Owen Barber Sr.


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Owen Barber Sr.

Owen Barber Sr., known to loved ones as “Otter” or “Yakky,” peacefully passed away on Oct. 26, 2018, at the age of 56 at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque.

Owen was born April 11, 1962, in Gallup, and graduated from Gallup High School in 1980, where he met his future bride, Donna. He dedicated a 34-year career to Western Paper (to become Unisource, and ultimately, Veritiv).

He was an avid skateboarder and showed some of his extraordinary creative capabilities through woodworking, pumpkin-carving and acting part-time in various TV shows.

Owen will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 35 years, Donna; and his children, Melissa (Ector) and Owen Jr. (Joelle). Owen will also be fondly remembered by his five grandchildren, Wesley, Ector Jr., Genesis Flores, Owen III and Liam Barber; by his parents, Alice and David; his sisters, Debra (Russ) and Yolanda (Fran); his brothers, Darren (Mona) and Mitchell.

Owen was predeceased by his younger brother, David “Sonny” Jr.

A funeral service in memory of Owen will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 2, at Cope Memorial in Gallup. Interment to follow at Rehoboth Cemetery.

Rhoda “Marie” DePlanche


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Rhoda “Marie” DePlanche

Rhoda “Marie” DePlanche, age 79, a resident of Belen, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018.

She was married to her beloved Frank for 63 years. They completed each other.

Rhoda went back to school as an adult and received her high school diploma in June 1976. She grew and canned her family’s food, made their clothes and loved Christmas.

Later, Rhoda became a belly dancer and performed at various functions and parades; she also designed and made her own costumes. Rhoda also performed as a country singer and comedian for many years.

Her faith in her Heavenly Father carried through all aspects of her life. Rhoda was a devoted wife, mother and friend to all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Opal and George Wright, of Kentucky; and sister, Alice Faye Wright, of Michigan.

Rhoda is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Francis O. DePlanche, of Belen; daughter, Kelli DePlanche, of Edgewood; and son, Daniel DePlanche, of Mt. Dora, Fla.

A celebration of life will be held at Sunrise Bluffs Senior Community Clubhouse, 102 Sunrise Bluffs Dr. in Belen, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10.

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.

Fedelina Gallegos


Fedelina Gallegos, age 66, a resident of Peralta, passed away peacefully on Oct. 26, 2018.

She was a full-time mother of two children and a housewife.

Fedelina was preceded in death by her mother, Pauline Padilla; her sister, Alice Griego; and brothers, Jose Padilla and Elmer Luna.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph Gallegos; son, David Jaramillo; daughter, Marsha Jaramillo; granddaughter, Paulette Rodriguez; brother, Gilbert Padilla; sister, Clara Saiz; and many more family members.

All services will take place on Monday, Nov. 5, at our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, beginning with a visitation at 9 a.m., with a Rosary to be recited at 10 a.m., a Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m. Interment at a later date.

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

Andy Gonzales


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Andy Gonzales

Andy Gonzales, loving father, grandfather, brother and husband passed away on Oct. 29, 2018 at the age of 74.

Andy was born in Gallup on Nov. 13, 1943. He grew up and worked in Gallup until moving his family to Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1971. Andy was a civil service/federal employee for 35 years, culminating with his assignment at Fort Carson Army Post in Fountain, Colo. He retired from civil service in 2001.

He married the love of his life, Pearl Gonzales, in 1961, when he was 17 and she was 16 years old. Andy and Pearl had six children, Dianna, Robert, Becky, Mark, James and Juan. Andy will be sorely missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, family and friends. He was truly a great man.

Andy was preceded in death by his father, Juan Gonzales; mother, Juanita Gonzales; sister, Premia Bousquet; and sister, Della Serna.

He is survived by his wife, Pearl Gonzales, of Los Lunas; daughters, Dianna Burdin, of Oakton, Va.; Becky Gonzales, of Virginia Beach, Va.; sons, Robert Gonzales, of Broomfield, Colo., Mark Gonzales, of Waxahachie, Texas, James Gonzales, of Centennial, Colo., Juan Gonzales, of Sacramento, Calif.; brothers, John Gonzales, of Gallup; Pat Gonzales, of Gallup; sisters, Luisa Gonzales, of Gallup, Sylvia Borbon, of Gallup; Cora Delgado, of Gallup, Patsy Stout, of Albuquerque, and Mary Glasscock, of Gallup.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Ryan Gonzales, Daniel Burdin, Scott Burdin, Diego Gonzales, Garrett Burdin and Kainoa Gonzales.

A viewing and Rosary will be held at 6 and 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, at Riverside Funeral Homes in Los Lunas. The Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Peralta.

Burial will follow the mass at Terrace Grove Cemetery in Belen. A reception will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, at San Clemente Catholic Church Hall, 435 Coronado St. NE, Los Lunas.

David and Anthony Lopez

Died 2018

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David and Anthony Lopez

David Lopez, age 23, and Anthony Lopez, age 20, residents of Los Lunas, passed away on Oct. 20, 2018.

Both were graduates of Los Lunas High School, loved music, loved being with family and friends, working on vehicles, camping and the mountains and being jokesters. The Lopez brothers were always and continue to be inseparable, now and forever.

They are preceded in death by their grandfather, Isaias Lopez; uncle, Michael Gabaldon; great-grandparents, Martin and Clarita Lopez, Cecilio and Tillie Tafoya, Valentin and Anita Gabaldon, Melcor and Leonela Lujan.

They are survived by their mother, Lillian Lopez; father, Alfredo Lopez; brothers, Brandon Lopez and Miguel Lujan and companion, Laura Mendoza; uncle, Albert Lujan Jr.; grandparents, Alberto and Jane Lujan, and Armelina Lopez; niece, Melody Lujan; nephew, Miguel Lujan Jr.; their special dog, Akira; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

All services will be held at San Clemente Catholic Church beginning with a viewing at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7, followed by a Rosary at 7 p.m. Final viewing will at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, followed by the Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Interment will be at Los Lentes Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Miguel Lujan, Brandon Lopez, Josh Lopez, Floyd Gutierrez, Carlos Rodriguez, David Rodriguez, Mark Mares, Brandon “Obama” Robinson, Issac Cervantes and Jorge “Jr.” Escobedo.

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.

John R. Martinez

Died 2018

A memorial service for John R. Martinez, who was a retired teacher from Belen Consolidated Schools, will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomé.

Benito “Benny” Rael


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Benito “Benny” Rael

Benito “Benny” Rael, age 71, a resident of Los Lunas, went to be with our Lord, surrounded peacefully by his family, on Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, after a long battle with cancer.

Benny was born fourth out of 11 children, on Oct. 1, 1947, to Nabor and Margaret Rael. He enjoyed being outdoors hunting, fishing, working in his garage, and watching the New York Giants play.

His biggest joys were his grandchildren and giving to his family. Benny coached Little League baseball and retired from the city of Albuquerque.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Nabor and Margaret Rael; and sister, Veronica Rael.

Left to honor him are his loving wife of 51 years, Melba Rael; five children, Brenda Rael, Catherine Otero, Phillip Rael and wife, Jaime, Elona Trujillo and husband, Eddie, and Elizabeth Villalovos and significant other, Chris Griego.

Benny is also survived by 13 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, seven sisters, three brothers and many loving nieces and nephews.

Services will be at Calvary Chapel Rio Grande Valley in Belen on Friday, Nov. 2. A visitation will begin at 10 a.m., with a funeral service to be celebrated at 10:30 a.m.

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.

Eduardo Trujillo

Died 2018

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Eduardo Trujillo

Eduardo Trujillo, age 81, originally from Pondarosa, N.M., residing in Belen, lost his fight with cancer on Oct. 27, 2018.

He was surrounded by his loving family and friends throughout his ordeal, including his nephew, Hank Sanchez and wife, Pauline; his life partner of 24 years, Marie Varela; and their son, Anthony Eduardo Trujillo, of the family home; and mother-in-law, Mary Ann Contreras.

His passions in life included camping, carpentry work and enjoying friends at the local Moose Lodge.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Fidel and Refugio; sisters, Lina Sanchez and Marcella Cordova; and brother, Manuel.

He leaves behind his children, Diane, Tom, Edward, Shirley ( Manuel) and Gerald (Kathy); stepdaughter, Annette May (Daniel); and daughter-in-law, Allison Cooper; along with brothers and sisters Roger and Viola, Martina Arabelo, Emma and Joe Romero, Mike and Rose, Albert and Pat, Fidel and Emily, Jerry, Nago and Anna, Lawrence and Dolores and Elenor Labadíe. He also leaves behind several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephew, a very large extended family, and countless friends.

“Eddie” was a generous man, loving partner, friend to all and a father figure to so many.

Memorial services will be held at 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, at the La Merced Moose Lodge, 306 Rio Communities Blvd., Rio Communities.

Burial will be in Pondarosa at a later date.

Jean B. Valentine

Died 2018

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Jean B. Valentine

Our sweet mother, Jean Valentine, age 91, passed away surrounded by friends and family Oct. 24, 2018.

She was known for her interest in environmental activism and for the love of her family and children. Jean assisted in establishing KQED, one of the first educational television stations. She volunteered with the Kennedy election, participated fully in the civil rights movement, Woman for Peace and was one of the founding members of 1,000 Friends of Valencia County.

She was working on a project to bring food and water to impoverished areas of New Mexico before she passed away.

She is survived by her three children, Craig Dremann, Karen Dremann and Eric Dremann; grandsons, Gandalf Hudlow and William Dremann-Charlesworth; and great-grandson, Stryder Hudlow.

A visitation, Rosary and Mass will be held Friday, Nov. 2, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the San Clemente Catholic Church in Los Lunas. The Rosary will be held at 9:30 a.m., with the Mass starting at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at the Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE, Albuquerque.

Please visit our online guestbook for Jean at frenchfunerals.com. FRENCH - University, 1111 University Blvd. NE, 843-6333.

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