Deaths and funerals (04/24/14)


Willie Jean Cook
Willie Jean Cook, age 87, a longtime resident of Belen, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 13.
Jean was born Feb. 8, 1927, in Centralia, Ill., to William and Eula Butler. Jean was married to Ray Cook on July 3, 1945; they were married 64 years, sharing and living their lives together.
A true believer in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Jean lived a life of love and devotion to the Lord.
She is survived by her son, Mike; and daughter-in-law, Junko; and grandsons, David and Paul.
A private memorial service was held at Terrace Grove Cemetery in Belen.
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

Barbara Lee Peters Davis
Barbara Lee Peters Davis passed away at 8:45 a.m., Saturday, April 19.
Born on Jan. 3, 1946, she enjoyed an amazing 68 years of life. Greeting her at Heaven’s door is her entire born to family, plus other family members and many friends.
Surviving Barbara are two daughters, Mistri Davis Sharp and Cresta Davis; a grandson, Cayden Sharp; and a four-legged companion, Lily, all residents of Los Lunas, many loving family members in Gulfport, Miss and a niece and nephew in Margate, England.
The family would like to welcome all who knew Barbara to join them in a celebration of her life and a final goodbye on Thursday, April 24, at Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave. in Belen. Visitation begins at 3 p.m., and a celebration service will be held at 3:30 p.m., followed by a send off at the end of the celebration. A family and friend reflection’s reception dinner will immediately follow the send off.
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

Isidorita “Dora” Lucero
Isidorita “Dora” Lucero, 78, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Monday, April 21.  She was born in Albuquerque on April 4, 1936, and was a member of San Jose de Duranes Catholic Church.
Dora was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Fernando Lucero; her son, Fernando Lucero Jr.; her mother, Lucinda Baca; her father, Abran Baca; her sister, Christina “Kiki” Lucero; and her brother, Abran “Tito” Baca Jr.
Dora was a great mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend. She was loving, caring and very outgoing.
Dora is survived by her children, Ray Lucero and his wife, Lisa, Rick Lucero and his wife, Victoria, Larry Lucero Sr. and Mary Ellen Lovato; and her brother, Stanley Baca. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and many friends, including her “family” at the dialysis clinic in Los Lunas, Fresenius.
Dora will be greatly missed by all who loved her.
The family will receive friends beginning at 5 p.m., Friday, April 25, at Riverside Funeral Home Chapel, with a Rosary to be recited at 5:30 p.m.
Please visit the online guest register for Mrs. Lucero at  Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St., NE, 565-1700.

Roger C. Pape
Roger Pape, age 71, a resident of Bosque Farms, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, April 22, after bravely fighting cancer over the past few months.
With his keen sense of humor and uplifting spirit, people who met him loved spending time with him. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and family; he was a proud father and an especially proud grandfather.
He was blessed to have the company of many dear friends while he fought; he and the family will be forever grateful to the many who came by to visit him or sent him get-well wishes. His close friend and ex-wife, Lori Cordova, came by every day to bring him a treat and to help.
Roger lived his faith in Jesus Christ and worshipped at Calvary Chapel in Albuquerque.
Roger was born near Doniphan, Neb., and grew up on a farm nearby.
After college, he worked at the Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant, taught accounting at a business school and, at night, he had a successful dance band. He was the leader of the band, putting it together and arranging locations to play. He grew it from a polka band at the onset into a popular country western band named Pure Intensity, who played all around Nebraska and beyond.
He moved away from Nebraska to continue work as a safety engineer, but eventually decided to move to New Mexico to be closer to his children. He worked for S.E.D. and Quest Diagnostics for more than 10 years.
Though no longer in Nebraska, he was a Cornhusker at heart and proudly wore red to root on his team during football games.
He was a car enthusiast; he loved cars, especially 1971 Corvettes and Corvairs. Although he didn’t get to drive his Corvair as he was restoring it, driving his Corvette always made him happy. He enjoyed racing stock cars with his son, working night after night to get it ready and scraping mud and pitting for him during races for almost 20 years.
He is survived by son, Jay; and wife, Katheryn, of Bosque Farms; his daughter, Dana Pellegrino and fiancé, Jesse DouBrava, of Silver City; five grandchildren, Danielle, Anthony and Faith Pellegrino, Emily and Jacob Pape; one sister, Joyce Rasmussen, of Grand Island, Neb.; and three nieces, one nephew and five great-nieces.
A memorial service will be held at the Peralta United Memorial Church, 25 Wesley, Peralta, at 1 p.m., Friday April 25.

Emilio Perea
Died 2014
Emilio Perea, 83, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Sunday, April 20. He was a member of Christian Fellowship in Los Lunas.
He retired from the village of Los Lunas after 38 years of service. Our dad enjoyed being outdoors working on his yard. He liked going camping, fishing and playing with his grandchildren.
Emilio was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 55 years, Sefy Perea; his parents, Juan and Juanita Perea; and his brothers and sisters.
He is survived by his seven children, Gene Perea and his wife, Lucy, Ernie Perea, Lorraine Garcia and her husband, Joe, June Marquez and her husband, Danny, Patsy Edsell and her husband, John, from Texas, Ronnie Perea and his wife, Annette, Anna Montoya and her husband, Marcus, from Jarales; three sisters-in-law, Ramona Montoya, Toni Sanchez and Molly Perea; 19 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
We would like to give special thanks to Gentiva Hospice for their care, guidance and hospitality, as well as his caregivers Maryann Silva and Monica Gallegos.
Memorial services will be held at 9 a.m., Thursday, April 24, at Christian Fellowship, 628 Los Lentes Road, NE, in Los Lunas, with a reception to follow.
Please visit the online guest register for Emilio at  Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St. NE, 565-1700.

James Matthew Porter
Died 2014
James Matthew Porter, age 22, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Monday, April 21.
He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. James was an avid gamer, with a love for computer technology. He was taken from us too soon, but is now in the loving care of our Lord.
James is survived by his mother, Raychel Elaine Porter; father, James Thomas Porter; sister, Beth Robbins Magallanez; brother-in-law, Jesse Magallanez; sister, Audrey Robbins Leopard; brother-in-law, Dustin Leopard; brother, Ryan Porter; nieces, Camryn Medina and Courtney Robbins; and nephew, Franky Medina.
Services will be held at Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel at 1 p.m., Friday, April 25.
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

Brigida Sisneros
Brigida Sisneros, born Sept. 30, 1925, in Abo, N.M., to Lucas Zamora and Vicenta (Baca) Zamora, passed away on Thursday, April 17, at her home in Albuquerque with family at her side.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eliseo; her son, Steven; her parents, two brothers, Fidel and Moises; and her three sisters, Gabina, Elfida and Estella.
She is survived by her sons, Eliseo and his wife, Helene, Dennis and his wife, Martha, Arthur and Robert; her brother, Gilbert; and by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She made friends wherever she and her husband lived, including Abo, Mountainair, Vaughn, Socorro, Belen, San Diego, Calif., and Albuquerque. She worked at home for her family, and her kitchen table offered good food and laughter to her neighbors, friends and family.
She loved vacations and traveling with her husband by train on his railroad pass. They did this together for 50 years. She was a wonderful wife and mother, and will be dearly missed.
A visitation was held at Riverside Funeral Home Los Lunas Chapel on Wednesday, April 23. A final viewing will begin at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, April 24, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church with Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in the Parish Cemetery.
Please visit the online guest register for Mrs. Sisneros at Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St., NE, 565-1700.

Monica Garley Sublett
On April 17, in Menifee, Calif., Monica lost her courageous, 20-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
She was born on July 21, 1965; raised in Belen, graduated from Belen High School and there after married her high school sweetheart (her handsome Marine), Warren Sublett. Monica and Warren would have celebrated their 30th anniversary in September.
Monica loved being a wife and mom, and worked as a teacher’s assistant at her boys’ school. She raised two outstanding young men; her sons, Warren Jr. and Ross Paul.
Many times throughout the years, she was challenged with the responsibilities of running her household on her own, while her husband carried out the duties of a career Marine, which included two tours in the Middle East.
She loved her family dearly and set a beautiful example for her sons, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ross M. Garley; and her father-in-law, Paul Sublett. She was also preceded in death by her grandparents and several aunts and uncles.
Monica is survived by husband, Warren Sublett; sons, Warren Christopher Jr., and Ross Paul; mother, Dolores Garley; mother-in-law, Emily Sublett; her four big brothers, Russell and wife, Stacey, of Abilene, Texas, Donald and wife, Adella, of Belen, Martin, of Albuquerque, and Peter and wife, Martha, of Los Lunas; her brothers-in-law, Joel Sublett, of California, Stewart and Phillip of Belen; 10 nieces and nephews, four great-nieces and nephews, her aunts and uncles, who loved her as their own; and many cousins and friends.
Monica will be laid to rest at the Veterans Cemetery, a proud wife of a career Marine, in Oceanside, Calif., on Tuesday, April 29. A memorial service will be held at a later time in Belen.
“Never has there ever been a most beautiful, nor a more brilliant stone than the one created through Nature’s  most powerful and turbulent storms.”

Martin J. Whiteman
Died 2014
Martin J. Whiteman, age 71, passed away on March 22.
He was a loving father, as well as a fine example of what a pillar of the community can be, from being an educator at the University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus to donating his time at the Manzano School for the handicapped.
He designed web pages, had a degree as a x-ray technician and loved to travel. He was a pioneer in land-leveling technology and received many ribbons for raising and racing greyhounds.
He has fulfilled his life and will be missed by his family and friends.
He is survived by his four children, Chester Whiteman, Cindy Juarez, Cheri Hodgdon and John Whiteman. He had nine grandchildren, Chester Jr. and Brooke Whiteman, Rebecca Whyte, Rachel LaVair, Ruth Pitts, Raymond Donnelly, Holden Hodgdon, Cody McCurdy and Ryan Whiteman. He had three great-grandchildren.
Rest in peace, Martin. You will be missed and remembered by many.