Joseph Baca


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Joseph Baca

Joseph Baca, age 52, a resident of Belen, went to heaven on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018.

He was born Oct. 23, 1966, in Socorro to Patrick Baca and Margaret Perea Baca. At birth, he weighed 10 pounds, 4 ounces, the biggest baby born at the hospital at the time.

He grew up on a farm in Belen and drove his first truck at 5 years old. He would “repair” his sister’s radio and removed all the springs from the ball point pens.

Joe retired from the United States Air Force, having proudly served his country for 20 years. After retiring, he worked for the USDA Forest Service, but his greatest joy in life was his family.

He was loved by everyone who knew him and we take great comfort in knowing that Joseph followed Jesus and he has now met Him face to face.

Joseph is survived by his wife of 25 years, Carolyn J. Baca; son, David; and daughter, Caitlin. He is also survived by his mother, Margaret Baca; brothers, Adrian Baca (Rose), Martin (Carolyn) and Gilbert (Charlene); sisters, Anna Baca and Barbara Snow (Nathan); as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Patrick Baca Sr.; brother, Patrick Baca Jr. and his great nephew, Mateo David.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your steps. Proverbs 3:5-6.

All services were held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Monday, Nov. 5. Interment, with military honors, followed at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.

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

Jimmie D. Brittain


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Jimmie D. Brittain

Jimmie D. Brittain, of Los Lunas, passed away on Oct. 23, 2018.

He was born on Aug. 17, 1945, in Clovis.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jessie Brittain; his parents, Randall and Ruth Brittain; his brother, Gary Brittain; and his brother-in-law, Floyd Bradley.

Survivors include his brother, Dan Brittain and wife, Karen, of Tierra Amarilla; sister, Randa Bradley, of Melrose, N.M.; sister-in-law, Karen Brittain, of Lockeford, Calif.; nephews, Eric Brittain, of Albuquerque, Tim Brittain, of Woodland, Wash., Brian Bradley, of Palm Harbor, Fla., and Jeff Brittain, of Salt Lake City, Utah; nieces, Danita Brittain, of Rio Rancho, Gwynne Draper and Mindi Bradley, of Melrose.

Burial will be in the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Lloyd E. Buchholz


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Lloyd E. Buchholz

Lloyd E. Buchholz, age 74, a resident of Belen, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018.

Services are pending at this time; contact Romero Funeral Home for more information.

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

Paul P. Gurule


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Paul P. Gurule

Paul P. Gurule was born March 17, 1940, in Albuquerque. He passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, at home in Jarales, surrounded by his loving family.

Paul will be remembered for his love of hunting, working on his tractor and farm and taking care of his animals. He was a big joker, who loved spending time with his treasured family. Everyone knew he loved Peggy with all of his heart.

Paul was preceded in death by his mother, Lizzie Mojarro; sister, Margie Chavez; and his aunt, Alphie Torrez.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Peggy Gurule, of the family home in Jarales; children, Margaret “DD” Aguero and husband, Martin, of Belen, and Andrew Gurule, of Jarales; four grandchildren, Carolyn, Magdalena, Theresa and Dolores; nine great-grandchildren, three great-great grandchildren; goddaughter, Berna Bustillos, of Los Lunas; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and friends who loved and will miss him greatly.

Services were held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers were Pablo Flores, Santiago Gurule, Ruben Ballesteros, Robert Vallejos, Chino Bustillos and Martin Aguero.

Jasmine Monique Mendoza


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Jasmine Monique Mendoza

Jasmine Monique Mendoza, age 21, a resident of Los Lunas, joined our heavenly father on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.

Jasmine was a member of San Clemente Catholic Church. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends. In her free time, Jasmine enjoyed doing puzzles and she loved listening to music.

Jasmine was a mother, sister, cousin and daughter. She loved her children and her family. One thing Jasmine would always do when she saw anyone she knew, be it family or friends, she would always make sure to say ‘hi’ and be heard from across the room no matter the occasion.

She is survived by her father, Michael Mendoza; stepmother, Bernice Mendoza; mother, Betty-Kay Shaw; stepfather, Michael Vergudo; siblings, Angelica, Isaiah and Vieonka; children, Jonathan, Jaydyn and Oliver; grandmother, Patricia Marietta and her husband, Martin Marietta; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Jasmine is preceded in death by grandfathers, Jim Shaw and Gonzalo Mendoza; great-grandparents, Isaac and Mary-Ann Mendoza; as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services were held at San Clemente Catholic Church on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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

Gloria Caroline Nelson


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Gloria Caroline Nelson

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Gloria Caroline Nelson

Gloria Caroline [Stroh] Nelson, a longtime Belen Middle School math teacher, was called home by the Lord on Oct. 17, 2018.

She had a peaceful passing with her close family by her side. Gloria was born on Feb. 14, 1932. Gloria and her husband, Richard, were blessed with a son, Robert, who has a wonderful wife, Bobbi Kay, and a son, Mark.

Gloria taught seventh-grade math for 34 years, 30 of these at Belen Middle School. A wonderful loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend, she will be remembered by many.

Gloria is survived by her husband, Richard; son, Rob and his wife, Bobbi Kay; grandson, Mark; and her brother, Jim Stroh and wife, Eileen.

Cremation has taken place. Interment will be in Santa Fe National Cemetery at a later date.

A celebration of her life will be held at Central United Methodist Church, 201 University Blvd., NE, Albuquerque, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17.

In memory, please make a donation to the American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice.

Marie S. Padilla


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Marie S. Padilla

Marie S. Padilla, age 64, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018.

As a member of Calvary Chapel, Marie was well-known for her generosity, her sense of humor and energetic personality. She loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, her family, friends, dog Ginger, and was an avid artist who touched many members of her community through her paintings and signature-painted rocks.

Entertaining her friends and family was one of her favorite past times. She loved watching classic movies, and “I Love Lucy” was one of her all time favorites.

Marie was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Jaramillo and Genevieve Padilla; and her half-brother, Gilbert Snyder.

She is survived by her loving daughters and their husbands, Melissa (Brian) Griego and Jennifer (Dale) Jaramillo; sisters, Charlene Johnson, Susie Granzow, Louise (Paul) Laudicina and Joanne Padilla; brother, Raymond Padilla; and her six loving grandchildren, Joshua, Luke, Zachary, Hannah, Ezekiel and Malachi; and many loving nieces, nephews and best friends.

All services will be held at Calvary Chapel of Rio Grande Valley on Thursday, Nov. 8. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m., and services will begin at 10 a.m.

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

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