Deaths and funerals (05/22/14)


Mateo John David
Died 2014
Mateo John David passed peacefully in mommy and daddy’s arms and went into the arms of Jesus on Sunday night, May 18.
We welcomed our precious son Mateo at 4:05 p.m., Thursday, May 15. He weighed 3 pounds, 12 ounces and was 18-inches long.
Daddy and Mommy are Jason and Kim Baca David of Albuquerque; his big sister is 2-year old Ariana David; his maternal Papa and Nana are Pat and LuAnn Baca, of Belen; his paternal Grandpa and Grandma are John David and Christy Cooke, of Hudsonville, Mich.; his aunts and uncles are Daniel and Yvette Driscoll, of Los Lunas, Patrick S. Baca and fiance, Su Medina, of Albuquerque, and Julie and Jack Gahagan, of Coopersville, Mich.; his cousins are Kati, Haylee, Miley Driscoll and Rae and Liam and Walter Gahagan.
At the 20th week of pregnancy, doctors informed us that Mateo had a very rare medical condition known as Trisomy 18, or Edward’s Syndrome. Trisomy 18 is a condition with a 95 percent stillborn rate and several physical abnormalities affecting the major organs.
From the beginning, we knew that we were going to honor God’s miracle of life. We wanted to give our son every opportunity to fulfill his purpose in this world. Mateo was a fighter from the start. He defied the odds by making it to term, surviving the birth and living for four days. Considering he had severe heart defects, his four days in this world were miraculous. Mateo you are awesome!
Mateo, you were Ariana’s “little buddy” and she knew you were going to play with Jesus. You were Mama’s little baby and Dada’s baby boy. You were a blessing to your entire family and loved ones, who prayed for you every day. You are perfect and at home now in heaven. We know that the moment you left our arms, you were in the arms of Jesus. You go play now. (2 Corinthians 5:8 – (8) “We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”)
Services will be held at Calvary Chapel Rio Grande Valley in Belen at 11 a.m., Friday, May 23. The burial will follow and take place at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.
A reception will follow the burial at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church Parish Hall.
Sign Mateo’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main Street, Belen.

Salvatore “New Yorker” Marretta
Salvatore “New Yorker” Marretta, age 84, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, May 11.
He was a member of the Democrat Club, and was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus. He retired from the city of New York after 25 years of service to Dunedin, Fla. He then moved out to New Mexico to be with his grandchildren, who he loved to spoil, and his daughter and son-in-law.
He loved the New York Yankees and the New York Giants.
Salvatore was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Kathleen Marretta.
He is survived by his only child, Cathie Pike and husband, Richard; three grandchildren, Ryan, James and Katie; brothers, Carl Marretta and John and wife, Fran Marretta; sister, Rose Marie Karpeles; and sisters-in-law, Eleanor Melos and Jean Marretta.
God Bless America. God Bless my Daddy.
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

Benjamin Martinez
Benjamin Martinez, age 82, a resident of Belen, passed away on Wednesday, May 14.
He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 81. Benjamin graduated from Mosquero High School and attended St. Joseph College in Albuquerque. He retired from the United States Postal Service after many years of outstanding service.
Benjamin proudly served in the Unites States Army during the Korean War. Benjamin was a loving father, brother, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be truly missed.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Adolfo and Felicita Lovato Martinez; and brother, Fred.
Benjamin is survived by his loving children, Benjamin, Phillip and wife, Mary, and Rita and husband, Troy Tyree; brothers, Fidenco and wife, Alicia, Ermino, and Fernando and wife, Gloria; sisters, Rose Ambrogi and Sinfer Rael. He is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
All services will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, May 22, beginning with a viewing at 10 a.m. with a Funeral Service to be held at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 2:15 p.m.
Pallbearers will be Ben, Phillip and Carlos Martinez, Manuel and Rick Sandoval and Nathon Cotinola.
Sign Benjamin’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Scott A. Pacinelli
Died 2014
Scott A. Pacinelli, 49, of Belen, passed away on May 9.
Scott loved the outdoors and NASCAR. He will be missed by many.
He is survived by his mother, Eileen Pacinelli; brothers, Chuck Pacinelli and Robert Pacinelli and wife, Tammy; sister, Denise Klein and husband, David; two sons, Scotty Godla and Angelo Godla; and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, May 24, at Calvary Chapel Rio Grande Valley.
Please visit the online guest registry for Scott at Arrangements are entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home of Los Lunas, 820 Main St. NE, 565-1700.

Rita Vigil Velasquez
Rita Vigil Velasquez, born in Española on Jan. 31, 1942, went home to be with the Lord on May 17.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Joe F. Velasquez.
She is survived by two sons, Robert Serrano and wife, Thi Thu Van Nguyen, and Anthony Serrano; three daughters, Billie Alberti and husband, Edwin, Betty Vigil and Delfina Velasquez; step daughter, Sally Velasquez; three brothers, Eloy Vigil and wife, Genara, Lawrence Vigil and Raymond Vigil and wife, Evelyn; two sisters, Clorinda Vigil and Julia Gonzales and husband, Melvin; 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, neighbor and friend. She will be greatly missed.
A visitation and Rosary were held on Wednesday, May 21, in the Frank A. Salazar Chapel at Salazar Mortuary. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m., Thursday, May 22, at the Holy Family Catholic Church, 562 Atrisco Dr. SW. Burial will follow at the San Jose de Armijo cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Raymon Vigil, Lawrence Vigil, Pepe Jose Borjas, Dominic Hernandez, Michael Serrano and Jose Torres. Honorary pallbearer will be Edwin Alberti.
Please visit Rita’s online guestbook at Salazar Mortuary, 400 Third St. SW, 242-1133.

Zinzie B. Taylor
Zinzie B. Taylor, age 90, a resident of Rio Communities, passed away on Wednesday, May 14.
She was a member of the German Pioneer Club, AARP Society and a past chairwoman of the Republican Party. She loved her special cat, Thomas. Zinzie will always be missed and remembered in our prayers.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jackson and Pauline Schaufel Taylor.
Zinzie is survived by her good and close friends, Tony and Oralia Garcia.
No services are scheduled at this time. Sign Zinzie’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main Street, Belen.