Geraldine Aguirre, age 63, passed away on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, in Kermit, Texas.
She was born in Belen on April 6, 1955, to Joe Salas and Helen (Gabaldon) Salas. Geraldine was a member of the Catholic Church. She loved the Dallas Cowboys, and was devoted to her husband and sons. Geraldine was an angel to many people, helping those in need.
She liked to cook and her green chile enchiladas were one of her family’s favorite. Geraldine also liked to play games and she had a special sense of humor. She will be greatly missed.
Geraldine was preceded in death her parents, Joe Salas and Helen (Galbadon) Salas; her father and mother-in-law, Arnolfo and Maria Aguirre (Garcia); and a nephew, Jeff Salas.
Geraldine is survived by her husband, Guadalupe Aguirre; sons, Miguel Aguirre, Fernando Aguirre and his fiancé, Erinn Adams; brothers, Louie Salas, Ricky Salas and Dennis Salas; sisters, Ramona Salas and Louisa Gabaldon; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A visitation in Belen is scheduled for 9 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 13, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Los Chavez, immediately followed by a Rosary at 9:30 a.m., and a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers are Gabe Salas, Fito Aguirre Jr., Ricky Salas, Andres Gabaldon, Calvin Sanchez and Louanna Vega. Honorary pallbearers will be Eli Vega, Kayla Salas, Kevin Sanchez, Nadia Gomez and Sixto Serrano.
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 Noblin.com.
Naomi B. Cunningham Chavez
Naomi B. Cunningham Chavez, a longtime resident of Belen and Bosque Farms, born Jan. 30, 1931, to Will (W.H.) and Lillie Belle Cunningham, passed away on Dec. 7, 2018.
She will truly be missed by those she left behind, including Lyrlene Lake, of Albuquerque; Lequice Juckes, of Albuquerque; Clifton Rice (Dixie), of Dumas, Texas; Davita Paul (Wray), of Chubbock, Idaho; LaVonda McWhorter (Jim), of Albuquerque; stepson, Leroy Chavez and his family, of Belen; sisters, Edith Cunningham, of Irvine, Calif., and Patsy Campbell (Calvin), of Anadarko, Okla.; grandchildren, Gina Walker (Clifford), of Damon, Texas, Alica Blake, of Albuquerque, Randy Juckes (Stacey), of Farmington, Danny Juckes (Tamra), of Loveland, Colo, Jared Rice (Krista), of Lodi, Calif., Heather Heidlage (Mark), of Dumas, Texas, Davina Coker (Leslie), of Seymour, Texas, Wesley Paul, of Chubbock, Idaho, Nathan McWhorter (Mariko), of Los Lunas, Colette McWhorter, of Albuquerque, Courtney Schiffer (Dustin), of Albuquerque; 15 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and a multitude of friends.
Naomi was a caring, giving nurturer, and she used those strengths to care for others. She enjoyed telling people she helped get the first hospice program brought to New Mexico.
As we were growing up, we were witness to her many pranks she pulled on us and guests — ice cubes with a fly in them, fly stuck on a spoon, hole in the sugar spoon, snake in a can. She taught us many silly sayings and songs, and had a love for singing hymns.
In her last months, even suffering from Alzheimer’s, she was able to quote many segments of poems and hymns. During these past months, every time she saw the leaves blowing we heard, “Who has seen the wind today, neither you nor I, but when the trees bow down their heads, we know the wind is passing by.”
She said on many days the song on her mind was, “My heart cries out to Thee. To help me conquer self and sin and all that’s not like Thee within, so that my soul be free.”
The family is grateful for the longtime friendship, love and care Benny and June Garcia had for mom, and for Pat Sasser driving mom around these past years. We are thankful for God’s promise of no more suffering, no more sorrow.
A memorial will take place in the spring.
James “Porky” Crawford
James “Porky” Crawford, 88, died peacefully Nov. 25, 2018.
He was born July 8, 1930, in Uvalde, Texas, to Herman and Eula Crawford. On Sept. 4, 1955, he married Alice Jackson.
He was a longtime resident of Peralta and the owner of Crawford Drilling.
James is survived by his wife of 63 years, Alice; and his daughters, Paula Crawford, Ginger Williams and Linda Freeman; and his son, Jimmy Crawford; as well as his sons-in-law, James Williams and Travis Freeman. He is also survived by four grandsons, Michael, David, Preston and Clinton; as well as one granddaughter, Angelina.
James was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers, Norman and Gene; and his sisters, Hazel Earwood and Eula Mae Boyd; as well as his daughter Janet Davis.
Services will be held in the spring at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions are welcome at Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center Hospice Program, 1501 San Pedro SE, Albuquerque, NM, 87108.
Thanks to the VA Medical Center Hospice staff for the outstanding care and compassion.
Evelyn Gebler, age 78, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Dec. 3, 2018.
Funeral arrangements through Noblin Funeral Home to be announced at a later date.
Arthur Patrick Lovato
Arthur Patrick Lovato, age 68, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family by his side on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018.
He graduated from Belen High School in 1969, and that same year he married his loving wife of 49 years, Florence Otero-Lovato.
Art served in the US Air Force, as well as six years in the New Mexico National Guard as an aircraft mechanic. He was a retired construction salesman. Art also loved airplanes and worked at Cutter Aviation.
He was currently a Los Lunas Schools bus driver and loved his school kids. Art was a very smart and skilled man who could plan and do anything. He always had a project planned and going, whether it was at his home or helping many people with his wide expertise.
Art is preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Adela Lovato; his brothers, Gilbert and Cirio; his sister, Kate and grandson, Nathaniel.
He is survived by his wife, Florence; daughters, Adela (Jason) Gurule, Anita (Christopher) Lozano and, Alberta (Keith) Lovato; his grandchildren, Patricia (Anthony) Jojola, Patrick Jojola, Zaida Gurule, Izabella Lozano, Amris Gurule; great-grandson, Brendan Flores; sister, Betty (Leroy) Garcia; brother, Rosendo, and many loving nieces, nephews and friends.
Please sign Arthur’s online tribute at romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.
Josephine Romero Pittman
Josephine Romero Pittman, age 73, passed away on Dec. 2, 2018.
She was born to the late Frank and Gabrielle Marez Romero in Albuquerque. She was the middle child born to this union, that included a brother, Salaman Romero, and a sister, Mary Romero Garcia. Although her mother and father preceded her in death, she was taught to love others.
“Josie,” as she was affectionately called, was united in holy matrimony to Virgil L. Pittman, the love of her life, and was the mother of four children, Zachary Z., Zechariah L., Justin L. Pittman and Sabrina Madrid; she was grandmother of one, Chervel.
She loved her children and husband with everything that was in her. There was never any doubt that her family was first in her life.
She loved playing bingo, Scrabble, cards and board games. She was a practical joker and loved to jump out of places in an attempt to scare someone, but would laugh so hard when tables were turned, that she often could not hold her water. Her “Gatling gun” Spanish, when she became excited or very angry, was a sight to behold and experience. She loved to help her friends.
Josie claimed a hope in Jesus Christ at an early age. She was born on Aug. 10, 1945, and transitioned into that hope of glory on Dec. 2, 2018. She leaves to cherish her memory with not only her immediate family, but a host of relatives and friends.
“Weeping may endure for a night, but joy will come in the morning.” See you in the morning, dear one.
No services are scheduled 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 gust book is available at noblin.com.