Claudia Marie Arndt

Died 2020

Claudia Marie Arndt, age 68, a resident of Belen, passed away on Dec. 20, 2020.

Claudia was a member of Belen First Assembly of God. She will always be remembered as the Proverbs 31 woman.

She was married to the love of her life, Charles Arndt, for 49 years. Claudia had the most loving and caring heart and has impacted lives all across the country. Claudia’s love and devotion to her family will always be a shining example to those who have been blessed to know her.

She believed in the power of prayer and she was called on to pray for those in need. God has used Claudia in ways that she never expected, and she has left a forever impact on those who know and love her.

Claudia was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Mildred Wyatt; and a brother, Richard Wyatt.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Arndt, of Belen; daughter, Lisa Arndt, of Belen; sons, Christopher Arndt and Victor Arndt, of Kansas City, Mo.; sister, Linda Hazlett, of Kearney, Mo.; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at a later date.

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

Vidal Ruben “Scooter” Baca


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Vidal Ruben “Scooter” Baca

Vidal Ruben “Scooter” Baca, age 58, went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 20, 2020, after battling cancer for 7 1/2 years. He was surrounded by his loving family.

Ruben was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. He was well known for his kindness, mechanics and was a “jack of all trades,” who would help whoever he could.

Ruben is preceded in death by his father, George C. Baca; brothers, Lorenzo, Tomas “Tommy” and Fernando Baca; grandparents, Juan and Elena Vallejos, and Tomas and Margarita Baca; stepson, Michael “Tiger” Martinez.

He is survived by his life partner of 28 years, Virginia Martinez; Adrianna Martinez, his granddaughter who he raised; stepsons, John (Dianna) Martinez and Steven (Gloria) Martinez; grandchildren, Angel, Gabriel and Leticia; his mother, Emma Baca; brother, George Baca; sisters, Dolores Ramirez, Patsy (Frankie) Sedillo, Josephine Baca, Lorraine (Phillip) Delgado and Helen Vallejos; sister-in-law, Diedra Baca; and many loving nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens on at 10 a.m., Monday, Jan. 4.

The family would like to thank everyone for their support, prayers and love during this difficult time.

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

Annie L. Carrillo


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Annie L. Carrillo

Annie L. Carrillo, age 83, a lifelong resident of Belen, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020.

Annie was born on March 16, 1937. She was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. As a devoted Catholic and person of faith, the Lord gave her strength to overcome life’s many trials and tribulations. Because the light shined so brightly in her life, she was one of those rare and special people who brought friendship, joy and laughter into other people’s lives. During her life, she loved deeply and was in-turn loved. She will be truly missed.

Annie was the loving wife of Pat E. Carrillo. Together they had five sons, Lorenzo, Anthony, Moises, Philip and Norman. Annie’s boys were the love of her life. Annie was often heard sharing with family and friends, “Those are my boys.” Her boys loved their mother.

Annie loved experiencing mid-life with her partner of 20 years, Jose (Sonny) Gurule, camping, fishing, riding 4-wheelers, motorcycles and especially traveling. Together, they explored every corner of the state.

She loved music and dancing. Annie canoed in New Hampshire and parasailed at Elephant Butte Lake without knowing how to swim. She worked and retired from the Belen Consolidated Schools as a cook at Jaramillo Elementary, where she enjoyed some of her closest friendships.

Annie was preceded in death by her parents, Pablo and Manuelita Sanchez; mother and father-in-law, Antonio and Lutgarda Carrillo; husband, Patricio (Pat) E. Carrillo; and loving son, Phillip J. Carrillo; brothers, Amado Sanchez and Gilbert Sanchez; sisters, Mary Sanchez, Eloisa Sanchez and Lourdes Baca.

Annie is survived by her sons and their wives, Lorenzo (Barbara), Anthony (Martha), Moises (Denise) Judith Carrillo and Norman (Heidi) Carrillo. Annie leaves behind 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers include Patrick Carrillo, Joseph Carrillo, Krystle Jojola, Jenessa Carrillo, Kevin Carrillo, Stephen Carrillo, Ashlee Carrillo and Benny Chavira. Honorary pallbearers include Annie’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

All services will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, beginning with a visitation at 9 a.m., a Rosary to be recited at 9:30 a.m., and the Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Internment to follow.

Please sign Annie’s online tribute page at

Paul A. Cherino


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Paul A. Cherino

Paul Anthony Cherino, of Isleta Pueblo, passed away on Dec. 14, 2020. He was 58.

Paul was born Jan. 26, 1962. He attended school in the Los Lunas Schools system and graduated from Los Lunas High School in 1980. He attended New Mexico State University for a year or more before returning home.

Paul was very kind to all who knew him, well liked by many, and always enjoyed having family and friends around. He made his home all his life in Isleta at the family home where he grew up.

He had different types of jobs being a skillful house-builder, and for a short time, a very good cook! But farming, and the outdoor way of life, seemed to be his life-long passion.

Paul married Carmen Gonzales in October 1997. The marriage ended in divorce in March 2009. Paul never re-married.

Paul was preceded in death by father, Albert Cherino Sr.; mother, E. Frances Cherino; and brother, Albert Cherino Jr.

He is survived by sisters, Mary C. Montoya and husband, Pete Montoya and Carleen Cherino, and friend, Faustino Myers; brother, Alan Cherino and wife, Lisa Kaye Cherino; friend, Cecilia Montoya, and several nieces and nephews.

Rite of Committal was held on Dec. 15 in Isleta Pueblo with immediate family attending. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic no other services are planned at this time.

Ernestina “Tina” Gonzales


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Ernestina “Tina” Gonzales

Ernestina “Tina” Gonzales, born on April 7, 1931, passed away on Dec. 9, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.

She is survived by her children Lorenzo (Cleo) Gonzales, Theresa Gonzales, Jason (Gloria) Gonzales and Yvonne (Ruben) Gonzales Moya; 10 grandchildren, Tino (Mirabel) Marquez, Marcus Montano, Simon Montano, Anthony (T.J.) Romero, Ruben V. Moya, Jazmine (Dominic) Sosa, Vanessa Gonzales, Lorenzo Gonzales Jr., Jason Gonzales Jr., (Crystal) and Samuel Moya; plus 20 great-grandchildren and seven great great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Silva; and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Simon “Sam” Gonzales, with whom she started S&J Service Station back in 1963, later adding a car wash and other businesses of an archery shop and auto shop.

She loved gambling at all the local casinos and Las Vegas, shopping for clothes, jewelry, purses and traveling to different places where they had gambling. She accumulated many dolls and other knickknacks over the years, which she proudly displayed.

She helped raise all her grandchildren in one way or another. Her favorite color was purple. She did like to be spoiled by her family. She had a special bond with her great-grandson, Micah.

She is also preceded in death by her sisters, Carol Gonzales and Leandra Acevez; brother, Raymond Casias; and grandson, Ray Garcia Jr.

Services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at San Clemente Catholic Church. Burial followed at San Clemente Cemetery.

The pallbearers were Marcus Montano, Simon Montano, Jason Gonzales Jr., Ruben V. Moya, Samuel Moya and “grandson” Dominic Sosa.

Please visit the online tribute for Tina at

Lucy “Lucia” Vialpando Holliday


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Lucy “Lucia” Vialpando Holliday

Lucy “Lucia” Vialpando Holliday passed away of natural causes, peacefully in her home and surrounded by her family on Saturday, Dec. 19.

Lucy was born on May 18, 1932, was raised and lived her entire life in San Fernandez. She was the ninth daughter of 12 siblings born to Horacio and Vicentita Vialpando. She graduated from Los Lunas High School and started her life’s journey working at a local business in Los Lunas until she met and married Bill Holliday, and they had three children.

Lucy prided herself in being the family homemaker and life-teacher for her children, grandchildren and numerous others who were entrusted into her care.

Lucy is preceded in death by her husband, Bill Holliday; her parents, Horacio and Vicentita Vialpando; siblings, Romelio Viapando, Adelita Vialpando, Theresita Vialpando, Eloy Vialpando, Mike Vialpando, Sally Orona, Longie Diaz and Ruby Barela.

She is survived by her children, Donald (Valerie), Donna (Martin) and Ramona “Monie” (Brant); and grandchildren, Jared, Ashley, Janessa, Garrett, Molly and Aaron; great-grandchildren, Cain, Trenton, Korryn, Presley, Jessica, Coy, Breyer and Kamryn; her sisters, Nora Moya, Isabel Gabaldon and Sibie Padilla; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She was a proud parishioner of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Tomé her entire life. She was active and involved in many of the church’s ministries — baptism, RCIA, religious education, eucharistic minister and lector. Her church was her life! She had a very special relationship with the Lord and her church family, and will forever be grateful being the servant of her spiritual calling. She had a quiet and calming sense of hope in all of life’s challenges and reflected this outwardly to all.

Lucy was an honorable member of the Democratic Party and proud to be called upon by any potential candidate who sought her advice and/or guidance. Her lifelong lessons and vast knowledge were sound and her counsel was always spot-on, honest and trusted. She always looked forward to meeting people and advocating for her esteemed causes.

Lucy loved to dance and you could always find her toes tapping as soon as she heard music. She was an amazing dancer and competed in line dancing competitions for many years. We know that she has her dancing shoes on in heaven!

Lucy’s family would like to thank Armada Healthcare; Olivia, Terri, Anna and Joey, our many family members, and dear friends who have called, texted and stopped by to offer sympathy. We are so very grateful for all the support. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church building fund.

Due to the current circumstances, services will be postponed until a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas, 2211-D Main St., 866-9992.

Raymond Andoquio Lucero


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Raymond Andoquio Lucero

Raymond Andoquio Lucero, a resident of Los Lunas, took his first breath in Heaven on Dec. 19, 2020.

As God called him in saying, “Come on in good and faithful servant!” Ray replied in pure happiness, “C’mon somebody!” while dancing his “happy dance.”

He was born on April 13, 1970, in Albuquerque, to Joe and Erlinda Lucero.

He is survived by the love of his life, Lorrie Lucero, who he married on July 16, 1994. Their children are, son, Andoquio Lucero, (wife, Ashley); daughters, Sapphire Lucero and Jeweliana Urban; eight grandchildren, Aaliyah, Joseph, Andoquio III, Jhionni, Jae’N, Ohnestii, Alexzander and Brandy; siblings, Joe Lucero, Elizabeth Lucero, Fatima Valdez and Roberta Martinez (husband, Tony); one aunt, many nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Raymond was known for his love of God, always sharing The Word, his love for his family, encouraging others, his infectious laughter and smile, his silly dance, his saying, “C’mon somebody!” and his love of hunting and racing his banshee.

He loved to teach his children and grandchildren from the Bible to riding a bike to hunting, always building and fixing something. The list is endless. Everyone he met became an instant friend no matter the situation.

The impact he left on our lives will forever be imprinted on our hearts. We love you Ray!

Service will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, via Zoom at Elevate Church in Albuquerque.

Arrangements by Riverside Funeral Home.

Margaret Ortega


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Margaret Ortega

Margaret Ortega, age 82, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020.

She was born in Bernalillo on Dec. 30, 1937. Margaret lived her life here in New Mexico for many years. She moved to Los Lunas with her husband, who passed away many years earlier.

Margaret was the most beautiful person you could know, from a loving daughter, to a loving mother, grandmother and friend. She would brighten up your day with her smile, her laugh, her sense of humor and even the way she carried herself with confidence and elegance.

Margaret loved to listen to music, dance, shop, bake and cook. She also enjoyed attending senior centers, arts and craft shows and local fiestas.

Margaret loved her five children, all her siblings, her 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces, nephews and so many other beloved family members and dear friends. Margaret was loved and will always be missed. She will never be forgotten and will always and forever be in our hearts.

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

Doris Jean “Dottie” Parkhurst Petrilyak


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Doris Jean “Dottie” Parkhurst Petrilyak 

Doris Jean “Dottie” Parkhurst Petrilyak, age 91, passed peacefully on Dec. 22, 2020.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Nicholas Petrilyak; son, Nicholas M. Petrilyak; her parents, Harry I. and Anna Hilman Parkhurst; and brother, Robert L. Parkhurst.

Dottie was born May 3, 1929, in Glen Ridge, N.J. She graduated from Montclair High School in Montclair, N.J. In 1949, she graduated from Stratford College, in Danville, Va. After graduation, she moved to New York and worked for American Airlines at Idelwylde, now Kennedy Airport. In 1955, she married Nicholas Petrilyak and raised five children.

She is survived by a son, David Petrilyak, of Santa Monica, Calif.; daughters, Nancy (James) Treat, of Junction City, Kan., Donna Petrilyak, of Phoenix, Ariz., and Nina (Orlando) Sanchez, of Irving, Texas; daughter-in-law, Barbara Petrilyak, of Holly Springs, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Jennifer (Tate) Osterman, Lauren (Jason) Nagy, Stephen (Ashley) Petrilyak, Jarrad (Raquel) Petrilyak, Nicholas Treat, Michael Treat and Presley Sanchez; nine great-grandchildren, Elizabeth “Elle,” Emery, Madison, Kylie, Wyatt, Dax, Jacoby, Aria, Scarlett and Lincoln.

In New York, she was active in the Lord Sterling chapter of the D.A.R. She was a Cub Scout leader, member of Greenwich Civic Assn., PTA and Girl Scouts.

In 1973, the family moved to Belen. In New Mexico, she worked at the Los Lunas Hospital & Training School, was an active member of Charles Dibrell chapter of D.A.R. Mrs. Petrilyak was also active in the Rio Communities Association, Rio Communities Fire House Ladies Auxiliary, very active in the Republican Party of New Mexico, Valencia County NM Roadrunners Assn., VFW Post 2387 Ladies Auxiliary, Girl Scouts, 4-H and parent organizations for Belen Consolidated Schools. She enjoyed attending the many sports activities her children and grandchildren participated in.

She enjoyed the Belen High School concert and marching band as well as the UNM marching band, and the music department programs at UNM. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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George Harald (von Toll) Radcliffe


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George Harald (von Toll) Radcliffe

George Harald (von Toll) Radcliffe, 84, of Belen, passed away on Dec. 20, 2020.

After several years of fighting chronic illnesses and frequent cantankerousness, he summoned the strength to walk to his favorite TV chair, where he contentedly slipped away watching his favorite sport, football.

George was born on Dec. 12, 1936, to Baron Benno von Toll and Helen Lanceff in Tallinn, Estonia. Fearing Hitler’s invasion, they evacuated to East Germany. Later, the family relocated to Dresden, where they survived the World War II bombing and then fled to the American zone in West Germany.

George worked on a farm in exchange for food and board, and attended school while his mother worked at the general hospital in Wiesbaden, where she met Dr. Drummond Radcliffe. In 1950, George, his mother and sister, Irene, emigrated to the U.S., where they settled as a family with Dr. Radcliffe on his farm in Belen.

George loved the farm and enjoyed high school, where he excelled academically and proved to be an exceptional athlete in track and football. While in high school, George worked on the railroad as a switchman and loved it so much that he continued as a railroad man while attending the University of New Mexico.

He graduated from UNM with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and was drafted into the U.S. Army at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. He was assigned to the U.S. Army Medical Field School as a specialist 4th class. After his military service, George enrolled at the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

George never forgot the war years and the CARE packages of food that fed the hungry. After earning his degree from Thunderbird, George embarked on the first step of his life’s passion as the field representative in Haiti for the international aid group CARE.

His next posting was in Ecuador, where he met his wife, Mary King, who was serving there as a Peace Corps volunteer. They married in 1965, and their son, Christian Benno, was born the following year. George’s work took the family to Sri Lanka, Guatemala (where son, Darius, was born in 1971), Haiti, Tunisia, Chad and Honduras. After more than a decade overseas, George transferred to CARE headquarters in New York as the personnel director.

The family settled in Katonah, N.Y., where they made lifelong friendships. George finished his career in Brussels, Belgium, as CARE International’s secretary general.

George and Mary retired to the family farm in Belen. George enjoyed the horse races, regular poker sessions, weekly lunches with his buddies, the occasional CARE reunion and the company of many friends whom he had met at various stages of his life.

On the farm, he spent much of his time talking to his cows and stubbornly defying Mother Nature by standing in his fields, shovel in hand, irrigating uphill. He also enjoyed attending the Senior Olympic track events, where he could cheer on his wife and proudly don her many medals.

But he was at his best when he was enjoying his self-proclaimed status as a cattleman, at times achieving herds of up to eight head. George loved his fun and he loved New Mexico, too.

George was preceded in death by his mother, Helen; his biological father, Baron Benno von Toll; his stepfather, Dr. Drummond Radcliffe; his son, Christian Benno von Toll; and his brother-in-law, Brigadier Gen. William Douglass.

He is survived by his spouse, Mary; his son, Darius and his wife, Rachel (Kempf); his three grandchildren, Tess, Josie and Benno; his daughter-in-law, Elizabeth (Hoover) von Toll; as well as two sisters, Irene Douglass (and family) and Louise Radcliffe Fernandez and her spouse, Orlando (and family).

A family-friend memorial will be announced once the family has determined a date. We ask that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in George’s memory to your favorite charitable organization.

Adan Romero


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Adan Romero

Adan Romero gained his wings on Dec. 25, 2020, due to complications from COVID-19.

He was born Aug. 1, 1935, to Lauriano and Candida Rael Romero in Adelino, where he was raised with his brothers and sisters. In April 1954, Adan married his love, Carmel Sanchez Romero, and became a resident of Jarales.

Adan and Carmel shared 66 years of marriage and raised six children together — Lydia Castillo, Elizabeth Perea, Mary Ellen Chavez, Carmelina Gwilt, Mario Romero and Letitia Romero.

In Adan’s younger years, he enjoyed playing baseball, having poker games, was a member of the National Guard, was a truck driver for Swartsman’s meat packing and raised hogs in Los Trujillos, Jarales. Adan was a charter member for the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge.

He and his wife, Carmel, were selected to be padrinos of the 1969 Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church Fiestas. Adan had a generous spirit. He loved his pets, his coffee and a cigarette, singing, dancing and was the best dang pool shark around! He taught all of his grandchildren how to play pool. Adan had 13 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and 14 great great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Lauriano and Candida Romero; and his daughter, baby Mary Romero.

Adan is survived by his wife, Carmel; and their six children, his five sons-in-law, in-laws, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens on Jan. 8, 2021.

Pallbearers are Mario Romero, Jonathan Castillo, Christopher Castillo, Adam Gomez/Azael Perea-Wright, Joseph Gabaldon, Michael Hawkes, Zachary Combest and Alex Combest.

Honorary pallbearers are Leonard Castillo, Dale Perea, Kenny Barela, Gary Woo, Richard Gwilt, John Gonzales, Brian DeTommaso, Jonathan Castillo Jr., Matthew Chavez, Joseph Gabaldon Jr., Brian Gabaldon and Kobe Gabaldon.

Adan was a cherished husband, father and grandpa. He will be so deeply missed, leaving his legacy of love. Our family will not be the same without him. The family of Adan Romero would like to thank his caregivers and nurses that took care of him during his COVID-19 battle.

The family would like to also thank everyone for all of their love, care and support.

Please sign Adan’s online tribute at Arrangements handled compassionately by Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St. Belen.

Donald B. Watson


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Donald B. Watson

Donald B. Watson, born to Orvale and Valda Watson on Oct. 8, 1933, in Ralls, Texas, and a resident of Peralta, joined our Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, after reaching the age of 87 years old. He passed peacefully in his home with his family by his side.

Don was a very hard-working man and entrepreneur who owned and operated his long-running construction company in Peralta. He and his wife, Nettie, also owned the Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Shop in Los Lunas for many years.

When he wasn’t working, he spent time volunteering in many roles in his community. He was a proud member of the Bosque Farms Rodeo Association, a volunteer firefighter in Peralta for more than 30 years, and a member of the Valencia County Sheriff’s Posse.

Don enjoyed fishing, bowling, woodworking, attending the family reunions and spending time at his cabin in Pagosa Springs, Colo. Even up until his last few years of life, he could be seen on his tractor farming the fields.

Don was a strong, proud and good man. He is loved and will be missed by many!

Don is preceded in death by his mother and father, three brothers, one sister, his beloved wife of 52 years, Nettie Watson; and daughter, Donette Purinton.

He is survived by two siblings, Galen Watson and Betty Truelock; his two daughters, Diane and her husband, Louie Gurule, of Peralta, and Debby Parks, of Albuquerque; and niece, Elona and her husband, Tom Rocco, of Roseville, Calif.; 11 grandchildren, Adrian Apodaca, Michael Apodaca, Clete Purinton (wife, Ashleigh), Shawnee Legere (husband, Scott), Corey and Cameron Parks, Tina Armijo, Louie Gurule (wife, Tialisa) and David Gurule, Shayleen Lovins (husband, John) and Ross Rocco (wife, Corrine); and 16 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to caregiver Dorothy Domingues.

Services were held on Tuesday, Dec. 29, at Valley Church of Christ. Interment followed at Terrace Grove Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Randy Smith, Adrian Apodaca, Michael Apodaca, Clete Purinton, Corey Parks and Cameron Parks.

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

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