Deaths and funerals (04/03/14)


Denise (Grandma D) Garcia
Denise (Grandma D) Garcia, 56, of Los Lunas, was called home to be with our Lord on Saturday, March 22.
She was born on Oct. 30, 1957, and is survived by many, many loving family and friends, who will miss her dearly and whose hearts will never be the same.
A Rosary and Funeral Mass was held Tuesday, April 1, at the San Ignacio Parish in Albuquerque, and internment followed at the Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Alys K. Lisle
Alys K. Lisle, age 69, a resident of Belen, passed away on Monday, March 31.
She was born and raised in Omaha, Neb., and moved to New Mexico in 1982. She served as a deacon at the Fellowship of St. Barnabas Anglican Church in Albuquerque and was an LPN for many years. She also worked with several ministries serving the local and Albuquerque communities.
She enjoyed crossword puzzles, reading, listening to music of all kinds and was a fierce Scrabble player. She was well loved by her family and many friends.
She was married to Sanford Lisle (widowed) and Carl Gockley (divorced).
Alys is survived by her brother, Jon Nelson and wife, Beverly; sister, Conee Nelson and husband, Bob; stepdaughter, Jennifer Gockley; two nephews, Bill and Tory; two great nephews, Avery and Westley; and her two cats, Spook and Kix.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to Best Friends Animal Society or the Animal Humane Society in Alys’s honor.
Arrangements are pending at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 864-4448, 418 W. Reinken Ave., where an online guest register is available at

Virginia Mae Rummell Macko
Virginia Mae Rummell Macko, age 87, a resident of Valencia County, passed away on Sunday, March 30.
She was a member of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Belen. Virginia was also a member of Tierra del Sol Country Club and Bridge Club. She played golf for more than 35 years and has over seven trophies in golf. She loved to dance and travel.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, George Macko; parents, Philip Harry and Florence Rummell; and brother, Russell Rummell.
Virginia is survived by her three daughters, Gail Lynn Blackwell, Barbara Susan Poburski, both of Belen, and Linda Carol Macko of Socorro; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at a later date.
Sign Virginia’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main Street, Belen, NM Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Herman A. Padilla
Herman Antonio Padilla, 76, of Belen, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, March 31. He was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.
He was well known in Belen as the “welder” and operated his welding shop for more than 40 years. He took great pride in finding creative ways to build and repair just about anything from gas tanks to goosenecks, and would fix anything for anyone.
Herman was preceded in death by his father, Severo; and mother, Gertruditas; and his older brother, Joe.
He was raised with seven other siblings in Jarales.
Herman is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Eloisa, of Belen; two children, his daughter, Kathy, of Belen, and her husband, Jay; and his son, Eric, of Santa Fe, and his wife, Doreen; his grandchildren, Jayson, Devin, Ethan and Gabrielle, who were his pride and joy. He had many other extended family who affectionately called him Grandpa, including Lauren, Donald, Kris Dee, Shelby, Laura, Grace, Alex, Zachary, Ashlei, Kim and Ashton. He had many nieces and nephews.
He is also survived by his brothers and sisters, Toby, of Barstow, Calif., Lovelia Jojola, of Albuquerque, Aurelio of Belen, Virgie August of Los Chavez, Tomas of Jarales and Manuel Esquibel of Phoenix, Ariz.
A visitation will be held at 9 a.m., Friday, April 4, a Rosary at 9:30 a.m. and a Memorial Mass at 10 a.m. All will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.
Herman was a veteran and his internment will take place at the National Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico at a later date.

Josephine Sanchez
Josephine Sanchez, age 72, a resident of Albuquerque and formerly of Belen, passed away on Monday, March 31.
She was a member of the Calvary Chapel Rio Grande Valley. Josephine enjoyed making crafts and would bless others with them as gifts. She loved being surrounded by her family and friends all the time. Josephine loved her children and grandchildren dearly.
She enjoyed traveling to visit family and friends. Josephine was a loving and devoted wife and mother. She had such a big heart and always put others ahead of herself.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 53 years, Willie Sanchez Sr.; son, Willie Sanchez Jr.; parents, Elisario and Epifañia Arelline Marquez; brother, Manuel Marquez; and sister, Gloria Martinez.
Josephine is survived by her daughters, Lucia Moon, Patsy Padilla and husband, Richard, Mary Jaramillo, Emma Kotobi and husband, Mohsen, Betty Sanchez Padilla and Sandra Sanchez; daughter-in-law, Gloria Sanchez, wife of deceased son, Willie Jr.; 19 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Isabel Gonzales, Tony and wife, Gloria, Gene and wife, Michelle, Ramona Gutierrez, Mary Lu Marquez, Joe and wife, Rebecca, and Julian and wife, Angela.
All services will be held at Calvary Chapel Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday, April 8, beginning with a viewing at 5 p.m., with a funeral service to be held at 6 p.m. Interment will be held at a later date.
The Sanchez family wished to extend sincere gratitude for all your love, support and all the heartfelt prayers for all our family. May God Bless you all.
Sign Josephine’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.