Richard Chavez


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Richard Chavez

Richard Chavez, age 82, passed away peacefully in his home on Jan. 21, 2019.

We are truly blessed to have had so many wonderful years with our beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle. He was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, the Belen Knights of Columbus, the Elks Lodge and the National Guard of Belen. Richard retired from Sandia Labs on May 3, 1994, after 38 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years, Lupe Chavez; granddaughter, Yvette Baca; parents, Juan B. and Didia G. Chavez; and his in-laws, Juan and Manuelita Garcia.

Richard is survived by his children, Gina and Keith Donoghue, Betty Chavez, Tommy and Christine, and Cathy and Richard; grandchildren, Theresa, John, Jessica, Jennifer, Myranda, Ashtyn, Justine, Crystalyn, Dominic, Mackie and Savannah; great-grandchildren, Mariah, Mateo, Alyssa, Bradley, Christopher, Nicholas, Illyanna, Emilio, Jaidyn, Eva, Giovanni, Phillip, Kayliana, Niyah, T.J., Kevin, Carlitos, Mia, Josiah, Melodie, Evert, Alisha, Aaron, Colter, Kyra and Selah; brothers, Pat (Jan), Marty (Jean), Rey (Louise), Billy (Lisa) and Dennis (Frieda); sisters, Cipri Romero, Molly (Ben) Martinez, Susan Chavez Beasley, Dora Chavez, Lorraine Marquez and Mary Garcia. He is also survived by Edward and Elaine Campbell; and his “breakfast club” friends, Dennis, Al, Tane, Mike, Larry and Jesus.

Pallbearers are John Chavez, Matt Montoya, Nicholas Gallegos, Kevin Giron, Emilio Rodriguez, Albert Romero and Dennis Connelly. Honorary pallbearers are his grand and great-grandchildren.

Richard enjoyed life to the fullest, especially spending time with family and friends at matanzas, hunting, camping and barbecues. He loved working in his garden, tending to his cows and visiting with everyone on his porch.

Services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, beginning on Sunday, Jan. 27, with a public viewing at 3 p.m., and a Rosary to be recited at 4 p.m. Final visitation will be at 9 a.m., on Monday, Jan. 28, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m., and interment to follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.

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

Earlene Belle Crawford Gladwell


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Earlene Belle Crawford Gladwell

Earlene Belle Crawford Gladwell has been received into the arms of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Dec. 22, 2018, after a sudden illness in Oklahoma City.

Earlene, formerly of Belen, had been living in Oklahoma City since the passing of her husband, Paul Gladwell, in 2015.

Earlene was born Oct. 9, 1946, to Lee H. and Beatrice Laverne Sims Crawford, in Quemado, N.M. She lived most of her life in New Mexico. She had been retired for many years after a career working in secretarial positions and as a tech at the now closed, Los Lunas Hospital and Training School.

She was predeceased by her parents, spouse, Paul; sisters, Marzell Martin and Lucille Crosby; and brothers, Manuel, Harris, Dale and Lloyd Crawford.

She is survived by sister, Darlene Elliott, of Los Lunas; Arley Crawford and wife, Sherry, of Elizabethtown, Ken.; daughter, Shawna and husband, Jacob Jaramillo; and son, Lee Goldman, of Oklahoma; stepchildren, Gary Gladwell and Kathy Romesburg; grandchildren, Jacob Jaramillo Jr., Shania Longoria and husband, Jesse, Adrianna Webb and husband, William, Selena, Emilia and Abraham Jaramillo, Jamie Goldman, Nathan, Matthew, Grace and Brooklynn Romesburg, Sydney and Emily Gladwell; great-grandchildren, Dominic and Cataleyah Jaramillo, and Eliana Longoria; as well as many nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved so dearly.

She was a beautiful woman, inside and out, with a heart of gold. She will be missed by her many friends and family.

A memorial service for Earlene will be planned at a later date.

Robert J. Power


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Robert J. Power

Robert J. Power, age 82, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019.

He was born in Worcester, Mass., on Oct. 13, 1936. After graduation, Robert moved to Chicago, Ill., in 1959, where he attended De Vry University and then worked in a bank for a while. He then entered into the insurance business, working until his retirement in 2004, when he moved with his wife, Aileen, to Belen.

Robert was a member of a bowling league, and a horse shoe pitching team in Illinois.

He is proceeded in death by his mother, Levena (Lee) Greenwood Power; and father, John A. Power, of Worcester, Mass.

Robert is survived by his loving wife, Aileen Hisel Power; daughter, Helen Power, of Wildwood, Ill.; two sons, Kevin Sean Power, of Wildwood, and Michael Shane Power, of Los Lunas; brother, John A. Power, of Warrington, Penn.; and step-daughter, Angela Thomas, of Wildwood, Ill.

Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 864-4448.

Sandra W. “Sandy” Repper


Sandy Repper passed away on Jan. 19, 2019, after a three-year battle with breast cancer.

Sandy was born June 22, 1950, in St.Petersburg, Fla. She graduated from Lakewood High School in 1968, and attended High Point College in North Carolina.

In 1969, she married her husband, John.

She leaves behind two daughters, Jennifer Tafoya, of Taylor Ranch, and Tracy Repper, of Rio Rancho.

She also leaves behind five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild, with another expected soon.

Sandy requested no special service, and in lieu of flowers or gifts, requested that donations be made to Rescuer’s Relief, her favorite non-profit organization. They can be found at or email at

Warren Foster Reynolds


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Warren Foster Reynolds

Warren Foster Reynolds, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.

Son of Warren Wentworth Reynolds and Emily Foster, he was born in Hyde Park, Mass., on Thursday, March 22, 1928. He joined the Air Force shortly after high school and was stationed at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, due to a clerical error that confused Albuquerque with Alamagordo.

Because of that clerical error, he met the love of his life, Lucille (Luci) Arellano at a dance at the base. He wooed her persistently, and they were married Dec. 18, 1948. They enjoyed a long and happy life together and celebrated their 70th anniversary in December.

After attending college at UNM, Warren worked for Conoco Oil Company. The young couple had their first child, and lived in various small towns in the southern part of the state, where they added three more children to the family.

In 1958, Warren decided to go to law school at UNM. With Luci’s help, he was able to support his growing family working as many as three jobs at a time while attending law school. He became an attorney in 1961 and practiced law in Albuquerque until 1967, at which time the family moved to Hobbs. He was a practicing attorney for 39 years.

After retiring, the couple lived in Belen for 10 years, and later in Albuquerque.

Warren was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Steven; his granddaughter, Emily; his great-grandson, Isaiah; and his son-in-law, Kelly Voris.

His survivors include wife, Lucille Reynolds; sister, Priscilla Thomas; son, Warren (wife, Mindy); daughter, Dena (husband, Luke Faust); sons, Craig and Richard; and daughter, Rebecca Voris; grandchildren, Caryn (husband, Zach DiCicco), Eric (wife, Rachel), Ben (Venecia) and Nicole Voris (husband, Oliver Endahl); great-grandchildren, Matthew, Nicholas, Jonjon and Adeline.

Warren was an avid reader and had many hobbies. He and Luci lived a full and happy life, filled with dancing, traveling and participating in their children’s activities. He was known for his work ethic and devotion to his family.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at FRENCH - Westside, followed by a reception at the same location. Afterward, there will be a procession for a 3 p.m. arrival at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe for those who wish to attend.

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to The American Cancer Society,

Please visit our online guestbook for Warren at FRENCH – Westside, 9300 Golf Course Rd. NW, 897-0300.

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