Ted Brooks


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Ted Brooks

Ted Brooks passed away on Jan. 6 after a long illness. A service was held in Phoenix, Ariz., on Jan. 12.

Ted was born on March 4, 1970, in Boston, Mass., and moved early in life to Belen — the place he would always call home.

In 1997, Ted married the love of his life, Nicky, in Albuquerque, and had two sons, Will and Andrew.

In 2006, Ted and his family moved to Phoenix to further his career in the production print industry, an industry in which he was well known and respected.

Ted loved being outdoors, especially in the mountains of his beloved New Mexico, where he enjoyed hiking, snowboarding, camping and fishing. He was also at home on any golf course. In golf he could combine his love for the outdoors with his love for spending time with his friends.

Ted also had a great love for music. From surf punk in his high school days to a more eclectic mix in later years, it was not unusual to hear Ted before you saw him. His car was his concert and he was an amazing lead singer for every band he listened to. His favorite bands included Counting Crows, Agent Orange, The Replacements and Green Day.

Ted will be remembered as someone who elevated a room and brought a smile to everyone he met through his humor, his wit and his unforgettable laugh.

Ted is survived by his parents, Bill and Jan; his loving wife, Nicky; his sons, Will and Andrew; and his sister, Amy and her partner, Jennifer.

In keeping with Ted’s love for the mountains of New Mexico, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, you consider making a donation to The New Mexico Wilderness Alliance in Ted’s name at nmwild.org

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 9, at the Central Parlour of the Belen Hotel, 114 Becker Ave. in Belen.

Herman Bentacu


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Herman Bentacu

Herman Bentacu, age 84, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Feb. 19, 2019. He was born in Albuquerque on June 13, 1934.

Services are pending at this time.

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 noblin.com.

Lee J. Garza


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Lee J. Garza

Lee J. Garza, age 77, died in his home surrounded by his loved ones the morning of Feb. 25, 2019.

He was born on March 30, 1941, in Melrose, N.M., to Catarino and Stella Garza. He was the eldest of 12 children. On April 3, 1956, he married Terry M. Sena.

He lived in northern California and Los Lunas. He was a highly-skilled craftsman doing upholstery for more than 50 years. Lee was a very strong, accepting, straight-forward man, and what you saw, is what you got.

He made sure that all the kids would get along or he would be the first to correct it. He loved to work, was funny, carefree and was unapologetically himself, and we all loved him for that!

He was very loving, caring and devoted to his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Lee is survived by his loving wife, Terry, of 56 years; children, Steve Garza and wife, Beverly, Larry Sena and wife, JoAnn, Mark Garza, Melissa and husband, Roger Martinez, Sandra and husband, Martin Plascencia; and many grandchildren and even more great-grandchildren.

Lee was preceded in death by his parents, Catarino and Stella Garza; two sisters, two brothers and great-grandson, Elijah Tosh.

Pallbearers will be Juan and Alex Plascencia, Anthony Garza, and Roger, Gabriel and Dominik Martinez.

Services are pending.

Sher Gurley


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Sher Gurley

Sher Gurley, 69, passed away Thursday, Feb. 21.

She was a longtime resident of Los Lunas, and will be missed by many.

Sher is preceded in death by her husband, Kirby Don Gurley; her mother, Shirley Jean Daniels-Rolan; her father, Tony Ruvolo; and her granddaughter, Amy Gurley.

Sher is survived by her only son, Donovan Gurley and wife, Kelly; her sisters, Lisa Lucero and husband Ray, and Maria Sigmon and husband, Zach; her brothers, Rick Ruvolo and wife, Vickey, and Dean Rolan and wife, Monica; grandchildren, Kyle Gurley and wife, Cruz, Kirby Gurley and Morgyn Archuleta; great-granddaughter, Kylie Gurley.

Sher spent her life serving people. She was a waitress for many years, and always had an extra bed for anyone in need. Although Sher only gave birth to one son, many called her mom, including Felix Lucero, Johnny Garnder, Kevin Abers, Jen Abers, Matt Piro, Candido Chavez, Deedra Romero and many others.

Sher was a longtime Patriots fan and never missed a game. She loved fishing and roasting chile. She loved all animals, especially her dog, Kate.

Sher loved many people, including her best friend of many years, Pam Engstrom and husband, Dick, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, nephews and countless other people she knew. Sher touched many hearts and will truly be missed.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Grace Fellowship Church, 3384 N.M. 47, in Los Lunas.

Carol J. Hudson


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Carol J. Hudson

Carol J. Hudson, of Los Lunas, passed away surrounded by her family on Feb. 13, 2019.

Carol was born Dec. 28, 1944, to Bill and Elsie Powell, of Albuquerque.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Linda White; and her brother, Afton Powell.

She is survived by her husband, Quent Hudson; and her children, Janice (Jay) Smith, Ronnie Meek and Collen (Wendy) Meek. Quent’s children are Coleman (Liz) Hudson, Mindy, Quinn and Adam. She also leaves Trever Metcalf, a nephew she loved like a son; and 12 grandchildren, Kenneth, Daniel, Thomas, Amber, Kyra, David, Quincy, Kathleena, Felicity, Nigel, Micah and Olivia.

We will deeply miss her encouraging spirit, pink streaked hair and never-ending joy and laughter.

A memorial service to celebrate Carol’s life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, at the Valencia Valley Church of the Nazarene, 33 El Cerro Road. Please wear bright colors.

Visit Riversidefunerals.com for more information.

James A. “Jimmy” Matney


Jimmy Matney, age 61, a longtime resident of Bosque Farms, passed away on Feb. 17, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Timmy Matney; grandparents, Bill and Vera Matney, and Archie and Elizabeth Black; and numerous aunts and uncles.

He is survived by his parents. Mike and Alice Matney, of Bosque Farms; special buddy, Ernie Casias, of Bosque Farms; uncle, Pat Matney, of Globe, Ariz.; aunt, Mary, and uncle, Jerry Davis, of Ft. Scott, Kan.; aunt, Rolla Scannell, of Albuquerque; and many cousins.

Services are pending at this time.

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 noblin.com.

Sylvia Olguin


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Sylvia Olguin

Sylvia Olguin, age 77, closed her eyes in sweet slumber and opened her eyes in the presence of our Lord in the early morning hours of Feb. 20, 2019.

She was a very sweet, kind and generous soul who was loved by all who knew her. Sylvia was born and lived many years in the family home in Jarales, then resided for many years at Genesis/Belen Meadows Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by people who not only cared for her as a resident, but who also made her feel like family with their love and generosity.

She has now joined the Olguin family in Heaven. Sylvia is preceded in death by her parents, Pedro and Antonia Olguin; siblings, Bonifacio, Carlos, Adelino, Amalia, Mary, Chrisanta Serna and Leonides Jaramillo. She was the last of her siblings to go home to God.

Sylvia is survived by her family, brother-in-law, Henry A. Jaramillo Sr.; nephew, Henry Jaramillo Jr. (Cheri); niece, Josephine Jaramillo; as well as many other loving nieces and nephews throughout the United States. She is also survived by those staffed at Genesis/Belen Meadows Nursing Home, who cared for her throughout the years.

Services will take place at a later date to be determined.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers or food, a donation instead be made to a charity or by donating food items to local food pantries or even by small gestures, such as a smile and a kind word to someone in need of a lift in spirits. God bless everyone who gave of themselves to Sylvia Olguin. The Jaramillo family thanks you all.

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

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