Deaths and funerals (04/17/14)

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Ruperto Baca
1928-2014
Our beloved Ruperto Baca was called home to be with our Lord on Thursday, April 10, surrounded by his loving family.
Ruperto was born on Nov. 14, 1928, in Belen, to the late Salomon and Nicomerez Baca. Ruperto was a proud veteran, who served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He served in the New Mexico National Guard as a motor pool sergeant and expert marksman for 35 year until his retirement.
He was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, where he participated in many ministries. He was chairman of Our Lady of Belen Cemetery Council. He also served on the Fiesta Committee, Marriage Enrichment and taught religious education classes and was a member of the Spanish choir. He was a member of the St. Mary’s School Board, the Parish and Finance Counsel and La Gran Pastorela.
He was also a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus, the Elk’s Lodge, Mid-West New Mexico Community Action Program, Valencia County Foster Grandparents Program and a scoutmaster. He was also well known for his role in the movie “Fools Rush In.”
He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved first wife, Lourdes; son, Leonard; step-father, Antonio Benavidez; sister, Cecilia Otero; and brother, Edwin Benavidez.
Ruperto is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Filomena Baca; children, Catherine and husband, Raymond Gonzales, Evangeline Baca, Lena Baca, Patsy and husband, James Garley, Sally Baca, Fernando and wife, Stephanie, Salomon and wife, Lori, Juliana Baca and husband, Fred Ortega, Joey, Martina Baca, Valentina Baca, and Patrick and wife, Dianne; 20 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; sister, Solia Moya; siblings, Ruby Romero, Raymond, Glen and Charles Benavidez. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
All services were held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, beginning with a viewing and Rosary on Tuesday. A Funeral Mass was recited Wednesday, with Father Stephen Schultz presiding. Interment followed at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be his eight daughters.
Sign Ruperto’s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main Street, Belen.

Kathleen Carlson
1945-2014
Kathleen Carlson, age 68, a resident of Rio Communities, passed away on Sunday, April 13.
She was a member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Tomé, and went to God on Palm Sunday, after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Kathleen was born in St. Petersburg, Fla., and lived in New Mexico, California and Florida.
She was a teacher at Belen High School in the special education unit and had a profound love for her students. Additionally, she worked for the Boys & Girls Club of America and Neiman Marcus. Kathleen loved to travel. She had a special fondness for animals and a dedication to her church.
Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mary Crippen; and a baby boy, Carlson, of Palm Beach Shores, Fla.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, David Carlson; son, Daryle; daughter, Fayne; three sisters, Geraldine, Christine and Amy; 12 loving nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, on Wyoming N.E. and Paseo del Norte N.E., Albuquerque, 821-0800, at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 19.
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@yahoo.com.

Samuel Gonzales
1926-2014
Samuel Gonzales, age 87, a resident of Belen, passed away on Tuesday, April 8.
He was born May 31, 1926, in Greely, Colo. He was dearly loved by a host of friends and loved ones and will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Adela and Emilio Gonzales; three brothers, Manuel, Jose and Luis; two sisters, Susie and Veronice, and his son, Clyde.
Sam is survived by his wife, Frances, of 40 years; four sons, Edward, Dennis, Jerry and Eric; two daughters, Sennie and Adela; two stepchildren, Robert Bustillos and Jessica Trujillo; beloved grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and three sisters, Delores, Ramona, and Pablita, of Española.
Services were held at Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel. Interment was held at Santa Fe National Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers were Ernest Trujillo, Michael Noga Sr., Michael Noga Jr., Floyd Martinez, Guadalupe Gonzales and Ronnie Trujillo.
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.

Edwin Christian Iszler
1924-2014
Edwin Christian Iszler, age 90, a resident of Veguita, passed away on Saturday, April 12.
He proudly served in World War II in the United States Army, where he was heavily decorated. Edwin was loved by all.
He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Darla Iszler; children, Jack Iszler, Laurali Miller, Sandy Iszler, Christie Ann Solomon, Donnie Solomon and Tanya Desjardins; and numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Services will be private.
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.
There is an additional tribute to Edwin on Last-Memories.com.

Daniel Victor Jaramillo
1956-2014
Daniel Victor Jaramillo, age 57, a resident of Belen, unexpectedly passed away on Monday, April 7.
He was born on April 18, 1956. Daniel grew up on his father’s dairy farm in Tomé and worked until his retirement as a sergeant at CNM Corrections Facility.    Daniel was an outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and relaxing on his pontoon boat. He was a man of few words, but always expressed a great love and pride in his children.
He was preceded in death by his loving parents, Carlos Jaramillo and Remie Lente, of Tomé.
A loving father, grandfather, brother and friend, Daniel will be missed by his children, Rhonda Jaramillo, Jeffery Baldonado, Jeanette Jaramillo, Jonas Jaramillo and Luke Jaramillo; son-in-law, Lupe Paz; daughter-in-law, Katrina Jaramillo; his grandchildren, Isaac Lopez, Gabriella Paz, Sofia Jaramillo and Liam Jaramillo; his siblings, Kathy Moya and Anthony Jaramillo; and his nieces and nephew.
He will be missed but forever in the thoughts of all who knew him.
Services will were held at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel.
Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 64-4448, where an online guest register is available at www.noblinfuneralservice.com.

Nicole Katherine Lopez
1997-2014
Nicole Katherine Lopez, age 17, passed away on Saturday, April 12.
She was a member of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church.
Esta Amor, before I leave the sadness, always I think of you. I never have suffered so many worries as many times as I have for you. We love you so much.
Nicole was preceded in death by her grandparents, Irene and Dennis Luciniack and Eric Zoellner; and great grandmother, Manuelita Walker.
She is survived by her parents, James and Kathy Lopez; and many other family members and friends.
Services were held on Tuesday, April 15, at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, in Albuquerque.
Pallbearers were Henry, Ronnie, Lionel, Ronnie Jr., Isziah, Jose and Shannon. The honorary pallbearer was Henry. Serving as ushers were A.J. and Paul.
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.

Ian H. Rascon
Died 2014
Ian H. Rascon of Belen, 30, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 12.
Ian was born in Grand Junction, Colo., and attended Belen High School. He was a member of the LDS Church in Las Lunas.
Ian had a knack for languages and learned American Sign Language with the help of his brother, Ira. He was Ira’s devoted interpreter and caregiver.
Ian was artistic, sweet and sensitive with a wonderful, “corny” sense of humor and a loving, kind heart.
He is survived and will be forever missed by his mother, Karolyn Selleck, of Belen;  father, Ray Rascon and step-mother, Louise Rascon, of Hendersonville, Tenn.; brother, Ira Rascon; sisters, Mikala McGee, Glory Rascon, Maria Hunter, Margarite Chesley, Anna Rascon and Christy Raines; grandmother, Edith Hill; step-grandfather, Robert Robinson; his aunts, uncles cousins and friends.
A celebration of Ian’s life will be held at the First Baptist Church in Belen at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 19, with a reception to follow.