Carl Richard Allen

Died 2018


Carl Richard Allen

Carl Richard Allen, age 56, passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 1, 2018.

He was a long-time resident of Bosque Farms.

Richard was preceded in passing by his mother, Darlena.

He’s survived by his daughters, Krystal (Tyler) Thorpe, of Bloomfield, and Kassidy (Donnie) Shorter, of Aztec; and six grandchildren.

He’s survived by his father, Carl Ray Allen, of Bosque Farms; his three sisters, Jackie (JD) Rayburn, of Los Lunas, Susan (James) Gibson, of Ruidoso, and Pamela (John) Miller, of Farmington, as well as many nieces and nephews; and his favorite aunt, Shirley, of Byers, Colo.

Richard attended school in the South Valley and Rio Grande High. He graduated from Los Lunas High School, where he played football. He loved car racing and particularly NASCAR.

He attended diesel school in Denver but chose truck driving as a profession. He spent many years as an over-the-road driver and retired after 30 plus years due to injury.

Cremation will take place after a private viewing. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Sept. 7, at the Church of Christ in Bosque Farms.

Please visit our online guestbook for Carl at FRENCH - University, 1111 University Blvd. NE, 843-6333.

Gilbert Aragon


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Gilbert Aragon

Gilbert Aragon, age 87, went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018.

He was born on Aug. 17, 1931, in Peralta. Gilbert was one of seven siblings born to Alfredo Aragon and Melecita Chavez.

He was a longtime resident and upstanding member of the Peralta community. Gilbert was well known as a loving great-grandfather, grandfather, father and brother to his large family. He, along with his wife, Margitta, who passed away in 2012, raised seven children in a house built by Gilbert in Peralta. Gilbert worked hard to support his large family in a way filled with love.

At an early age, Gilbert enlisted in the U.S. Army. This adventure and dedication to service took him to different parts of the world. He most notably took part in two conflicts, the Korean War and Vietnam War. Gilbert, with honor and distinction, earned many military awards and commendations, most notably the Bronze Star for meritorious service in a combat zone. He attained the rank of master sergeant.

In 1973, Gilbert separated from the U.S. Army and continued serving his country as a federal firefighter at Kirtland Air Force Base, until finally retiring fully in 1996.

Gilbert is survived by his sons, Gilbert “Frank” Aragon, Manuel Aragon and John Aragon; daughters, Dollie East, Gina Aragon, Carmen Nguyen and Anna Garcia; sons-in-law, Terry East, Tong Nguyen and Robert Garcia; daughters-in-law, Pam Aragon and Debbie Aragon; grandchildren, TJ, Cheyanne, Ben, Heidi, Cody, Tyler, Matthew, Andrew, Joseph, Payton, Chris, Jerod, Jacob and little Sophia; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Felix and Manuel; sisters, Colfita and Rita; as well as many other extended family and friends.

Services will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Peralta on Thursday, Sept. 6, beginning with a viewing at 1 p.m., a Rosary at 2 p.m., followed by the Funeral Mass at 3 p.m., with a reception to follow. Interment will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 7.

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

Louie Aragon


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Louie Aragon

Louie Aragon, age 87, a life-long resident of Belen, passed away peacefully at his home on Sept. 4, 2018.

He was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, and he enjoyed serving his church as a longtime usher and member of the Knights of Columbus.

Louie served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Louie was a long-time barber, owning and operating Louie’s Modern Barber Shop on Belen’s Main Street for well over 45 years. He was a longtime San Francisco 49ers fan, and he loved riding his scooter all around his beloved Belen.

At a very young age, Louie loved going with his family to Aragon, N.M., where they owned and ran a large sheep ranch. At the age of 12, his family moved to Livingston, Calif., where he graduated from high school in 1950.

Louie met his beloved wife, Anthony, after coming from California to attend a funeral. They soon married and moved to California, where they lived for 10 years, then moved back to Belen to raise their family.

His pride and joy were his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Nothing pleased him more than when he was surrounded by all of his family.

Louie was preceded in death by his loving wife of 40 years, Anthony Baca Aragon, in 1997; two children, Bobby and Jaclyn Aragon; one granddaughter, Dailyn Aragon; his parents, Fermin and Librada Garcia Aragon; four siblings, Andrew Aragon, Eloisa Lucaroni, Bennie Aragon and Kady Mendoza; his in-laws, Nora and Narciso Ulivarri and Tom Gallegos.

He is survived by his three loving children, Rosalyn (Henry) Romero, Vicki Aragon and Louie (Jackie) Aragon II; eight loving grandchildren and 10 loving great-grandchildren; also one brother, Albert (Evelyn) Aragon; one sister, Ymelda (Phil) York; three sisters-in-law, Lillian and Ruby Aragon and Florinda Gallegos.

Louie is also survived by his many loving cousins, nieces and nephews. His friend and companion, Martha Torres, became a big part of his and his family’s life.

All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, beginning with a public viewing at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, with a Rosary to be recited at 7 p.m.. A final visitation will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 12:30 p.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Joseph Aragon, Ambros Montoya, Jared Romero, Jared Adams, BJ Taipalus, Herman Gallegos, Rafael Ulivarri, Patrick Aragon and Gil Aragon.

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

Cierra J. Bussey


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Cierra J. Bussey

Cierra J. Bussey, age 24, passed away on Sept. 1, 2018.

She was a resident of Belen.

Cierra was preceded in death by paternal grandfather, Joe M. Archuleta; and uncle, Philip Peralta.

She is survived by her loving children, Alyssa, William and Brianna; mother, Lynn Ortega (Andrew); father, Seferino Guerrera; stepfather, Chris Peralta; sister, Caity Peralta; brother, Christopher Peralta; maternal grandparents, Michael and Cheryl Bussey; paternal grandmother, Eleanor A. Labadie; grandparents, Pauline and Herilberto Peralta; and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Services will take place on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, beginning with a public visitation at 9 a.m., a Rosary at 9:30 a.m., a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m., with interment immediately following at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.

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

James J. Landovazo


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James Landovazo

James J. Landovazo, age 73, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018.

He is preceded in death by parents, Frank and Josphine Landovazo; and sister, Sandra Aragon.

James is survived by his loving wife, of 50 years, Ruby Landovazo; sons, Daryl Landovazo (Rachel) and Brian Landovazo (Nami). He is also survived by his loving grandchildren, Brianna, Julia, Brittany, Michael, Sami Jo, Jaime, Louisa, Trevor and Taylor; sisters, Rosemary Toledo and Joan Sammons.

All services will be held at San Clemente Catholic Church on Monday, Sept. 10. A visitation will begin at 8:30 a.m., with a Rosary to be recited at 9:30 a.m., and a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will be at a later date.

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

Eva A. Meza


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Eva A. Meza

Eva A. Meza, age 86, a resident of Albuquerque, peacefully passed away on Sept. 1, 2018.

Services will take place at a later date. Please contact Romero Funeral Home for further information 864-8501.

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

Georgia Otero-Kirkham


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Georgia Otero-Kirkham

Georgia Otero-Kirkham, age 67, a resident of El Cerro, passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 28, 2018.

She was very active in the community. Georgia was currently the vice president of the Los Lunas Board of Education, a member of the Valencia County Hispano Chamber and the UNM-Valencia Development Board. At the time of her passing, she was seeking her third term as a Valencia County commissioner; having previously served two terms from 2004-2012.

Georgia and husband, Rex Kirkham, served as owner operators of Fidelity Title, Inc., and later Stewart Title; serving Valencia County for a total of 38 years.

She had a true calling as a public servant. Being a deeply devout Catholic, Georgia spent many hours serving Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Peralta as a member of the Legion of Mary.

Georgia was preceded in death by her loving husband, J. Rex Kirkham; her parents, Manuel Otero Jr. and Viola B. Otero; and her in-laws, Jim and Joan Kirkham.

She is survived by her two daughters, Jennifer (Joseph) Otero and Janel (Bryan) Lowery; brothers, Jerry (Madalyn) Otero and Roberto (Gayla) Otero; sisters, Pamela (Rocky Hill) Otero and Martha (Tim Welch) Otero; aunt, Ramona Vinson; granddaughters, Jocelyn Otero, Justine Otero and Janessa Otero; grandsons, Preston Lowery and Parker Lowery; and many caring nieces, nephews and cousins.

All services were held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Peralta on Friday-Saturday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1.

Interment will be held at a later date.

In lieu in of flowers, please make donations to the Parish Hall Building Fund of Our Lady of Guadalupe, or any donation of school supplies to the students of Los Lunas Schools.

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

Amber Sanchez-Bunny


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Amber Sanchez-Bunny

Amber Sanchez-Bunny, age 35, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Sept. 1, 2018.

She was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. She was a proud mother and grandmother, and loved spending time with her family and friends.

Very rarely would you ever see her without a big smile and open arms to greet you. She always showed everyone so much love and affection. She loved getting together with family, catching up and especially watching the Dallas Cowboys.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Bunny.

Amber is survived by her children, Isaiah Sanchez, Laricsa Sanchez (Jacob) and Janeice Sanchez; grandson, Zackariah Rivera; her parents, Marty and Bernice Sanchez; siblings, Melissa Sanchez-Lucero (Daniel) and Martin Sanchez Jr. (Christian); fiancé, Jonathan Felts; the Bunny family, Nelsen, JR, Phoebe, Coleen, Grandma Elsie, Yvonne and Skyler; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents.

All services will be held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Tuesday, Sept. 11. A viewing will begin at 10 a.m., with a Rosary to be recited at 10:30 a.m., and a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m.

Pallbearers will be Isaiah Sanchez, Martin Jr., Josiah, Martin Sanchez III, Melissa Lucero and Jacob Rivera. Honorary pallbearers will be Marty Sanchez and Zackariah Rivera.

The Sanchez family would like to thank everyone for their compassion, support and love during their time of need.

William Jack Sellars Jr.



William Jack Sellars Jr.

William Jack Sellars Jr. was funny, caring, generous, kind, brave, courageous, righteous, loving and faithful.

He also had a temper and a tendency to cuss! He loved God and his family above all else. He enjoyed spending time with family, in nature, hunting, fishing, camping, metal detecting, football, boxing, reading and studying the Bible.

He was the oldest man to complete a degree from the East Tennessee School of preaching at the age of 70. He loved nature, dogs and animals of all kinds. He was a great farmer and could grow anything, especially fruit trees.

He worked for the railroad for more than 40 years as an engineer, and was one of the last men alive to fire a coal-burning engine.

Jack passed away peacefully in his sleep and went to be with our God in Heaven and Lord Jesus Christ at 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 22. He was 91 years of age.

Jack was born in Clovis, N.M., but moved to Belen with his family when he was about 4 years old.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Sunny Brannan Sellars, of Belen; his children, Vicky Sellars Hale, of Veguita, Jackson Sellars, of Tomé, Rebecca Sellars, of Las Cruces; his grandchildren, Will Hale, Ira Sellars, Cody Hale, Autumn Sellars Collins, Sunny Sharon Sellars Pacheco; nine great-grandchildren, Alathea Sellars, Cheyenne Sellars, Cadance Sellars, Madilyn Hale, Reily Hale, Aconee Collins, Rayleah Sellars, Weldon Collins, and one more on the way; countless uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Evelyn Sellars Brannan; and brother-in-law, Joe Brannan, of Los Chavez; brother-in-law, Bill Brannan, of Hurley; sister-in-law, Brenda Jo Brannan, of Albuquerque; mother, Murial Rodgers Sellars; and father, Jack Sellars Sr., both of Belen.

A memorial service for Jack is planned for 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Golf Road Church of Christ in Belen, behind what used to be Donut King. The service will consist of a sing along and sharing of memories, followed by refreshments and playing 42 and Pinnacle. Anyone wishing to bring food or share their memories of Jack at the memorial are welcome. Come mourn and rejoice with us a life will lived.

Burial services will be private.

Frank A. Tafoya



Frank A. Tafoya

Frank A. Tafoya, age 64, of Las Vegas, Nev., passed away on Aug. 21, 2018.

He was born on Nov., 12, 1953, in Belen, to Antonio and Lois Sparman Tafoya.

Frank is preceded in death by his parents, Antonio and Lois; his grandmothers, Alicia Gurule and Nina Sparman Collins.

He is survived by his loving brother, Richard; and loving sister-in-law, Mary Helen Tafoya. Frank is also survived by a daughter, Alexis Marie; sister, Alana; his aunt, Dolores; uncle, Al; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Frank served his country in the United States Army. He worked and retired from the U.S. Postal Service in Las Vegas, Nev. Frank loved his family dearly and loved his cats.

He was known by many as a kind-hearted man with a big heart. Frank loved watching and talking sports, and loved fishing. He will be remembered by many as a funny guy with a great wit and sense of humor.

A Mass for Frank was held on Sept. 4 at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Frank’s name to the Animal Humane Society.

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

Bernard Lee Thompson


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Bernard Lee Thompson

Bernard Lee Thompson, age 70, a resident of Los Lunas, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018.

Bernard was a Vietnam veteran with a Purple Heart, who worked as a correctional officer. He loved his family and ranch, hunting and fishing, his horses, his dog Gordo, and his 4-wheelers.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Ott and Ruby Thompson; brothers, Clifford, Kennith, David, Marvin, George and Billy; sisters, Helen and Sophie.

Bernard is survived by his wife, Ellyn; sons, Lee and his wife, Vanessa, Shawn and his daughter, Hailey and his special friend, Vallery, Chad and his fiancé, Karen, and their children, Melanie, Dominic, Stephanie and Michael; his three great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Karl and Marianna.

Services will be held at Calvary Chapel Rio Grande Valley in Belen at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12.

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

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