Mary Ann Alderete


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Mary Ann Alderete

Mary Ann Alderete, age 76, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018.

She was a loving mother of six children.

She is survived by her children, Rick Salazar (wife, Ann), Ruby Chavez, Joe Salazar (deceased), Darlene Vasquez (husband, Gene), Raymond Salazar (wife, Dorothy) and Dolores Salazar (partner, Andrew); and many loving grandkids and great-grandchildren.

A Funeral Mass was held at Our Lady of Belen Church on Tuesday, Oct. 16, followed by interment and burial.

Felicitas C. Aragon


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Felicitas C. Aragon

Felicitas C. Aragon, age 92, born on March 31, 1926, in Adelino and a resident of Jarales, died on Oct. 12, 2018.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Lencho Rael and Gilbert Aragon; siblings, Ida Reese, Sally C. Jaramillo, Joe E. Chavez, Luis Chavez and Theresa Chavez; children, Edward Rael and Clory Thomas.

She is survived by her children, Albert Rael and his wife, Patty Rael, Renee Baldonado and her husband, Rudy Chavez, Alvin Rael and his partner, Amii Ramirez; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Immaculate Concemption Church, beginning with a Rosary at 11 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass at 11, followed by the burial.

A reception will be held following the services at the Tomé Community Center.

Jennie I. Barela


Jennie I. Barela, age 57, a resident of El Cerro, passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Juan Barela (Ruby Vialpando); paternal grandparents, Melquides Barela (Maria); maternal grandparents, Oracio Vialpando (Vicenta); sister, Lydia Gabaldon; and nephew, Brian Gabaldon.

Jennie is survived by her brother, Melecio Barela; sister, Norma Escobar (Maurcio); stepbrothers, Evaristo Montoya and Carlos Montoya; nieces and nephews, Brandon, Breena, Bernadette, Max, Michelle, Jose, Brittany, Chad and Leslie; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Please contact Romero Funeral Home for more information at 864-8501.

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

Paul David Gilman


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Paul David Gilman

Paul David Gilman passed away on Nov. 3, 1943.

He was born in January 1924, one of eight children, raised by Clarence and Sarah “Sadie” Gilman in Belen. He attended Belen Senior High School, where he and his older brother, Earl, played varsity football, and worked as a machinist’s helper.

Seventeen-year-old Paul joined the Marine Corps on Jan. 5, 1942. Sadie was already worried about her other son, Earl, being overseas in the Navy, but Paul told her “Mother, it’s our job to go. You just take it on the chin and smile.”

He fought in the battle of Guadalcanal as a member of M/38th Marines, survived and traveled to Wellington, New Zealand. While at Camp Paekakariki in the summer of 1943, Paul probably received a letter with news about his brother.

Earl Gilman had died at a prison camp in the Philippines in November 1942, and word had only just reached his family. On Nov. 20, 1943, PFC Paul Gilman’s battalion was designated as a support wave to land on Beach Red 3, Betio. The flat-bottomed boats that carried the men could not cross the island’s barrier reef and became sitting targets for Japanese gunners.

When the ramps went down, Marines jumped into deep water and tried to wade several hundred yards to the shore. Burdened by their heavy weapons, M138th suffered many casualties on their way to the safety of the Red 3 sea wall. One of them was Paul Gilman, who was trying to help a wounded buddy to safety. He lived for only a few minutes after being hit.

His buddies wrote to Sadie Gilman that, although he knew what was to come, Paul died with a smile on his face. Paul Gilman was buried just a few yards off Red Beach 3, in what would become known as Cemetery 27. His remains were among those found by History Flight and turned over to the DPAA for official identification.

Welcome home, PFC Paul Gilman. Semper Fi.

Paul was preceded in death by his brother, Earl; and succeeded in death by his parents, Clarence and Sarah Gilman; brothers; Harold and William; sisters, Evelyn Gardener, Elizabeth Battaglino and Elaine Edgington.

He is survived by one sister, Martha Abeyta; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Paul will have a full military service at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26, at Terrace Grove Cemetery in Belen.

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

Ken Hansen


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Ken Hansen

Ken Hansen grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He was a member of the MYF at the Church of the Cross.

Ken became part of the back to the land movement of the early 1970s, restoring and residing in an adobe house in La Joya, where his three children were born.

A genius in many areas, Ken was always generous with his time and botanical expertise; he was known by many, via the web as “Desert Gardener.” The oasis environment, which he made possible, became a bird refuge in 2015.

Ken served as FEMA head for Socorro County, as president of the Rio Abajo Library board and was a founder of the La Promesa Senior Center.

He is survived by sons, Jesse and Tyler; daughter, Kaiya; and grandchildren, all of Santa Barbara, Calif.; sister, Sally Hosken, of Dublin, Ohio; and by loving companion, Fay Stone, of Moriarty.

Sonia A. Silva


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Sonia A. Silva

Sonia A. Silva, age 62, a resident of Belen, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018.

Services are pending at this time.

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

Lena Larene Thurston


Lena Larene Thurston, age 86, passed gently into the arms of Jesus on Oct. 12, 2018.

She was born on Aug. 2, 1932, to Louise (nee Gentry) and Robert Barnett in Kimmswick, Mo. Lena attended public schools in Arkansas, Tennessee and New Mexico. She met her husband, Richard “Dick” Thurston, in Carlsbad, where they were married on June, 10, 1950. This union was blessed with three children, Harry Thurston, Jeannie Thurston and Phillip Thurston.

Lena was a dedicated homemaker and devoted her life to her family’s care and education. She was especially proud that all of her children graduated from college.

Due to Dick’s military service with the Air Force and subsequent work with United Airlines, Lena lived in many places. In 1978, Lena and Dick moved to Polson, Mont., where they owned and operated together a cherry orchard on Finely Point.

In 1988, they moved back to New Mexico. Lena was a resident of Los Lunas for the past 19 years and a member of First Baptist Church of Belen.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dick; grandson, Jakob Thurston; and brother, Duane Barnett.

She is survived by her three children, Harry Thurston, Jeannie Thurston and Phillip Thurston; daughter-in-law, Valerie Thurston; grandson, Jeffrey Thurston; granddaughter, Rebecca Thurston; and many nieces and nephews. She was greatly loved and will be missed by many.

The family would like to thank everyone for their generosity, prayers and food provided. May God bless you all.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home & Family Ministries, Box 629, Portales, NM, 88130, or a charity of your choice.

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

Isidoro S. Zamora


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Isidoro S. Zamora

Isidoro S. Zamora, age 83, passed away peacefully Oct. 11, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.

He loved music, playing the guitar, fixing things and had his own shop and enjoyed working on small engines. Isidoro loved to garden and grew vegetables and green chile.

He worked for the railroad for 39 years, where he traveled the world and retired. Isidoro also loved spending time with his grandchildren, making conversation and enjoyed making friends. He never knew a stranger.

Isidoro is preceded in death by parents, Gabriel and Felipita Zamora; sister, Adela Flores; brother, Robert Zamora; and son, Benito Zamora.

He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Mary Zamora; sons, Gabriel (Mary) Zamora, Vincent (Marla) Zamora, Pete (Suk) Zamora, Edwin Graham, Jimo Graham, Wayne (Patty) Graham; daughters, Elena (Ralph) Light and Marsha Martinez; brothers, Richard and Ernie Zamora; sisters, Susie Edwell, Lena Ulibarri and Percilla Socio; and many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and great-great-great grandchildren.

A public viewing and Rosary were held on Sunday, Oct. 14, at Romero Funeral Home Chapel; and a final viewing and Funeral Mass were held on Monday, Oct. 15, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. Interment followed at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Francisco Zamora, Anthony Zamora, Jimo Graham, Gilbert Zamora, Isaiah Jaramillo, Pedro Zamora, Riley Romero and Ernie Zamora. Honorary pallbearers were Toby Zamora, Andrew Jaramillo and David Zamora.

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

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