Debra Rosemary Almaraz


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Debra Rosemary Almaraz

Debra Rosemary Almaraz, age 59, a resident of Albuquerque, our beloved wife and mommy, entered into eternal life on the Feast Day of St. Maria Goretti, July 6, 2020.

She was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Rio Rancho.

Debra is preceded in death by her parents, Fernando and Petrita Tafoya.

She is survived by her loving husband, Eric Almaraz; children, Trishae and Mark Furmanek and Denae Almaraz; brothers and sisters, Joe and Adolf Tafoya, Violet Humphrey, Veronica Kissane and Ida Muldrow.

A viewing and a Rosary were held on Tuesday, July 14, at Romero Funeral Home Chapel. A Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, July 15, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, in Rio Rancho, followed by interment at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.

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

Ana Ramírez De Caraveo

1929 -2020

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Ana Ramírez De Caraveo

Ana Ramírez De Caraveo, 91 años, nacida en Cerro Prieto, México.

Ella era residente de Meadow Lake. Ana falleció pacíficamente el martes 7 de julio de 2020.

Le precedieron en la muerte su amado esposo de 38 años, Rafael Caraveo; padres, Isabel Ramírez y Nicacia (Coss); hermano, Elfido Castillo Coss; hermana, Consuelo Ramirez Coss.

A Ana le sobreviven sus hijos, Manuela Caraveo, Isabel Caraveo y Rubén Morales Ramírez; e hijas, Edelmira Caraveo, Crecensia Caraveo, Nicacia Caraveo y Elia Palacios. También le sobreviven muchos nietos y bisnietos.

Se realizará una visita el sábado 11 de julio de 2020 en Romero Funeral Home Chapel, seguido de un funeral a las 2 p.m.

Firme el homenaje en línea de Ana en Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Mario Hernandez


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Mario Hernandez

Mario Hernandez, age 64, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2020.

He was born Feb. 3, 1956, in Colonial de Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Mario lost his battle to IV pancreatic cancer, after fighting the disease for three years. He lived a comfortable life, only suffering from not being able to eat the last two months; and Mario loved to eat!

Upon graduating from Deming High School, Mario joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He was an amazing mechanic in Albuquerque; he worked for J.R. Hale and Albuquerque Asphalt. Thank you, both companies for being good to Mario.

He was an incredible man, who will not soon be forgotten and be forever missed.

Mario is preceded in death by his parents, Antonio and Benita Hernandez; and sisters, Angela Hernandez and Hortencia Camerena.

He is survived by his wife, Roberta R. Hernandez; son, Jason Johnson (Francesca); grandson, Efren (Bubba) Romero; and granddaughters, Jasmyn and Olivia Johnson.

Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., 866-9992.

Toby Jaramillo


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Toby Jaramillo

Toby Jaramillo, age 78, born in Belen, and a long-time resident of Socorro, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 6, 2020.

He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Ermelinda Jaramillo; and his parents, Margarito and Ramona Jaramillo.

Toby is survived by his children, Theresa (Pat) Sanchez, Berna Jaramillo, Mary (Robert) Armijo, Roberta (Daniel) Sanchez, Toby Michael (Cecelia) Jaramillo and Liz Jaramillo; grandchildren, Mario (Gabby), Luz (Justin), Arianna, Brianna, Jessica (Travis), Jerad and husband, William, Alyssa, Marissa, Veronica (Josh), Daniel, Esai, Eliana, Emilio, Gabriel and Josiah; great-grandchildren, Lilyana, Kamilah, Juliette, Isla, Grace, Vance, Sophie and Joshua; sisters, Nila Baker, Dina (Jim) Paulik; brothers, Ruben (Becky) Jaramillo, Steve (Dinah) Jaramillo and Andrew (Louanna) Jaramillo.

Toby served six years in the Army National Guard and was stationed at Fort Ord. He was also a successful businessman, and for many years, the owner of Tre-Mart Lumber.

Toby served as a Socorro County commissioner for four years and as a Socorro City Council member for the last seven years. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Toby was well known for his love of music and service to his community.

On Dec. 19, 2019, he celebrated with family and friends, Toby’s 50th Annual Christmas Food Drive, serving more than 300 families in December and more than 60,000 Christmas meals over the years. Toby loved his friends, who, year after year, worked alongside him to coordinate this event. He believed that the food drive brought the community and families together to celebrate the true meaning of serving others.

Toby and Ermie were happily married for 52 years. Throughout their marriage, they were active members of the Catholic Church and the Spanish Choir at the following churches, St. Ann’s Catholic Church, in Albuquerque, San Antonio Catholic Mission, in San Antonio, and San Miguel Catholic Mission, in Socorro, where they served as directors of the Spanish Choir for 30 years. Toby and Ermie cherished their friends who sang alongside them. They were well known and respected in the church and community of Socorro.

They served their community with great love and joy and both were true servants of the Lord. The Archdiocese of Santa Fe awarded Toby and Ermie with the St. Francis of Assisi Award for their dedicated years of service to the church and their community.

Thank you, Dad, for all of the beautiful memories, life lessons, love and devotion that you gave our family. Thank you for showing us how to serve others. We will miss you dearly and will cherish the time God allowed us to share with you!

Due to social gathering restrictions, private services were held both in Socorro and Belen. An escorted vehicle procession was held in Socorro to honor Toby’s service to the community.

Pallbearers were Mario Jaramillo, Travis McBride, Daniel Sanchez, Josh Lubold, Esai Jaramillo, Gabriel Valerio, Josiah Valerio and Emilio Jaramillo.

Giving to others was important to Toby. The family has set up the Toby Jaramillo Share a Meal, Share the Love GoFundMe page. You can donate at: Toby Jaramillo Share a Meal Share the Love Fund. All proceeds from this page will be donated to the Puerto Seguro Safe Harbor, Inc., and Socorro Store House in Socorro.

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

Joan Lovato Romero

1935 -2020

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Joan Lovato Romero

Joan Lovato Romero, 84, passed away on July 10, 2020, surrounded by her loving children.

She was born in July 1935, in Mount Taylor, N.M., moved with her parents to Los Lunas as a little girl and graduated from Los Lunas High School.

Joan was the daughter of the late Eleanor Diaz and Luciano Lovato. She married Clemente Romero and made Tomé her home for the rest of her life. Joan worked at the Los Lunas Hospital and Training School for 30 years, where so many coworkers became family. She was an active member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomé.

Joan took pride in hosting Las Posadas in her home and making her delicious food for many who attended. She had an infectious cheerful personality and a love for life like no other. Joan loved climbing El Cerro de Tomé, cooking, spending time with her family, trips to Las Vegas, Nev., and she enjoyed working in the yard.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Eleanor Diaz and Luciano Lovato; the father of her children, Clemente Romero; son, Alfred “Freddy” Romero; sisters, Ellen Place and Mary McCarroll; and brothers, Benny Valenzuela and Robert J. “Bobby” Valenzuela.

Joan is survived by her daughters, Barbara A. Baca (Felix C. Baca) and Rosemarie Romero (Sal Sanchez); her sons, Clem Romero Jr. (Stella Romero) and Paul A. Romero; sisters, Shirley Gowens and Diana Ray (Marty Ray); brother, Lawrence Valenzuela (Maria Valenzuela); grandchildren, Carlo (Jennifer), Andrea, Tiffany (Manny), Janelle Monique (Daniel), Dana, Dawn, Darlene (Todd), Ryan, Anthony (Ellie), Savannah, SeanPaul and Chantel; and great-grandchildren, Hugh, Clover, Jeromey, Kayden and Giovani. She is also survived by loving in-laws, nieces, nephews and countless life-long friends.

Because of COVID-19, services will be for family only. A Mass celebrating Joan’s life will be scheduled at a later date when it is allowable for all to attend safely.

Pallbearers will be Clem Romero, Jr., Paul Romero, Anthony Trujillo, Janelle Monique Romero, Anthony Romero and Chantel Trujillo. The honorary pallbearer is Felix C. Baca.

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

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