Ben “Ivan” A. Gabaldon


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Ben “Ivan” A. Gabaldon

Ben “Ivan” A. Gabaldon, age 71, a resident of Belen, passed away peacefully on Oct. 15, 2018.

He was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. Ben served in the Army National Guard for 25 years and retired with an honorable discharge. He worked for the city of Belen and Valencia County until he retired.

Ben is preceded in death by his daughter, Anna Gabaldon; great-grandson, Zachariah Quesada; parents, Edwardo and Leandra Gabaldon; and siblings, Bernard, Jerry, Ruben, Nestor, Lolo, Donicio, Ed Jr. and Dolores Gabaldon.

He is survived by his daughter, Crystal, and son-in-law, Juan Quesada; grandsons, Juanito, Joseph, Justin, Jerry and Morisha, Mark and Martin Fisher; great-grandchildren, Zevah, Jezzeyln and Ariah Quesada, and Sean and Kaylee Quesada; his three brothers, Charles Barham (Cindy), Clarence Gabaldon and Leo Gabaldon; his three sisters, Adela Gonzales (Adrian), Judy Barba (John) and Gloria Sanchez (Richard).

Services will take place on Thursday, Oct. 25, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, beginning with a visitation at 9 a.m., a Rosary to be recited at 10 a.m. and a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Interment will take place following at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.

Please sign Ben’s online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Matilde Gomez

Died 2018

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Matilde Gomez

Matilde Gomez, age 86, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away peacefully on Oct. 21, 2018, while surrounded by loving family and friends.

She retired from the Los Lunas Hospital and Training School after 30 years of health service. Matilda was known to all as “Gomez.” She will be greatly missed for her knowledge, wisdom, love and of course her famous sweet chile rellenos.

Matilde is preceded in death by her loving husband, Orlando Gomez; son, Dennis Gomez; daughter, Loraine Salas; granddaughter, Aimee Jaramillo; great-grandson, Joshua Jaramillo; father and mother, Ramon and Juanita (Perea) Griego; brothers, Justo Chavez and Amador Griego; and sister, Bell Chavez.

She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Gomez Glenn; brothers, Moises (Marina) Griego, Anthony (Jackie) Griego and Charles (Angela) Griego; brothers-in-law, Willie Gomez Jr., Bill R. Story and Robert (Brenda) Gomez; grandchildren, Daniel (Amy) Salas, Jeremy (Eileen) Jaramillo, Ruby (Phillip) Bradshaw, Lindsey (James) Luna, Kristie (Fernandez) Baca and Nicolas Rael; 18 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; her cousin, Emma Gurule; as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Isleta on Friday, Oct. 26, beginning with a Rosary at 10 a.m., a Funeral Mass will follow after the conclusion of the Rosary.

Pallbearers will be her six grandchildren. Internment will follow at a later date, as per her wishes.

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

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Kyla K. Kirk

Kyla K. Kirk


Kyla K. Kirk, 49, was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by Kevin Voss Jr., Kim Voss-Trevino and Chris Voss.

Charlie Carlos J. Otero


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Charlie Carlos J. Otero

Charlie Carlos J. Otero, age 71, a resident of El Cerro, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018.

Carlos attended Los Lunas High School, graduated from New Mexico Highlands University and was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Peralta, where he and his wife, Vickie, were an integral part of the music ministry.

Carlos was an Air Force veteran and served in Vietnam, and is a retired APS teacher. He married Victoria Sedillo in 1970 and they have four children.

After retiring, he continued his love of music and pursued his art, history, poetry and genealogy. As a member of the Spanish Colonial Art Society, he was honored with the 2018 Master Lifetime Achievement Award.

Carlos was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Otero.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Vickie Sedillo Otero; his children, Diego, Carlos, Mario and Victoria; his grandchildren, Joshua, Victoriana and Alainna; his mother, Oralia Otero; siblings, Emilio and Violet Otero, Theresa and Don Murray, Prescilla and Don DiPaolo and Richard Otero.

All services were held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Peralta, with a public viewing and Rosary on Sunday, Oct. 21. A final viewing and Funeral Mass was held Monday, Oct. 22, followed by the burial at Cemetario de la Liberta (Sedillo Cemetery).

Pallbearers were Federico Prudencio, Randy Trujillo, Nicolas Otero, Adan Carriaga, Jerry Montoya, Margarito Mondragon, Felipe Rivera, Charlie Sanchez and Mel Rivera. Honorary pallbearers were the Spanish Colonial artists.

The family requests donations be made in Carlos J. Otero’s name to the Spanish Colonial Arts Society in Santa Fe.

Please sign Carlos’ online tribute at Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Inez V. Otero (Vigil)

Died 2018

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Inez V. Otero (Vigil)

Inez V. Otero (Vigil), age 88, born in Pecos, N.M., and a 67 year resident of Los Lunas, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.

Inez was a wonderful, loving, mother, grandmother and friend to all. She had a special place in her heart for everyone. She loved to cook, bake, sew and spoil her grandchildren. She enjoyed traveling throughout the state camping and fishing with her husband.

Inez was employed by the Los Lunas Schools and worked at Bosque Farms Elementary as a cook. She loved having family gatherings; her family was always a very important part of her life as was her faith and belief in God.

Inez is survived by her children, Pete Otero and wife, Toni, Helen Raff, Theresa Sanchez and husband, Hector, Dorothy Lovato, Vincent Otero III and wife, Katie; grandchildren, Laura Cordova, Antoinette Otero, Rochelle Gomez, Tonia Sanchez, Nicole Flannigan, Marc Lovato, Eric Otero and Veronica Montoya; 38 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great grandchildren; brother, Filimon Vigil; sister, Gloria Barela; sisters-in-law, Susie Otero and Flora Otero; and many nieces and nephews.

Inez was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Vicente Otero; parents, Antonio and Guadalupe Vigil; brothers, Bartolo, Mauvro and Tomas Vigil; sisters, Rose, Nicky and Josephine; sons-in-law, Theodore (Ted) Raff and Willie Lovato; grandsons, Jeffery and Victor Otero, Hector Sanchez II and Ricardo Sena; and great-granddaughter, Delilah Otero.

A visitation and Rosary were held Monday, Oct. 22, at San Clemente Catholic Church in Los Lunas. A final visitation and Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, Oct. 23. A committal service was held at Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jacob Gomez, Vincent Otero, Marc Lovato, Sgt. 1st class Paul Ryan Castillo, Eric Otero and Nathan Castillo. Honorary pallbearers were Marc Lovato Jr., D.J. Otero, Philip Otero and Gabriel Gutierrez.

Please visit to sign the guest book. Arrangements by Gabaldon Mortuary, 1000 Old Coors Dr. SW, 243-7861.

Cynthia “Cyndee” Ann (Terlaje) Tucker

Died 2018

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Cynthia “Cyndee” Ann (Terlaje) Tucker

Cynthia “Cyndee” Ann (Terlaje) Tucker passed away on Oct. 14, 2018.

She was the wife of Ronald D. Tucker (deceased); and is survived by her two daughters, Veronica Tucker and Darcy Wasnock; and her sister, Barbara Terlaje. She has four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

She is the daughter of Petula “Petra” Terlaje and Augusto Terlaje; she was the third of four children, including her sister, Carmen Fowler and Augusto Terlaje Jr. (both deceased).

Cyndee lived in Honolulu, Hawaii, Corpus Christi, Texas, San Diego,Calif., Agana, Guam, New Orleans, La., Vista, Calif., Bremerton, Wash., Belen and finally in Port Angeles, Wash.

She was a graduate of Sweetwater Union High School and San Diego City College for Business. She and Ronald met through her civil service work at the San Diego Naval Station, working for more than 25 years before her retirement at the Bremerton Naval Shipyards.

Cyndee enjoyed working with her hands — crafting, cooking, crochet, gardening.

She will be cremated, according to her wishes.

Harper Ridgeview Funeral Home of Port Angeles and interred at a future date with Ronald’s remains at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

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