; and brothers-in-law, Joe VanHavermaat and wife, Janice, Danny VanHavermaat and wife, Linda, John VanHavermaat and wife, Lisa; Pat is also survived by his beloved uncles, aunties, nephews, nieces, cousins, and by many, many friends that meant the world to him.
A viewing was held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, March 26. A final visitation will take place at Calvary Chapel Rio Grande Valley in Belen at 5 p.m., Friday, March 28, with funeral services to begin at 6 p.m. Interment will be private, held at a later date for family.
Pat supported Mano De Ayuda in Mexico and Joy Junction in Albuquerque should you wish to donate in lieu of flowers in Pat’s memory.
Sign Pat’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main Street, Belen, NM Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Guadalupe Silva
1933-2014
Guadalupe Silva, age 81, a resident of Belen, was surrounded by his family when he went home to our heavenly father on Monday, March 17.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enriched his family with so much knowledge, advice and compassion. He cherished his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who were the light of his life.
Guadalupe proudly served in the United States Army, was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of Our Lady of Belen Church. He retired from the gas company after 38 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Victoria Cacho; brothers, Margarito and Antonio; and sister, Juanita.
Guadalupe  is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 59 years, Maria Elena (Nena); his children, David Silva and wife, Tammy, Helen Martin and husband, Les, Alice Silva and partner, Monica, Angie Zamora and husband, Tano; grandchildren, Brian Silva and Tracy, Kristin Silva, Isaac Silva, Victoria Martin and Merced, Ariana Gurule, Adryan Gurule, Dustin and Desiree Mendoza, Tara Zamora and Joe, Deanna Zamora and Aaron Zamora; great-grandchildren, Skyler Silva, Mckenzie Mendoza, Mason Carrillo and Liam Cano; his sister, Nellie Calzadilla and many nephews and nieces.
A private service was held on Tuesday, March 18.
The family would like to thank Cecilia Jaramillo, Floyd Jaramillo and the dedicated staff from Hospice Compassus for all their loving care and support during this difficult time.
Sign Guadalupe’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main Street, Belen, NM Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.