Ruth Cline


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Ruth Cline

Ruth Gloria Cline, 73, of Los Lunas, passed away Saturday Aug. 4, 2018.

Ruth was born July 10, 1945, in Tucumcari, N.M., to the home of Nicolas and Beatrice Aragon(Salas).

Ruth enjoyed spending time outdoors, camping and hiking. She was very active in Jazzercise in her youth. Ruth was an exceptional cook; she hosted many holiday gatherings.

Ruth is preceded in death by her husband, William Cline Sr.; her parents, Nicolas and Beatrice Aragon; brother, Phillip Aragon; stepson, William Cline Jr.; and brothers-in-law, Gilbert Flores, Arthur Chavez Jr. and Isidro Baca.

Ruth is survived by her daughters, Darlene Kuroda (David) and Alice “Kimberly” Merchen (Richard); stepson, Tommy Cline; granddaughters, Rachael, Sarah, Hannah and Erika; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Angie Baca, Lenora Flores, Pauline Aragon, Lucille Baca (Victor), Madeline Aragon, Fay Aragon and Mary Chavez; brothers, Henry Trujillo, Nick Aragon (Priscilla) and Ray Aragon; and an extended family of aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at the Chapel of Direct Funeral Services, 2919 Fourth St. NW, Albuquerque, at 10:30 a.m.,

Thursday, Aug. 23, with Deacon Mike Wesley officiating. Internment will take place at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 24.

Joseph Robert Garcia


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Joseph Robert Garcia

Joseph Robert Garcia, age 75, a resident of Belen, peacefully passed away on, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018.

He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Joseph was a cross country truck driver and iron worker. He was a very strong union member city bus driver.

Joseph served in the Army for three years and became a member of the NRA and DAV.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joe L. Garcia and Frances; brothers, Benny and Frank Garcia.

Joseph is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Cecelia Garcia; children, Lloyd Cano and wife, Betty, and Antoinette Di Maggio; sisters, Rose Montano (Albuquerque), Vangie Arguello (Albuquerque), Lynn and Ernest Baca (Socorro), and Patricia Cabello (Texas); brother, Rudy Garcia; grandchildren, Isaac Cano, Lloyd Jr. and wife, Kaitlin, Donald and Danielle Di Maggio, Brent and Raquel Foster, Melissa and Ryan Bowman, Christina and Nathan Segura, Antoinette and Jerome Jaramillo; and seven great-grandchildren. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Services will be at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Friday, Aug. 24. A visitation will begin at 9 a.m., with a Rosary to be recited at 9:30 a.m., and a Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 11:15 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 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

Ian Jackson


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Ian Jackson

Ian Jackson (aka Jackson) went to be with our Lord and Savior on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2018. He was 35 years old.

Ian loved life, his family and friends. There is not anything he would not do for others. He had a giant heart, and his smile, kindness and generosity warmed the hearts of everyone he came into contact with.

Ian was an avid Atlanta Falcons fan, devoted father, son, brother and uncle, whose absence on this Earth will be greatly missed and remembered.

One scripture Ian found that brought him peace on many occasions is 1st Peter 5:10: “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”

He is survived by his son, Connor Jackson; mother, Susan Jackson; sister and brother-in-law, Heather and Kevin Slack; father and stepmother, David and Gabrielle Jackson; nephews, Kaleb, Kayson and Kyan Slack; niece, Kaverie Slack; halfsisters, Kaitlynn Marin and Ashley Hill; stepsiblings, Jennifer Krom, Stephen and Brian Montoya.

A memorial celebrating Jackson’s life will be held on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. For more information, please contact Susan Jackson at 459-8049. Interment will be in Roswell, N.M.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make donations to Watermelon Mountain Ranch in his name, or you may donate to the Ian Jackson donation fund at Nusenda Credit Union.

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

Jack Jordan


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Jack Jordan

Jack Randall Jordan passed from this life Aug. 13, 2018.

He was born Jan. 23, 1959, in Fort Sumner, N.M. He retired from the United States Air Force and was working at Edwards Air Force Base at the time of his passing.

He loved sports, and in his spare time was a football coach and mentor to his family and players wherever he lived.

Jack was a diehard Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco Giants fan.

Jack is survived by his beloved wife, Jena Kay McCain Jordan; his son, Casey Jordan (Candice); grandchildren, Aislin and Clayton; his daughter, Tracy Jordan; his stepson, Aaron Kugler; and stepdaughter, CJ Kugler; his father, Paris D. Jordan; sister, Jo Thwaits (Dennis); brothers, James Jordan (Cathy) and Jon Jordan (Tracy); and sister, Janna Garcia; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by his mother, Jo Nelle Jordan; and his brother, Jeffrey Jordan.

A celebration of life was observed in California at his favorite place. A private interment will follow at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Max G. Rivera


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Max G. Rivera

Max G. Rivera, age 103, of Santa Rosa, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at his home on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018.

Max was born on Sept. 24, 1914, in Santa Rosa to the home of Catalino Rivera and Natividad (Gutierrez) Rivera. A hard-working young man, Max, at the age of 22, met the love of his life, Dora Moreno, and they were married on Sept. 2, 1937, at Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Santa Rosa.

Together, they raised three sons and one daughter. After 68 years of marriage, Max lost Dora after a battle with cancer in September 2005.

Max was engaged in the construction business as a general contractor at a very young age with his father, Catalino Rivera, before starting his own construction company. When Max obtained his contractor’s license in 1952, he was one of only 1,173 licensed contractors in the state of New Mexico.

During his career, Max was recognized with various awards from numerous contracting agencies for projects completed throughout the state of New Mexico. In addition to his state-wide projects, Max and Company worked on several buildings throughout Santa Rosa, including Saint Rosa of Lima Catholic Church.

In a time of economic adversity, Max was able to succeed and become a successful businessman. After many years of construction projects, Max retired at the age of 72.

A devout Christian, Max dedicated his life to the parish of Santa Rosa de Lima. Max assisted his wife, Dora, in preparing the altar for various holidays and for the annual Fiestas. Together, they spent many days assisting the various priests assigned to Santa Rosa de Lima, while serving on the Parish Council. In his devotion to the Lord, Max was a eucharistic minister to the sick and homebound.

In addition to these roles in the parish, Max was a cursillista and a member of the Society of San Jose. On March 1, 1970, he joined the Knights of Columbus, achieving the rank of fourth degree. Max was recognized for his tireless efforts in supporting the church in 2005 with the Saint Francis of Assisi Award.

Max enjoyed working his cattle ranch and did so, well into his early 90s. In his spare time, he and Dora loved to dance, and he enjoyed playing the guitar with his compadres when they stopped by to visit.

Max is preceded in death by his parents, wife Dora, an infant daughter; Carolina Rivera; son, Alfredo Rivera; son-in-law, Anthony Apodaca; and five brothers and two sisters.

Max is survived by his sons, Max (Patricia) Rivera Jr., of Albuquerque, and Robert (Ida) Rivera, of Santa Rosa; daughter, Cathy Apodaca, of Los Lunas; daughter-in-law, Yolanda Rivera, of Santa Rosa; and his special caregiver, Marcos Salas, of Santa Rosa.

He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and five great great-grandchildren.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary was held on Friday, Aug. 17, from Saint Rose of Lima Catholic Church. The Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Aug. 18, at Saint Rose of Lima, with the Rev. Christopher Bernabe officiating. Interment followed at Saint Joseph Cemetery in Santa Rosa.

Serving as pallbearers were Anthony Rivera, Eric Rivera, Joaquin Rivera, Vincent Rivera, Sam Rivera, Armando Apodaca, Gabriel Apodaca and Estevan Apodaca. Serving as honorary pallbearers were the rest of his grandchildren.

All arrangements have been entrusted to Chavez Funeral Home, 923 S. Third. St., Santa Rosa, NM, 575-472-3369.

George Gene Vallejos


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George Gene Vallejos

George Gene Vallejos went to be with our Lord and Savior, on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018.

He was born in Belen to Alferes Vallejos and Adelaida Jaramillo on Feb. 22, 1934. Gene loved to camp in the mountains and spent the major portion of his life as a cowboy.

He was a member of the Valencia County Sheriff Posse Inc. for 50 years. Gene loved horses and was an influence on many youngsters in the Junior Posse.

He loved his three children dearly. Gene worked as a federal employee at Kirtland Air Force Base and the Department of Agriculture. He also worked for the MRGCD for 15 years. Gene married his wife, Peggy Huber, in 1993.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Adelaida and Alferes Vallejos; daughter, Lucille Vallejos; sister, Florence Uriquidez; and grandson, Adrian Telles.

Gene is survived by his loving wife, Peggy; daughter, Pamela Jaramillo and husband, Gilbert; son, Steve Vajellos and wife, Audrey; sisters, Ramona Chavez and husband, Alfred, Gloria Rogers and husband, Bill, Dorothy Garcia, and Mary Gutierrez of California. He is also survived by Dwayne Huber and Paula Miller; granddaughters, Ashley Martinez and Kimberly Romero and husband, Al; grandson, Steve Vallejos and wife, Danielle; and Raymond Telles, of California; grandchildren, Dexter Huber, Dillon Huber, Eileen Huber, Leah Brown, Dakota Miller and Amanda Miller; and great-grandchildren, Sheyenne and Stevie Vallejos, Tiffany Zuni and Chad Harvey. He will be missed by his family and many friends.

Services were held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Monday, Aug. 20. Interment followed at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Steve Vallejos, Dexter Huber, Gilbert Jaramillo, John Crane, Christopher Torres and Dwayne Huber. Honorary pallbearers will be Al Romero (Kimberly), Dillon Huber, Dakota Miller and Sheriff Posse members.

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

Deacon Reynaldo Rudy Zamora


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Deacon Reynaldo Rudy Zamora

Deacon Reynaldo Rudy Zamora went to Heaven at 1:32 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018.

Born June 18, 1932, in La Junta, Colo., he was the 13th and last surviving child of Telesfor and Paulita Zamora.

Rudy proudly served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. After his service to his country, he attended the University of New Mexico, where he received a bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

He taught mathematics and coached cross country and track and field in Magdalena and in Los Lunas school districts. In 1969, Rudy and Lucille spent one year in EL Salvador, Central America, where he worked for U.S.A.I.D. helping his Salvadorian counter parts translate math curriculum for the teachers at Encuala Normal.

After their return to the states, he joined the staff at Belen High School, where he taught mathematics and coached until his retirement in 1984.

He found his ministry in serving God after attending a Cursillo weekend, which eventually led to his call to the Permanent Diaconate. He was ordained by Archbishop Robert Sanchez on May 30, 1987.

He took to heart the words spoken to him by Archbishop Sanchez when he told him to go and serve God’s people. Rudy served as deacon at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church for 31 years. As deacon, he felt especially called to ministries to the home bound residents at the nursing home in Belen. He led a communion service at the nursing home every Tuesday for 35 years, starting from the time he was in Diaconate formation.

He and Lucille also led the weekends for engaged couples and worked Marriage Enrichments for 30 years. He was spiritual director for the Catholic Daughters of America Court #1359 in Belen, and really enjoyed playing the part of Bartolo in the Pastorela de Belen for many years.

He also served as associate vocation director for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe from 1992 until 2002, and provided pastoral support at Ambercare for several years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years and two months, Lucille Zamora; and by his sons, Matthew Zamora and Daniel Zamora and his fiancé, Raeschell; and his daughter, Bernadette Maldonado and her husband, Mike; grandchildren, Alexander Ashe and his fiancé, Monica, Brian Ashe and his wife, Franki, Tatiana Sonnenberg, Isaac Sonnenberg and Brennan Zamora. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews and his brothers- and sisters-in-law, Orlando Cordova, Alfredo Cordova, Zulema Flores and Robert and Mary Cordova.

Services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. A final viewing will begin at 9 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 23, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be his children and grandchildren, Matthew, Daniel, Bernadette, Mike, Alexander, Monica, Brian, Franki and Tatiana.

Honorary pallbearers are Rosie and Gilbert Chavez, James Montoya, Pete Baca, Horacio Lopez and Frank Esquibel.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens or the charity of your choice in his name.

Rudy was a kind, gentle and loving man. He will be greatly missed. Vaya con Dios, mi vida.

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

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