Deaths and funerals (07/24/14)


Vicky Rae Anderson
Vicky Rae Anderson, daughter of Dawn and husband, Glenn Callander, and the late Raymond Anderson, passed away at her home Monday, July 14, 2014.
She was born June 15, 1955, in Mora, Minn., the oldest of four children. She was baptized and later confirmed in the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church. She attended school in Illinois, Minn., California and Nebraska, graduating in 1973 from Hayes County High School, Hayes Center, Neb. She attended school at Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Neb.
After working a few years, she joined the Air Force. She excelled in the service and was Airman of the Year in 1984. She was honorably discharged for health reasons but continued to serve her country as a contractor for the Air Force. Her failing health caused her to retire in 2009.
She was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Anderson; sister, Paula Shane; and nephew, Ian Shane.
Vicky is survived by her parents, Dawn and husband, Glenn Callander; brother, Dan V. Anderson; sister, Ann and husband, Brad Kirkpatrick; and many nieces and nephews and their families.
Memorial services are being held at Kirtland Air Force Base Chapel at 2 p.m., Friday, June 25. If not Air Force personnel, call Ann Kirkpatrick, 505-869-6795, to be placed on the entry access list to come onto the base to attend the service.
Sign Vicky’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Benjamin R. Barnes
Benjamin R. Barnes, age 72, a resident of Belen, lost his three-year battle with lung cancer on Monday, July 21, 2014, while surrounded by his family at home.
He was born in Magdalena to James E. Barnes and Roberta O. Field. Ben proudly served his county in the United States Marines. He came home to serve his community.
Ben gave 42 years of service to the Belen Fire Department. Ben served as a lieutenant, captain, chief and assistant chief. He continued his fire service as a fire inspector and radiological defense officer.
Ben deeply believed in serving Belen by becoming the first Civil Air patrol officer of search and rescue which was established by his father, James, in the 1960s. He was also a Valencia County sheriff’s deputy, patrolling local dance halls for 17 years. He was also a conductor for the Santa Fe Railroad for 22 outstanding years.  For fun, he worked as a foreman at the Rio Grande Amusements.
He was preceded in death by his father, James E. Barnes; and children, Leroy Linder, Leatha Sachs, Oscar Linder Jr. and Gloria (Nina) Linder; and his eldest brother.
Benjamin is survived by his mother, Roberta Field, of Nevada; daughters, Roberta (Bobby Jo) and husband, Miguel Nunez, Vanita Wade of Belen and Debbie Casias of Albuquerque. He is also survived by two brothers, three sisters, 12 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; along with his fire department brothers and sisters. He is also survived by numerous loving family members.
All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, beginning with a viewing at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 24, with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. A final viewing will be held at 9 a.m., Friday, July 25, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. with Father Stephen Schultz presiding. Interment will be held at a later date.
Pallbearers will be Joshua Sachs, Christopher Williams, Jason Sachs, Frank Zamora, Rudy Zamora and Randy Maner. Honorary pallbearers will be Miguel Nunez and Gary Thomas.
Sign Ben’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Alice “Alicia” Blea
Died 2014
Alice “Alicia” Blea, 96, a lifelong resident of New Mexico, passed away gently and quickly on Monday, July 21, 2014.
She is survived by her sons, Davi Henley y Blea and wife, Ester Luffman-Henley, Lloyd S. Tapia and wife, Joyce; 10 grandchildren, Gene and wife, Kathy, Mark and wife, Cathy, Dean and wife, Liz, Leonard and wife, Edna, Maria, Lisa and partner, Roxanne, Steve, Maria and husband, Juan, Lloyd J. and wife, Antoinette, Monique and husband, Daniel; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and brother, Librado “Libby” Blea.
Alice was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Cordova; and long-time friend, Alex Lucero; parents, Alcario and Ricardita Blea; brother, Rosendo Blea; and great-granddaughter, Laila Rose.
Mrs. Blea was very active at the Los Lunas Senior Center, and she worked as a foster grandparent for five years. Alice worked at Regina Hall at St. Joseph’s Hospital, a dormitory for nurses, and at the Maytag TB Center at Presbyterian.
A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 24, at French-University, 1111 University Blvd., Albuquerque. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Friday, July 25, at Santuario San Martin de Porres, 8321 San Martin SW. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Gene Henley, Mark Henley, Dean Henley, Leonard Henley, Steve Tapia and Daniel Ramirez. Honorary pallbearers will be Lloyd J. Tapia and Maria Henley.
Please visit the online guestbook for Alicia at

Stephen Lee Bush
Stephen Lee Bush, age 66, a resident of Bosque, passed away on Friday, July 18.
He retired from the United States Air Force.
Stephen was preceded in death by his father, Richard Northcutt; mother, Charlene Goode; and his wife, Gloria Marmolejo.
He is survived by his sister, Marsha Snellenbarger; brother, Tom Northcutt; son, Steve Bush; daughter, Teresa Derrick; daughter-in-law, Angel Butler; son-in-law, Donald Derrick; grandchildren, Carmen Bush, Dustin Foreman, Mark Torres, Maria Derrick, Sabrina Derrick and Kaylynn Foreman.
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

Sydney Bustamante
Sydney Bustamante, age 80, a resident of Belen, peacefully passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2014.
Sydney is survived by her husband of 30 years, Leroy Bustamante; daughters, Cynthia and son-in-law, Greg, and Veronica; sons, Mark, Russell, Lawrence, Merle and daughter-in-law, Joanne. Sydney has many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son, Steven.
Sydney was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She will be greatly missed by everyone.
Services will be held at Romero Funeral Home in Belen on Friday, July 25, starting with a visitation at 6:30 p.m. and funeral service to begin at 7 p.m. Interment will be at a later date.
Sign Sydney Bustamante’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Dolores Cordova
Dolores Cordova, age 74, a lifelong resident of Belen, passed away on Sunday, July 20.
She was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, a loyal and loving wife and mother. She loved her family deeply as well as her faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Lugarda Maestas; siblings, Lupe Gurule, Leo Maestas, Loretta, Sam Maestas, Joe Maestas, Raymond Maestas and Abelicio Maestas.
Dolores is survived by her husband of 51 years, Johnny Cordova; six children, Gilbert and wife, Liz, Robert and wife, Vianey, Philip, Steven and wife, Chrissy, Leonard and wife, Cresta, and Renee and husband, Carlos; 15 grandchildren, Brad and wife, Esther, John, Lynette, Marina, Jayden, Katie, Esther, Joshua, Roma, Riley, Lawrence, Terence, Andrea, Annalicia and Adrianna; seven great-grandchildren, Braedyn, Brenden, Nevan, Arianna, Devan, Marilyn and Olivia; two brothers, Johnny Maestas and wife, Niela, and Frank Maestas and wife, Micky; and many nieces and nephews.
Services were held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church Wednesday, July 23, followed by interment at Santa Fe National Cemetery at a later time.
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

Lupe Bernadette (Padilla) Dragich
The morning of July 14, the angels came to Lupe and took her to her heavenly home to be united with her father, Celso; brother, Michael; grandparents, Estanislado and Beatrice Padilla and Albert and Josie Baca.
She is also preceded in death by her uncles, Rueben Baca, Phil Sapien and Ray Baca; aunts, Curzita Gabaldon, Priscilla Baca, Viola Baca and Vicky Baca.
Those left to mourn her are her children, Nicole Aragon and Joe Aragon; grandsons, Antonio Aragon and Orion Peterson; mother, Dolores Padilla; sister, Yolanda (Howard) Hall; brothers, Ricardo Padilla and Miguel Gonzales; nephew, Don Beggs and children, Evina and Adam; niece, Eleanor (Jimmy) Cain and their children, Keely, Muriel and Logan; aunts, Romanita Baca, Virginia Sapien and Anna Mae Baca and many extended family members and friends.
Lupe was a member of the Belen High School Class of 1977. She attended TVI, and was employed by the Albuquerque Journal, Alco in Belen and Spears in Idaho.
She was a very creative person and loved arts and crafts. She made quilts and afghans for her family. Loop loved to read, especially her Bible. During the weekends, she hit the yard sales and thrift stores, mostly looking for books or her latest treasure. She shared her latest book titles with her mom and sister.
A memorial service will be held in Idaho on July 26. A Mass of Resurrection will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 31, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. Interment will be at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
A reception will be held after the services at Our Lady of Belen Parish Center.

Tonya Marie (Herrera) Gabaldon
Tonya Marie (Herrera) Gabaldon, age 38, passed away in Oklahoma City, Okla., formerly of Belen, on July 12, 2014.
Tonya is preceded in death by her mother, Edna Tedford, in 2008, and father, Freddie Herrera Sr., in 1996.
Tonya is survived by her loving son, Timmy Urtiaga, 12, of Belen; brothers, Freddie Guzman and husband, Vincent, of Denver, Colo., Vincent Trujillo and wife, Robin, of Stroud, Okla., Fernando Herrera and wife, Bernadette, of Albuquerque, and Rodney Herrera and wife, Sandra, of Dallas, Texas; her loving sister, Victoria Price and husband, Michael, of Stroud, Okla.; sisters, Michele Peralta, of Albuquerque, and Sara Herrera, of Jarales.
Cremation has taken place, and Tonya will be put in her final resting place by her mother at Sandia Memory Gardens in Albuquerque at a later date. Tonya is finally at peace with the angels, where she can look over her pride and joy, her son, Timmy.

Charles C. Knibbs. Jr.
Charles C. Knibbs Jr., age 77, a resident of Belen, joined our heavenly father on Monday, July 14.
He was born to parents, Charles C. and Marguerite (Birchenough) Knibbs, May 23, 1937, in Wayne, N.J., where he was raised. He attended all his schools there, and graduated from Wayne High School.
Although he was accepted into college, he chose to join the USAF instead. He loved the challenge of his job as a crew chief and the world travel the Air Force allowed him. He retired in 1976 as a master sergeant after proudly serving more than 20 years.
Charlie was an avid hunter and fisherman as well as an accomplished builder and flyer of remote controlled airplanes. He was also a member of the NRA.  He will be missed by those who knew and loved him.
He was preceded  in death by his wife, Lourdes Knibbs; parents, Charles and Marguerite Knibbs; youngest son, Wayne Anthony Knibbs; and his best friend and brother-in-law, Don Stienstra.
He is survived by his daughter, Karen (Jim) Vejrostek, of Cheyenne, Wyo.; son, Vernon (Sherry) Knibbs, of  R.A.F. Croughton, England; daughter, Denise (Farrel) McKay, of Belen; his best friend and mother of his children, Valerie June Wilde, of Los Lunas; sisters, Doris Stientra and Carol (Bill) Wilderson of Wayne, N.J.; 13 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 12:45 p.m., Tuesday, July 29.
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

Mark Ambrose Santistevan
Beloved father, brother and son,  Mark Ambrose Santistevan, was born in Springer, N.M., to Dorothe and Pete Santistevan, slightly premature, but a fighter, and he left this life the same way: Prematurely, but demonstrating all the strengths that he was endowed with.
He excelled in math and science and had a keen sense of observation and intellect. Always active in his own education, he continued to pursue his passion of physics throughout his life.
Mark served honorably in the U.S. Army from 1975-1978, and then graduated with honors from New Mexico Highlands in 1982 with a double major in math and physics.
He was a talented jeweler and woodcarver as well, who employed mathematically precise geometries to create beautiful furniture and religious artwork. His work is on display at Sangre de Cristo Catholic Church in Peralta and at the Móntez Gallery in Truchas, N.M.
He is survived by his first wife, Robin Caldwell; second wife, Ellen Santistevan; and all his children, Lauren and husband, Ryan, Janis, John, Margareta, Dorothe and fiancé, Dan, and Mark Jesús; grandchildren, Phillip Martinez and Miguel and Liana Fernandez; father, Pete Santistevan Sr.; siblings, Peter, Anna and husband, Paul LeFebre, Ellen and husband, LeRoy Salazar, Patrick and wife, Judy, and Matthew and wife, Brigette; sister-in-law, Christina Santistevan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brothers, Paul, Michael and Myron; and sister, Patricia.
A private family celebration of Mark’s life will be held at a future date.
Thank you to Riverside Funeral Home for guiding us gently through these dark days.

Robert F. Schleicher II
Robert F. Schleicher II, age 86, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away in his home on Wednesday, July 16.
He was a member of the VFW and Masonic Lodge in Huntington, Ind., the National Contract Management Association, earning his CPMC designation and Fellow Awards and a long time Baptist.
On May 12, 1928, Robert was born in Ann Arbor, Mich., to Robert and Marian Schleicher. He was educated there and upon graduating from its high school, entered the U.S. Navy at the age of 17, serving in China and Japan during WWII.
After completing his naval enlistment, he returned to Ann Arbor before attending Tri-State College in 1949. On July 2, 1950, he married Ada R. Freed of Corunna, Ind. In 1951, he graduated from TSC with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. In 1971, he obtained his master’s degree in Business from New Mexico State University.
Most of his adult life was spent in the field of federal procurement, either working for the government or industry, dealing with contract management.  He retired from the federal government in Albuquerque in 1988.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Marian Schleicher; and daughter, Roberta Carbajal.
He is survived by his wife, Ada Schleicher; two daughters, Carole Caswell and husband Robert, of Los Lunas, and Christine Roath and husband, Mark, of Granbury, Texas; seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and sister, Christine Hutchinson, of Camano Island, Wash.
Services were held at First Baptist Church of Los Chavez on Saturday, July 19,  officiated by Brother Boyd Morerod and Dr. Mark Roath.
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

Mildred M. “Millie” Schlipf  
Mildred M. “Millie” Schlipf, 79, a longtime Belen resident, died Thursday, July 10, after a brief illness.
Millie, a vibrant personality in the community, first moved to Belen from Florida in 1993. Born Feb. 17, 1935, in Brooklyn, N.Y., Millie was the widow of the late retired New York police detective, Thomas C. Schlipf.
Before moving to New Mexico, she worked many years as a bookkeeper and was also the head of transportation for the Cold Spring Harbor School District in New York.
Millie was active in several clubs in the Belen community, including the German-American Club, Moose Lodge, VFW and the senior center.
Millie is survived by her two daughters, Catherine Correal and Donna Finkell.