Joanne DeWitt Bach


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Joanne DeWitt Bach

Joanne DeWitt Bach, age 90, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018, at home and in the loving company of her daughter and two treasured caretakers.

She was born in 1928 in Tank, Pa., into a large family with seven sisters, who moved to Lancaster, Pa.

Joanne was predeceased in 2017 by her husband, George Bach, of Belen.

She is survived by six sisters, two of them older than she; and by her daughter, son, stepdaughter and stepson, three grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Joanne had a colorful life. After marrying George and while living in Massachusetts, she was founder and director of Alpha Center for Women in Springfield. Joanne was a master chef and an artist; and her late son, David Meade Walker, was an extremely accomplished artist.

She was a member of the Belen Art League, as well as several other local art groups and a book club – Joanne perhaps loved reading best of all. Being the granddaughter of two landscape professionals, she was an avid gardener and taught her family the joys of the outdoors and gardening.

Having come from the East Coast, Joanne finally mastered the art of xeriscaping when she moved to Belen in 1994, and was a member of the Xeriscape Club. Joanne was a volunteer for the Whitfield Wildlife Conservation Area and helped do plantings at the Bosque del Apache and the Camino del Real visitor center.

She was involved in politics for many years; Joanne campaigned for Bill Richardson, Michael Sanchez, Patricia Madrid, etc.

She wanted to live long enough to see her century plant in the front yard bloom — and she did.

There will be a private remembrance. Donations to Whitfield (WWCA) or the Bosque del Apache would be a lovely way to honor Joanne.

No services are scheduled at this time.

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

Eddy R. Brieno

Died 2018

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Eddy R. Brieno

Eddy R. Brieno, age 64, a resident of over “there,” passed away on Aug. 19, 2018.

His greatest passion was the outdoors, from hunting and fishing. Eddy worked on POS’s (cars) his whole life. He drank his coffee black and his beer ice cold. Eddy hated potatoes.

His early-bird approach in life was so that he could get stuff done then get to “beer time.” Eddy wasn’t one to slack off work because of laziness or tiredness; he did the work no matter what.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Amy, who had passed away 10 years prior. Now they are reunited in God’s glorious kingdom.

Eddy lived his life the way he wanted. He did not care what other people said or thought. You either really liked the man or disliked him, but either way, people respected him.

Eddy is survived by his children and grandchildren, as well as many friends and family.

A viewing will be held at Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 1. A graveside service will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Albuquerque at 12 p.m.. Please come and celebrate the life of Eddy Brieno.

Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., 866-9992.

Paul Burnett

Died 2018

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Paul Burnett

Paul Burnett, age 79, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018.

A memorial service will be held at the Church of Christ in Bosque Farms at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018.

Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., 866-9992.

Ira Lee Flock


Ira Lee Flock, age 84, of Belen, passed away on Aug. 26, 2018.

He was born in Ellis, Okla. Ira was always mechanically inclined and he chose the Air Force as his career. He proudly served in the Korean War, the Vietnam War and did a short stint in Saudi Arabia. Although he was taken as a POW, it didn’t stop him from courageously continuing his military career with bravery and honor.

After his military career was over, Ira moved to Belen with his wife, Quyt Flock (deceased). Here, he found a place where he could lay down roots. He opened a mechanics shop that he operated until age robbed him of the ability to do the work.

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Ira Lee Flock

Ira became a lifelong member of the Moose Lodge in 1976 and even served as its governor for a while; he found friends who were with him throughout his life. He was also a lifetime member of the American Legion.

He loved to hunt and fish, and when he could no longer participate in these activities due to his health, he turned his talented hands to woodworking. He taught himself how to make many things, his favorite being wooden whirly-gigs, and turning pens with a lathe.

Ira lived a full life filled with love, friends and family.

He was preceded in death by Quyt Flock (wife), Mary Flock (daughter), Steven Flock (son), Charlie Flock (son) and Steven Richard Davis (grandson).

Ira is survived by Ngoc Flock (wife), Patty Jo Smith (daughter), Toan Huynh (daughter), Tony Huynh (son-in-law), Ly Flock (daughter), William Flock (son), David Flock (son), Yevonne Flock (daughter), Larry Willcockson (son-in-law), Truc Ly (daughter), Trang Nguyen (daughter), Karina Flock (daughter), Penny Flock (daughter), Terry Flock (daughter) and Robin Flock (daughter). He has 34 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

Services were held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel in Belen on Wednesday, Aug. 29. Interment took place immediately after at Terrace Grove Cemetery.

Pallbearers were William Flock, David Flock, Tony Huynh, Larry Willcockson, Dylan Flock and Derek Flock.

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

Rylee Amelia Lawson


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Rylee Amelia Lawson

Rylee Amelia Lawson, of Albuquerque, by way of Belen, passed away on Aug. 22, 2018, from complications due to an acute asthma attack.

She had many loves, which included her family, her farm animals and pets, and volleyball.

She attended St. Mary’s Belen Catholic School from pre-k through sixth grade, where she made many friends with her peers as well as her teachers throughout the years.

Rylee lived her life by following the mantra to always be kind, loving, caring and sharing. Following the family’s move to Albuquerque, she eagerly anticipated beginning a new school year at Explore Academy in Albuquerque.

She is preceded in death by her paternal step-grandfather, Lukasz Filipczak.

Rylee is survived by her mother, Stephanie Walton-Flilipczak; and her father, Geoffrey Lawson; her step-parents, Piotr Filipczak and Lisa Beauchene-Lawson; two newborn baby sisters, Charlotte Rose Filipczak and Brooke Lawson; her maternal grandmother, Marsha Walton; and paternal grandparents, Bill and Berlinda Lawson, all of Belen. Rylee is also survived by step-grandparents, Paul and Janice Beauchene, of Arizona, and Jolanta Filipczak, of Poland. Additional survivors in her immediate family include a very dear great-great uncle, Lloyd Lawson, of Coal Valley, Ill.; uncle, Eric Walton; uncle, Brad Lawson; aunt, Sonia Lawson and Ryan Lawson-Maeske, all of Texas.

Her extended family includes numerous aunts, uncles and cousins and the volleyball community, who loved her dearly.

All services were held on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. Interment took place immediately following at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.

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

Janet Diane Lopez



Janet Diane Lopez

Janet Diane Lopez, 53, a resident of Los Lunas, was called home to the Lord on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, while surrounded by her family.

Janet was a loving mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend, who had a contagious laugh and a smile that would light up a room. Janet was a beautiful person inside and out, with a heart of gold, who cared and helped anyone in need.

She loved to be around family, cooking, dancing and going to bingo. She was also a very proud grandmother of seven and was often found in the stands cheering them on at their games; she was their biggest fan!

Janet was preceded in death by her mother, Estella Lopez (Stella); stepfather, Ruben Gutierrez; brother, Robert Lopez; grandparents, Ramon Lopez, Anita Lopez, Estella Chavez and Juan Chavez; and great nephew, Zachariah Gallegos-Quesada.

Janet is survived by her father, Reyes Lopez; stepmother, Lisa Lopez; partner, Robert Cordero; and his children, sons, Robert Pino (Monica Marquez) and Clarence Pino (Cassie Lopez); daughter, Yolanda Pino (Andres Barron); the father of her children, Mike Pino; seven grandchildren, Isaiah Marquez, Robert Pino Jr., Rico Pino, Elias Barron, Katalina Barron, Analeyah Pino and Clarence Pino Jr. (CJ); sisters, Annette Gomez (Alfred Gomez) and Roberta Lopez (Johnny Ray Ortiz); brother, Ray Charles Lopez (Tanya Lopez); six nephews, three nieces and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services were held at San Clemente Catholic Church on Monday, Aug. 27.

Pallbearers were Joe Gallegos, Sammy Ray Vallejos, Stevie and Daniel Garcia, Johnny and Andrew Lopez, Isaiah Marquez and Andres Barron. Honorary pallbearers were Robert, Yolanda and Clarence Pino.

Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas Chapel, 2211-D Main St., 866-9992.

Elda Rigdon


Elda Rigdon, age 85, a resident of Belen, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018.

She was a manager for WalMart for more than 24 years, and enjoyed to travel.

Elda is preceded in death by her husband, Earl Afton Rigdon in 1975; and son-in-law, Wes Watson.

She is survived by her son, Larry Rigdon, and wife Sherri; and daughters, Lynn England, and husband, Michael, and Cindy Watson (widow of Wes Watson).

A graveside service was held at Fairview Memorial Park on Saturday, Aug. 25.

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

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