Josie Bustamante


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Josie Bustamante

Josie Bustamante passed away peacefully on Sept. 16, 2018, at her home in Belen, surrounded by her loving family.

She lived a long, productive life but the years weighed heavy and, tired, she was ready to go to her rest.

Josie is survived by her husband of almost 71 years, Onesimo Bustamante; six children, Michael (Cheryl), Margaret (Tim), Veronica, Clara (Greg), Edward and Richard.

Josie spent many years being a loving and instructive presence for her 10 grandchildren, Nichole, Carlos, Antonia, Mercedes, Ana, Dimitri, Vincent, Michael, Sam and Gloria, all of whom will miss their grandma deeply. She was sorry she could not spend a little more time with her great-grandchildren, Kamrynn, Dylan, Lola, Decca, her namesake Josie, Asher and Zachary.

Josie was born Antonia Josefa Griego in Sena, N.M., one of 10 children who survived to adulthood. She was the last of her siblings to pass away.

Her Griego ancestors traced their roots in New Mexico to the Oñate expedition of 1598. Possessed of a deep native intelligence, she loved going to school as a youngster. Unfortunately, because of family obligations and prevalent social norms, she was not allowed to continue her formal education as she wanted, a circumstance she felt and regretted her entire life.

By any measure, however, Josie led a resoundingly successful life of service to her family, church and community. (And she took the occasional trip to Europe and Guatemala.)

Josie instilled a love of education and learning in her own children and made sure they all had the opportunity and will to go as far as they wished. All of her children finished post-secondary degrees.

A fierce protector of her family, she was also not afraid to point out when one of us went astray. She was a long-time member of the Franciscan Third Order while living in Grants, and she spent countless hours volunteering at the church and the parish school.

Displaying an unmatched work ethic, Josie worked alongside Onesimo for 30 years at their service station in Grants. Her home was always spotless. (Her devotion to vacuuming bred a loathing of vacuum cleaners in more than one of her children.)

Josie was a great cook; her tortillas and chile were “to die for.” She was a skilled seamstress and loved to crochet.

In retirement, she and Onesimo dedicated themselves to gardening, their grandchildren and keeping up with the news. Josie had a wonderful memory and acted as the extended family’s oral historian. Her passing leaves a void that will not be filled.

The family extends its gratitude to the hospice personnel and daily caregivers who eased her last days. A particular thank you is extended to Mario, her Eucharistic minister, who brought the Blessed Sacrament to Josie at her home for almost two years.

All services will take place on Thursday, Sept. 20, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, beginning with a public viewing 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 immediately following at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.

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

Jose G. Castillo

Died 2018

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Jose G. Castillo

Jose G. Castillo, 81, of Los Chavez, a loving father and grandpa, passed away on Sept. 13, 2018.

Jose, or Joe as some know him by, was known to offer help to anyone who needed it. He loved NASCAR and was a Dale Earnhardt fan. He never missed a race and even had the opportunity to see a few races in person.

He is survived by is wife, Georgia; his son, Joseph and wife, Doreen; grandchildren, Jo Hanna and Joseph Jr.; son, Stephen and wife, Pat; granddaughter, Jazzmyn; brother, Bartolo Castillo and wife, Frances; sister, Nina and husband, Fred Garcia; nephew, Kevin Pena and wife, Emma.

Jose was preceded in death by his wife, Esther J. Castillo; and parents, Jose and Anita Castillo.

A Rosary was recited and a Funeral Mass was held on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church. Interment followed at Sunset Memorial Park.

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Virginia “Mom” Cortez


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Virginia “Mom” Cortez

Virginia “Mom” Cortez, 86, beloved mom and grandma was called to glory on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

She entered this world on Sept. 4, 1932, born to Louisa and Jose Trujillo.

She is survived by her seven children, Eddie Ramirez, of Albuquerque, Toy Moorman, of Grand Junction, Colo., Lu Ramirez, of Albuquerque, Mary Helen (Cheese) Ramirez and husband, Steve, of Albuquerque, Danny Ramirez and wife, Dolores, of Los Lunas, Denise Cortez-Carrillo and husband, Richard, of Albuquerque, and Renee Cortez, of Albuquerque.

Mom was blessed with her 19 grandchildren and her Tori, 38 great-grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren.

She is greeted in heaven by her loving husband of 55 years, Andres “Pop” Cortez; daughter, Josephine Armijo; sister, Betty Cervantes; and brother, Arthur Trujillo.

Everyone who knew her, whether in Los Lunas or Albuquerque, knew her as “mom.” She was the center of our family and spoiled us all with her delicious cooking and fresh tortillas for anyone who visited. She loved and welcomed everyone with open arms. She cherished all her grandchildren with everything she was.

Over the years, mom needed much care. The family would like to thank all those who helped in her care and field trips to the casino. I’m sure she is sending a big hug and thank you down from heaven. Her smile was contagious and will live on in our hearts forever.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 20, at Riverside Funeral Home in Albuquerque. She will be laid to rest at 10 a.m., Friday, Sept. 21, at Fairview Cemetery, with a reception at the family home to follow.

Travis E. Keeney


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Travis E. Keeney

Travis E. Keeney, born in San Antonio, Texas, on May 25, 1944, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Travis is preceded in death by his parents, R.D. and Emma Lucille; first wife, Betty; sisters, Joy Dossey (Howard) and Mary Smith (Preston); sister-in -law, Margie Keeney; nephew, Waylon Keeney; and brother-in-law, Les Rockwell.

He is survived by his loving wife, Ruth; daughters, Gala Parsons (John) and Melanie Arden (Mike); step-daughters, Martha Hamilton (John), Penny Knox (Ray) and Denise Ramsell (Bart); 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Travis is greatly missed. I want to say a big thank you for the kindness and help I received from my son-in-law, Bart Ramsell; grandson, Joshua Ramsell; and granddaughter, Elizabeth (Lizzie) Ramsell, in caring for Travis; to Noblin Funeral Service for their kindness and compassionate consideration for the family and all the friends and family who have called, sent cards and offered their support.

A celebration of life service will be held at a future date.

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

Connie L. Sheline


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Connie L. Sheline

Connie L. Sheline, age 84, a resident of Belen, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018.

She was a member of New Life Fellowship Church for many years.

Connie was preceded in death by her loving husband of 58 years, Paul Sheline; parents, Augustine and Rosa Lopez; brothers, Ray Lopez and Isreal Lopez; sister, Anita Arceniega; granddaughter, Becky Sheline; and great-granddaughter, KyleRae Todd.

She is survived by her son, Mark Sheline; daughters, Sandy Thompson and Katie Serna; stepdaughters, Vickie Tunstall and Patty McCartney; three siblings, Alex Lopez, Virginia Goehrung and Velia (Carol) Lopez. Connie is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild, numerous nieces, nephews and a large number of other family and friends.

All services will be held at New Life Fellowship on Thursday, Sept. 20. A viewing will begin at 10 a.m., followed by a Funeral Service to be celebrated at 11 a.m.

Pallbearers are Richard Todd, Micole, Daniel and Dominic Serna, Chris Adams and Tony Lopez. Honorary pallbearer will be Sandra Piña.

The family would like to send their gratitude to Ambercare, especially Carolyn Jaramillo and Rachel Lopez.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to New Life Fellowship of Belen in her honor.

A graveside service will be held at 12:45 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

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

Adelina “Lena” Solis


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Adelina “Lena” Solis

Adelina “Lena” Solis, age 78, a long-time resident of Barstow, Calif., passed away on Sept. 7, 2018.

She was a member of the bilingual Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Lena was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. Felipe Vallejos and Mrs. Lionires Vallejos; sibling, Benny Vallejos; nephew, Danny Peralta; and niece, Eileen Peralta.

Lena is survived by her loving siblings, sister, Sophie Peralta, sister, Pauline Sanchez and husband, Luciano Sanchez, sister, Eloisa Cordova; brother, Albert Vallejos and brother, Ernesto Vallejos.

Lena is also survived by her many loving nieces and nephews, cousins, friends and church family.

Lena loved her church, bingo and cooking for others. She was known by many as always being a very kind-hearted, generous woman. She will also be remembered for her great wit and sense of humor.

Services were held on Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Lena’s family would like to thank everyone for their compassion, support and love during their time of need.

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