Deaths and funerals (06/26/14)


Frances L. Farber
Frances L. Farber, passed from her life here on earth on June 18, 2014, to join her late husband, Harry, in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Harry and Fran were married for 67 years. Fran was born on Oct. 7, 1926, in Paducah, Ken., and began a life of challenges and adventures. As a military wife and devoted mother of three children, she shepherded her family as they were stationed on Air Force bases all around the world.
She lived the fullness of life, with interests that ranged from tennis champion, avid reader, photographer and devoted Christian.
Fran is survived by three children, Howard Farber, Doug Farber and Cheryl McIlvain, the latter of whom provided loving care and support during the last years. She has one surviving brother, Bud Freeman; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many dear friends, both locally and around the world.
A funeral service was held on Tuesday, June 24, at the Valley Lutheran Church with Rev. Ken Vogler officiating. She will be buried at Sante Fe National Cemetery beside her loving husband of 67 years.
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

Levi Alejandro Montoya
Levi Alejandro Montoya, age 15, of Farmersville, Ohio, passed away, Thursday, June 5.
He was born in Dayton, Ohio, on March 1, 1999; the son of Christy L. (Black) and Luciano “Lucky” P. Montoya. Levi celebrated his first Holy Communion at Our Lady of Good Hope Church and was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church.
He was the Star FFA award winner of the Valley View freshman class and was serving as sentinel. He was president of the KNL 4-H Club; was an Ohio 4-H ambassador and had earned his Green Hand Award. Levi was also a VVHS freshman class officer and played on the football team.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his older brother, Bailey Montoya; his grandparents, Gary and Diane Black of Brookville, Ohio, and Jerry and Rosemary Montoya, of Belen; his aunts and uncles, Tim and Amy Black of Portland, Ore., Jerry and Linda Black of Union, Ohio, Mario Montoya and Santiago and Randie Montoya, all of Belen; his Godparents, Leonard and Cassandra Otero, of Albuquerque, and Todd and Lisa Kozarec of Farmersville, Ohio; and numerous special cousins.
The family received friends for a Rosary Prayer Service on June 10 at Our Lady of Good Hope Catholic Church in Miamisburg, Ohio, where Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, June 11, with Fr. Thomas A. Nevels, celebrant. Burial was held at Trissel Cemetery, New Lebanon.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Levi Montoya Memorial Fund at the First National Bank of Germantown.
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Raymond G. Moore
Raymond G. Moore, age 84, a resident of Belen, passed away at home, surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, June 21, 2014.
All services were held at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel on Tuesday, June 24. Interment, with military honors, will be held at a later date in Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
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Ernie Padilla
Ernie Padilla, age 51, passed away on Sunday, June 22, 2014.
He was born in Phoenix, Ariz., on Oct. 14, 1962, and was a resident of Los Lunas since 1974. He loved the outdoors, walking and time with his family.
He was adored by his nieces and nephews, and everyone who knew him, could tell you stories of his kindness.
He was proceeded in death by his father, Eloy Padilla Sr.; and nephews, Michael Montiel and Baby Jaime Andujo.
Ernie is survived by his mother, Rosemary Padilla; his brother, Eloy Padilla and his wife, Hue; his brother, Sam Padilla; his sister, Yolanda Vialpando and her husband, Mike; his sister, Barbara Chambers and her husband, Norman; his brother, Troy Padilla and his wife, Tammy; his sister, Marcy Gonzales and her husband, Mike; and many loving nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, June 27, at the Westside Family Chapel in Los Lunas, 601 Main St. NE, 866-0621.
Arrangements are being handled by Riverside Funeral Home, 565-1700.

William Taylor Stone Jr.
William “Bud” Taylor Stone Jr., age 84, passed away on June 18, 2014, after a short illness.
He was born on Feb. 20, 1930, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Mr. and Mrs. William Stone Sr. Bud attended school at Castle Heights Military Academy in Tennessee and attended the University of Wyoming.
He served in the United States Navy before opening his own company, Belen Sand and Gravel, from which he retired in 2004. Bud was a member of Belen Rotary Club as well as a pilot and member of AOPA.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Virginia Lorane McLeroy; and niece, Betty Langel.
Bud is survived by his wife of 51 years, Jean; two children, Mikel Stone (Sue) and Debra Gardner (husband, Mack); four grandchildren, Erek Stone, Whitley Stone, Dakota Garner, Mackenzie Gardner; two cousins, Charlene Tolzine and Lee Tolzine.
A memorial service was held on Monday, June 23, at the First Baptist Church in Belen. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the New Mexico Boys Ranch,
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

Maurice A. Thomas
Maurice A. Thomas, age 29, was born in Oak Park, Ill., on Sept. 14, 1984, and then moved with his parents to Peoria, Ill., where he lived until 2003.
He then enlisted in the Marine Corps and served as an infantryman in Iraq until his discharge. After discharge from the service, he followed his family to Los Lunas in 2005.
He loved his new home in New Mexico and the pretty women he found here. He commented that the sun always seemed to shine in New Mexico and so did the beauty of its women.
Maurice’s favorite activities were lifting weights at the Main Street Muscle and Fitness Center in Los Lunas, and going to parties and having an all-around good time. On Aug. 4, 2006, he married Moriah Johnson in Los Lunas and then moved back to Peoria.
Unfortunately, his marriage ended in divorce and after a few short years, he returned to Los Lunas, where he lived until his death on June 21, 2014.
Maurice worked as a line cook at Pappadeaux’s Restaurant in Albuquerque and was proud of his employment there and the cooking skills he developed. When measured by the standards of this world, he was not very successful and made many mistakes, but he will be greatly missed by his family and friends who loved him.
His memory will continue to live on through his loving parents, Terry and Delores Thomas; sister, Laura Whitney, all of Los Lunas. Additional survivors include aunt, Veronica Yzeta, and uncle, Jorge Yzeta, both of Los Lunas; aunt, Lina, and uncle, Arnie Perez, of Holland, Mich.; one niece, Koreena Lundeen; three nephews, Kyle Lundeen, Michael Whitney and Ryan Whitney, all of Los Lunas.
Viewing for the public will at 10 a.m., Friday, June 27, with services beginning at 11 a.m. at Noblin Funeral Services, 2211-D Main St. SE, Los Lunas. The family invites you to join them immediately after services for a memorial luncheon at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 700 Camelot Blvd., Los Lunas.
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