Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Deaths and funerals

Stella C. Baca y Castillo
1912-2003

Stella C. Baca y Castillo, 91, passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter, Mary Sanchez, on Sunday evening, Aug. 10, after a long illness.

She was one of six daughters of Felipe Castillo, a longtime Belen blacksmith, and Macedonia Castillo. She was born and raised in Pueblitos, south of Belen, and, up until two years ago, resided in La Costancia. Stella and her sisters helped their father work the farm and the blacksmith shop. She often recalled her childhood very fondly, remembering the wonderful times she had with her sisters. They were gracious, loving sisters who enjoyed life to its fullest. Stella also spoke lovingly of Arculla, the mother who raised them after her birth mother passed away during the flu epidemic of 1918.

As a young lady attending a teacher's convention, Stella met the man she was to spend the rest of her life with. Early in her marriage, she substituted as a teacher alongside her husband, who was a teacher for the Belen School for more than 42 years. As a loving and devoted mother and wife, she was always positive and full of spirit.

She was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, Catholic Daughters of America, and a ladies card club, which she enjoyed very much.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband of 67 years, Frank D. Baca in 2001; and her three sisters, Mary Aragon, Florela Baca and Emma Mora.

Stella is survived by her five children, Mary Sanchez of Albuquerque, Albert Baca and his wife, Darlene, of La Mirada, Calif., Frank Baca and his wife, Jo, of Fallbrook, Calif., Louis Baca and his wife, Debbie, of Albuquerque and Angela Cap-shaw of Chicago; 11 grandchildren, Claude Sanchez Jr., Connie Terry, Pauline Sanchez, Daniel Sanchez, Christopher Baca, Leslie Acevedo, Tracy Warman, Pamela Bennett, Michael Baca, Miranda Baca and Crista Ciska; and 18 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Rebecca Abeyeta of Belen and Fina Gilbert of Houston, Texas.

She will be greatly missed by many people, especially her sisters, her children and all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at Romero Funeral Home, with a rosary to be recited by Deacon Norbert Sanchez at 6 p.m. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, with Father Schultz officiating. Interment will be at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Cemetery.

Her granddaughters will be her pallbearers, including Connie Terry, Pauline Sanchez, Leslie Acevedo, Tracy Warman, Pamela Bennett, Miranda Baca, Crista Ciska and Monique Baca. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Robert Owen Barlen
1925-2003

Robert Owen Barlen, 77, of Monahans, Texas, and formerly of Belen, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 6, at his home.

Born on Sept. 10, 1925, in Gunnison, Colo., he had been an engineer.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Wilma, in 1995; his parents and two brothers.

He is survived by his wife, Sharron Barlen of Monahans; his sons, Douglas Barlen of Arlington, Texas, and Kyle Barlen of Cleburne, Texas; his step-daughters, Cacy Green of Monahans, and Kelly Cooper of Fort Stockton, Texas; a sister, Ellen Chapman of Kennewick, Wash.; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and numerous nephews and nieces.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at St. Philip's Episcopal Church in Rio Communities, with the Rev. Robert Maxwell officiating.

The family requests memorials be made to the Scottish Rite Crip-pled Children's Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, or to the charity of your choice in lieu of flowes.

Carmelita Briscoe
1940-2003

Carmelita Briscoe, a resident of Albuquerque and native-born of Isleta Pueblo, passed away on Friday, Aug. 8.

Carmelita was preceded in death by her father, Depoldo Whippie; a son, Jerry Briscoe; and her mother, Maria Whippie.

Carmelita was a memeber of St Edwin's Catholic Church in southwest Albuquerque.

She is survived by George Briscoe, her husband of 41 years; sons, George Briscoe Jr., of Moriarty, and Mike Briscoe and wife, Kerry, of Washington State; a daughter, Georgianna Gallegos and husband, Tibo, of Los Lunas; step-daughters, Yvette Briscoe Thomas and Danny, and Connie Briscoe, all of Louisiana; a brother, Joseph and Ellen Whippie of California; a sister, Lola Montoya and Porfilio; many, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and other family members who she loved very much.

Her grandchildren were her joy. Carmelita had a love for everyone and a heart that went out to everyone.

Services will be held at St. Edwin's Catholic Church, 2105 Barcelona S.W. in Albuquerque. A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13. A Mass will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14. Burial will follow at Los Padillas Cemetery. Arrangements by Direct Funeral services, 2919 Fourth N.W. in Albuquerque.

Steve DeAnda
1962-2003

Steve DeAnda, 41, of Los Lunas, died on Saturday, Aug. 9, at University Hospital in Albuquerque.

He was in the Army National Guard.

He is survived by his father, Tony DeAnda of Las Vegas, Nev.; his mother, Molly DeAnda of Los Lunas; and two sons, Gabriel and Steve Jr., both of Los Lunas.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Rudy DeAnda.

A rosary was held Tuesday, Aug. 12, at San Clemente Catholic Church. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at San Clemente. Burial will follow at the parish cemetery. Aspen Funeral Alternatives, 323-9000.

Lupita V. Jaramillo
1914-2003

Lupita V. Jaramillo, 89, a resident of El Cerro, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 10. She was a member of Sangre de Cristo Catholic Church in Valencia, the Legion of Mary and Our Lady of Guadalupe Sewing Committee.

Lupita enjoyed sewing for her family, her beloved church, and the altar society. For many years, she assisted her husband in the operation of a dairy farm.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Max Jaramillo, in 1976; her sisters, Dulemia Aragon and Rosina Vigil; her brothers, Estanislado Vigil and Joseph Vigil; and a granddaughter, Bray-lene J. Jaramillo.

Lupita is survived by her children, Lillian Otero and her husband, Lorenzo, of Albuquerque, Sylvia Jaramillo Moya, Eugene Jaramillo, both of El Cerro; Vivian Jaramillo and his wife, Judy, of Mesa, Ariz., Benny Jaramillo and his wife, Bernadette, and Fred Jaramillo and his wife, Alma, all of El Cerro. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, Loren and Lynn Otero; Yvonne, Brian, Danielle, and Dion Jaramillo; Michele Ashley and her husband, Levi; Brandy Ortiz and her husband, Patrick; Brandon Jaramillo and his wife, Jackie; Breanna Fisher and her husband, Justin; Neil Jaramillo and his wife, Nadia; Joel Jaramillo and his wife, Cristina; Mara Jaramillo; and Max, Irene and Paul Moya; eight great-grandchildren, Bryce and Cora Jaramillo; Levi and Anderson Ashley; Joshua and Isaac Ortiz; and Austin and Kylee Jaramillo. She is also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, godchildren and caretakers.

All services will be held at Sangre de Cristo Catholic Church. A viewing was held on Tuesday, Aug. 12, followed by a rosary. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, with interment following in the Valencia Catholic Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Loren Otero, Brian, Brandon, Neil, Joel, and Dion Jaramillo and Max and Paul Moya. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Norma Carol Moss
1952-2003

Norma Carol Moss, 50, a resident of Bosque Farms, died peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 9.

She taught pre-school at Jellybean Day Care and then later taught kindergarten and first grade at Miracle Center Christian Academy, where she later served as principal.

Norma was preceded in death by a daughter, Car-olyn Ann Moss.

She is survived by her faithful husband of 33 years, Johnny Moss; a son, J.D. Moss, and his wife, Pam, of Albuquerque; a daughter, Barbara Clower and her husband, Kevin, of Ruidoso; her parents, the Rev. Adrian and Lila Harper of Bosque Farms; three brothers, Rudy Harper of Seattle, Wash., Steve Harper and his wife, Patti, of Gallup and Joe "Little Joe" Salazar of Gallup; two sisters, Lynn Davis and husband, Jim, of Los Lunas, and Darlene Harvey of Bosque Farms; and numerous nieces, nephews, friends and family who loved her dearly.

Visitation for Norma will begin at 9:30 a.m. and funeral services to begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the First Assembly of God Church, 19398 North Highway 85 in Belen, with the Rev. Greg Burchfield officiating. Interment is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Don Durante Sr., Jim Kumley, Clyde Johnson, Robbie Burchfield, Tom Kettles and Ben Taul. Honorary pallbearers will be Scott Moss, Phillip Nelson, Bill Moss and David Lovato.

If you would like to make a donation to the Norma Moss Memorial Fund in lieu of flowers, you may do so at the Bank of Belen, 2199 Main St., Los Lunas, 87031, phone 869-7512. Arrange-ments by Riverside Funeral Home in Belen.

Felicita Salazar
1897-2003

Our Lord has finally called Felicita to his side after 105 years.

She will be greatly missed by all her children, Petra Griego and her husband, Bert Griego, Albert Benavidez and his wife, Sally. She will also be missed by 16 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Upon reaching heaven, she will be greeted by Merejildo Benavidez, her husband of 39 years; Felipe Salazar, her husband of three years; and her beloved daughter, Tonie. Many more will be there to share in her happiness.

Felicita was born in Santa Clara, N.M., on Nov. 20, 1897, and moved to Belen, where she raised her family before relocating to El Paso to be near her daughter.

Her life touched three centuries; she saw things most people only dream about.

The family thanked Coronado Nursing Hoccccme, Providence Medical Center, Odyssey Hospice and Queen of Peace Catholic Church.

A viewing was held on Friday, Aug. 8. Funeral service was held on Saturday, Aug. 9, at Queen of Peace Catholic Church in El Paso. Graveside services followed. Harding Orr & McDaniel Funeral Service in El Paso.


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