Harold Fritzler


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Harold Fritzler

Harold Fritzler, born in Nebraska 90 years ago, Christian, farmer, master carpenter, Jack of all trades, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great grandfather, stepped into heaven after suffering a fall at his home on Aug. 9, 2018.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mary; two infant brothers; first wife, Geraldine; sister, Emma Cowley; brothers-in-law, Jack Manbeck, Jim Pringle, Bill Cowley and Ernie Heine.

He is survived by his wife, Joann, son, Garland “Gary” (Leann); daughter, Teresa “Terrie” Dunlap (Allan); granddaughter, Cameo Taddoni (Mike); great-grandchildren, Dylan and Kelsey; sisters, Helen Manbeck and Vera Heine; stepdaughter, Michele Merriman (George); and numerous step, foster, greats, great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, his fur babies, Maggie Rose and Gizzie.

His kindness and love will be greatly missed.

A special thank you to Presbyterian, Genesis, Ambercare and Noblin Funeral Service.

A memorial of his passing and his sister, Emma’s passing, will be observed at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 15, at New Life Fellowship Church, 601 Christopher Road in Belen.

Polo Garcia


Polo Garcia, 83, a lifelong resident of Peralta, passed away peacefully on Sept. 6, 2018.

Polo was a kind and very likable man.

Polo is preceded in death by his wife, Kathy; parents, Frank and Carmel Garcia; sister-in-law, Elijia Garcia; brother-in-law, Joe Romero; and nephew, Mark Romero.

Polo is survived by his brothers, Rael and Tayo (wife, Adela) Garcia; his sisters, Dianne Romero, Remedios Balido and Prescilla Martinez; seven nieces, three nephews and several great and great-great nieces and nephews.

A family Rosary was held in honor of Polo’s life on Sept. 6.

The family would like to thank Dr. Aragon, Ambercare, Jami Baca, Amy Gallegos and Fran O’Quinn and Paul Gonzales.

A special thank you to our cousins, Sonny Moya and Michael Garcia for all you did for Polo and being there for him.

With the utmost respect for Polo’s wishes, cremation has taken place.

David W. Johnson


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David W. Johnson

David W. Johnson, age 62, passed away on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born on May 12, 1956, in Fort Worth, Texas. As a young boy, David moved with his family to southern California and then to Belen during his high school years.

He graduated from BHS in 1974 and immediately joined the Army and was stationed in Alaska. Upon his honorable discharge, David joined Alaskan Airlines and later The Boeing Company, where he retired in 2015.

He made his home in Puyallup, Wash., and later Spokane, Wash. After his diagnosis, he chose to move back to New Mexico in 2015 to live near family and fight his battle with cancer with the help of the staff and doctors at the UNM Cancer Center.

David spent the last months of his life at Good Life Senior Living and Memory Care in Los Lunas. He made many friends during his stay, and especially enjoyed his new-found church family at the Belen First Assembly of God Church in Belen.

David was preceded in death by his father, Edward Johnson; brother, Darrell Johnson; and sister, Monica Johnson-Allen.

He is survived by his mother, Rose Johnson, of Clinton, Miss.; sisters, Becky Hunter (Jeff), of Los Lunas, and Cindy Brumfield (Sid), of Florence, Miss.

David is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews, who enjoyed his stories about the military, fishing and all his adventures at The Boeing Company.

As per his wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held later in the Spring with family and friends in Seattle, Wash.

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 noblinfuneralservice.com.

Michael Montaño

Died 2018

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Michael Montaño

Michael Montaño was called by his friend, Jesus, to His Father’s house on Sept. 6, 2018.

Michael knew his real home was Heaven but lived life to the fullest while he was here on Earth. Those who knew Michael know that he never did anything half-way; he did things to perfection.

He loved his family with all his heart, was a master carpenter, made the best chicharrones in New Mexico, and treasured the Word of God.

He loved taking his grandchildren fishing, gardening, hunting and just “hanging out” with friends and family.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Alice Montaño; his brother, Victor and his daughter, Monique.

He is survived by his daughters, Angelina Montaño and partner, Bevans Burke, and Jeannine Saavedra; his father, Leo Montaño; brother, Leonard Montaño and wife, Rosemarie; sister, Theresa Lucero and husband, LeeRoy; sister, Emily Montaño and fiancé, George Aragon; his grandchildren, Orlando Saavedra, Gia and Elijah Acoya; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Services will be conducted by at Daniels Family Funeral Services ~ Alameda Mortuary, at 9 a.m., Friday, Sept. 14.

Those who wish further information or to express your condolences visit danielsfuneral.com. Daniels Family Funeral Services, Alameda Mortuary, 9420 Fourth St. NW, Albuquerque, 898-3160.


Lee F. Pareo

Lee F. Pareo


Lee F. Pareo, age 72, a resident of Los Lunas, peacefully passed away on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.

All services were held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Interment will take place at a later date.

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




Rusila Ira Pino


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Rusila Ira Pino

Rusila Ira Pino, age 83, a resident of Bosque, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on Sept. 8, 2018.

She was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, member of Legion of Mary, eucharistic minister and also taught sacramental classes.

Rusila attended St. Joseph’s College and UNM and received a degree in religious studies. She worked for the Belen Consolidated Schools for more than 20 years, and dedicated many more years after retirement as a substitute teacher.

Rusila married the love of her life, Ramon Pino, in 1955 and had five wonderful children, Seraida Welch, Patrocinio Pino, Charles Pino, Sharon Trujillo and Carla Carr.

She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, Ramon Pino; daughter, Seraida Welch; grandson, Jesse Pino; and loving brothers and sisters.

Rusila is survived by her sons, Patrocinio Pino and Charles Pino (Louanna Baldonado); daughters, Sharon Trujillo (Stephen) and Carla Carr; her loving grandchildren, Andrea Marquez, Elizabeth Castro (Gil), Adam Sanchez (Rose), Nickolas Johnston, Michelle Marez (Anthony), Roxanne Servantes (Justin), Adora Pino, Kathryn Thompson (Allen), Kristen Trujillo (Travis) and Cayla Carr; 18 loving great-grandchildren; brother, Albert Armijo (Patsy); and many loving nieces and nephews.

Urn bearers will be Sharon Trujillo and Carla Carr.

All services will take place on Thursday, Sept. 13, at San Antonio Catholic Church in Sabinal, beginning with a public visitation at 11 a.m., a Rosary at 11:30 a.m. and a Funeral Mass at 12 p.m., with interment to follow at San Antonio Catholic Cemetery.

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

Manuel L. Sanchez


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Manuel L. Sanchez

Manuel L. Sanchez, age 56, a long-time resident of Belen, passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 6, 2018.

He was a very generous, caring, hard-working man, who helped anyone in need. Manuel was an amazing and loving father, son, brother and friend. He was a Jack-of-all-trades and retired from the state of New Mexico in 2004.

Manuel was preceded in death by his parents, Billy and Adela Sanchez, of Adelino; brothers, Billy Jr. and Henry Sanchez; and a niece he loved dearly, Danielle Baldonado.

He is survived by his daughter, Chastity Sanchez, and son-in-law to be, Matthew Rimarin; his brother, Edward Sanchez; his three sisters, Corrine Gallegos, Lucy Mascarena and Theresa Vallejos; his brother-in-laws, Boni Mascarena and Teles Vallejos; as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

All services will take place on Friday, Sept. 14, at Romero Funeral Home Chapel, beginning with a public visitation at 10 a.m. and a celebration of life at 11 a.m. Interment will take place at a later date.

The family would like to thank everyone for their love and support at this difficult time.

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

Robert “Dwain” Shiplet


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Robert “Dwain” Shiplet

Robert “Dwain” Shiplet, age 61, peacefully passed away surrounded by his family on Friday, Aug. 7, 2018.

He was born in Bryan, Texas, in 1956.

Dwain was preceded in death by his parents, Bertha Garner Shiplet and Raymond Shiplet; and his beloved fiancé, Dorothy Gutierrez.

He is survived by his son, Russell Shiplet and daughter-in-law, Misty Shiplet. He was a proud grandfather of Brandon and Cameron Shiplet.

He is survived by his siblings, Carolyn (Ricky) Baca, Michael (Lorraine) Shiplet, Jay (Carmen) Shiplet, Richard Shiplet, Jack Shiplet and his companion, Tonya Herrera, Gene Shiplet as well as several loving nieces and nephews.

Dwain was raised south of Belen in Bosque with his sister and brothers. He loved working on cars and his auto mechanic skills and auto body work was unsurpassed. However, his auto painting made him an artist to all who saw his work.

Dwain had a love for animals, and for years had a passion for raising goats.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the University of New Mexico Hospital, with much appreciation to the Medical ICU.

Services will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, Sept. 15, beginning with a visitation at 10 a.m., and a celebration of life at 11 a.m. Interment will take place immediately after at Terrace Grove Cemetery.

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

Patricia Pauline Yates


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Patricia Pauline Yates

Patricia Pauline Yates, born Nov. 13, 1937, in Pasadena, Calif., died on Sept. 7, 2018, in Clovis, N.M..

Patricia was known to most as Pat, and was raised in California and Nebraska. She wasn’t a lifelong resident of Belen but spent a number of year there raising her sons, Danny and Cam.

She taught science and physical education at Belen Junior High School in the ’70s and ’80s.

Pat loved horses, dogs and cats but she mostly loved her family and keeping them happy, and cooking for them was the highlight of her life.

Pat is preceded in death by her father, Graceton Philpot; and her mother, Ruby Philpot.

She is survived by her sister, Lewellyn Frey, of Nebraska; two sons, Daniel A. Yates and his wife, Beverly Major-Yates, of Portales, and Cameron R. Yates, of San Acasia, N.M.; two grandchildren, Jessica Yates and Wyatt Yates.

A small family memorial service will be held in Nebraska.

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