Saturday, August 27, 2005

Deaths and funerals

Eugenio Baca
1917 - 2005

Eugenio Baca, a lifelong resident of Belen, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

Eugenio was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II as a Secret Service messenger in the South Pacific and Canada.

He was a well-known area farmer, making his living farming for many years.

Eugenio is preceded in death by his parents, Enrique and Margarita Baca; sister, Cecilia Vigil, and her husband, Ernest Vigil; four brothers, Elfego, Eloy, Alfonso, Edenio; and one brother-in-law, Hernandez Castillo.

He is survived by one sister, Ramona Castillo; and one brother, Benjamin, and his wife, Marie, of Forth Worth, Texas. He is also survived by his loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A viewing will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, at Romero Funeral Home Chapel. The Rosary will follow at 2:30 p.m. Final visitation will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 29, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church with the funeral Mass beginning promptly at 9 a.m.

Interment will take place at 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, at Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Hilario Baca, Tony Chavez, Tom Torres, Michael Garcia, John Garcia, and Feliciano Serna. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.

Judy Evelyn Candelaria
1951 - 2005

Judy Evelyn Candelaria, 54, a resident of Belen, passed away on Aug. 25.

She was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. Judy was dedicated and faithful with others needs. She was a very hard working woman who was always there to support her family. She will be missed very dearly.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Julianita Jaramillo; her father, Modesteo Velasquez; brother, Nick Velasquez; niece, Patricia Velasquez; and uncle, Louie Jaramillo.

Judy is survived by her husband, Dennis Candelaria; daughter, Joyce Gallegos; son, John Gonzales; grandchildren, Vanessa Mascarenas, Zipporah Gonzales and Wyatt Gonzales; daughter-in-law, Mayline Gonzales; mother, Marcella Velasquez; sister, Joann and husband, Sosteno Gonzales; brother, Tony and MaryAlice Velasquez; cousin, Barbara Pino and family; and the Candelaria family. Judy is also survived by her best friend, Arlene Thompson; close friend, Leroy Baca.

A viewing will be held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, followed by a rosary to be recited at 6 p.m. A final viewing will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. A funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11 a.m.

Interment will take place at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St. Belen.

James Leemon Grice

James Leemon Grice of Albuquerque, was born a little country boy on Jan. 27, 1929, in Kilbourne, La. James lived in New Mexico since 1950. After a long five-year struggle with dementia, James passed away peacefully in Albuquerque and joined the Lord and members of his family on Aug. 25.

James was the son of the late Nannie Bell Foster and C.B. Grice of Oakgrove, La.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lola Salas Grice; his oldest sister, Ora Estelle; and baby brother, Billy Don, both of Louisiana.

James is also survived by his daughter, Gloria Jeanne and her husband, Jim Richardson, and their children, Lacie Jeanne; and Jared Buford and wife, Jennie, and Jared's sons, Austin, Kros, and their daughter Shane Bryce.

He is also survived by his son, James Alvin "Jimmy," and wife, Donna Grice, and their children, Joliette Tiffany; Jacqueline Suzette and her daughters, Kennedy and Landry Johnson; Jamie Laree and husband Marcus Wade and their children, D.J. and Colby; James Leemon "Beau" and wife, Kelly Grice, and their daughter, Lillian Ann. He was also a loving uncle to many nieces and nephews.

James was preceded to eternal life by his youngest son, Charles Haskel; his sisters Melba, Elenora and Maxine; and his brothers, Haskel and Rayford; and his oldest grandson, James "Shane" Richardson.

The family writes, "May you forever rest in peace. We love you."

A rosary will be recited for James on at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, and the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m., both are to take place at the Shrine of Saint Bernadette, 11401 Indian School Road NE, in Albuquerque. Burial immediately following the funeral mass at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Thanks to Sunrise Funeral Options, AmberCare staff and everyone associated with Willow Wood Assisted Living, especially all of the caregivers.

Sunrise Funeral Options, 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

Karli Ann Kent

Karli Ann Kent, 13, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 17.

She was born on Oct. 25, 1991, at University of New Mexico Hospital. She was currently enrolled in the eighth grade at Jackson Middle School.

Karli is survived by her mother, Kathleen; her father, Scott; and her sister, Brandi; her grandmother, Sandy Kent; and her grandfather, Ernest L. Magnuson.

Her family writes, "She will be greatly missed by all that knew her. Everyday that was spent with Karli was a blessing."

A memorial service will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28 at Saint Luke Lutheran Church, 9100 Menaul Blvd.

Arrangement are being handled by Riverside Funeral Home of Belen, 418 W. Reinken, 864-4448. Guest register available online at

Anthony March

Anthony "Tony" March, 96, passed away while surrounded by his loving family, Wednesday, Aug. 24.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 65 years, Margaret Ann, who died in March.

Born on June 6, 1909, Tony saw nearly a century of life, most of it in New Mexico. He graduated from Rutgers University and worked as a pharmacist for more than 50 years, 35 of those years for PayLess Drug Stores and Walgreens.

After he retired in his mid-70s, Tony served as a relief worker for pharmacists who needed time off around the state. He was a licensed pharmacist in New Mexico, Colorado and Wyoming.

Tony was a co-founder of Antons Auto Haus on East Central, doing the company's books until he was 85.

Tony was an avid coin collector and he enjoyed classical music and baseball. He like attending Isotopes games at the new stadium with family members.

He was a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Scottish Rite, Ballut Abyad Shrine of Albuquerque for 53 years and a member of the Kiwanis Club, where he had perfect attendance for 46 years.

Tony is survived by two sons, Joe and wife, Jeanette, of Los Lunas; and Gene and wife, Jamie, of Albuquerque; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great- grandchild.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th St. N.W. Albuquerque. 343-8008.

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