Emma K. Ankeny
Emma K. Ankeny, 86, who was born in Mostar, Yugoslavia, in 1915 and immigrated to the U.S.A. in 1939, died on Saturday, April 13.
She had been a resident of Rio Communities since 1973 and was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. She was a well-known and beloved artist and teacher. Her work hangs in homes and galleries all over the country.
Emma owned and operated Emma’s Art Studio & Gift Shop in Rio Communities for many years. She was an art teacher and taught many fledgling artists throughout the country. Her art was not only restricted to the canvas, as she also designed costumes, acted in the theater, sang and played the guitar. She was a radio performer, singing many Croatian songs with her daughter, Vera, soon after arriving in the U.S.
She owned and operated her own restaurant for many years. Emma’s baking skills were well known as she baked many exotic cookies and pastries from her European repertoire. She loved to share her dishes of cookies, strudels, tortes, always giving them to her family and friends. In spite of being disabled and in a wheelchair for the past 16 years, she continued to do the things she loved and to share with the people she loved.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 53 years, William, in 2000, and her son, Arthur Ankeny.
She is survived by her loving children, Robert Ankeny of Dearborn, Mich., Roy Ankeny of the family home in Rio Communities; Nancy and Paul Barbeau of Placitas, Vera Biernacki of Sterling Heights, Mich., and Linda Joyce of Albuquerque; eight grandchildren, Stan and Steve Biernacki, Chris and Lisa Barbeau, Rachel, Leah, and Kevin Ankeny, and Kim Solnosky; eight great-grandchildren: Jennifer, Steve Jr., Stan Jr., Derek, and Darren Biernacki, Ian and Madeline Solnosky; and Jianmarco Barbeau.
Cremation has taken place with a funeral service to be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, at Romero Funeral with a candlelight graveside service following at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Cemetery. The family will be receiving guests at 5:30 p.m. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.
Edwin Booth, 93, died at his home in Belen on Monday, April 15. He was born in Estancia and attended school in Santa Fe. Edwin served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Alaska and later retired from the Santa Fe Railroad in Belen.
He is survived by his four sisters, Dorabell Lee of Carlsbad, Alma Hooley of Belen, Helen Hart of Idaho, and Lena Reed of Belen; a brother, Charles Booth of Montana; numerous other nieces, nephews, family and friends who loved and will miss him.
A graveside funeral service will be held at the Estancia City Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 18. Pastor Greg Burchfield of First Assembly of God Church in Belen will officiate at the service. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 Fourth St. NW in Albuquerque.
Libby “Shirley” Pino
Libby “Shirley” Pino, 70, a lifelong resident of Belen died peacefully at her home on Monday, April 15. She was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Valentino “Val” Tarin in 2002; her father, Benjamin Bernal in 1982; her mother, Maria Pino in 1965; and her cousin, Maria G. Carrillo in 1999.
Shirley is survived by her first cousin, Juan P. Carrillo and his children, Leonard Carrillo and his wife, Ida; Rita Romero and her husband, Clory; Albita Gabaldon; Rose Norton and her husband, Eric; Richard Carrillo; Helen Luna and her husband, Esmel.
A viewing was held at Romero Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 16, with a rosary following. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church with interment following in Our Lady of Belen Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Valerie Mesquita, James Romero, Joseph Carrillo, Jennifer and Brian Norton, and Andrew Sais. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St. Belen.
Doyle Silliman, 70, a longtime resident of Albuquerque, died on Sunday, April 14.
He is survived by his wife, Carole Silliman of Albuquerque; a son, Steve Silliman and wife, Jennifer; daughter, Pam Delgado and husband, Chris, all of Bosque Farms; and daughter, Vickie Meyer and husband, Mark, of Bennett, Colo.; grandchildren, Doug and Clay Silli-man, Adam and Stacie Delgado and Kyle Meyer; brothers, Paul Silliman of West Lake Village, Calif., and Dwite Silliman of Ankeny, Iowa; a sister, Delorse Haas of Perrsberg, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Walter Silliman and Neola Felton Silliman.
Mr. Silliman owned and operated Baker Commodities Inc., South Coors Towing, South Coors Truck Salvage Inc. and S/Ranch. He was a car owner and member of the New Mexico Motor Racing Association, United States Auto Club, founding member of the New Mexico Wrecker Operators Association, New Mexico Dismantlers and Recyclers, a board member of the New Mexico Buckskin Horse Association, a founding member and president of Colorado Buckskin Horse Association, a member of Mile High Buckskin Horse Associa-tion, president of Miami, N.M., Water Users Association and of the Miami, N.M., Volunteer Fire Department.
He was an avid supporter of high school athletics, Future Farmers of America and 4-H youth in New Mexico and Colorado.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 18, at the Valley Christian Church, 2850 Gun Club Road SW in Albu-querque, with Pastor David Morgan officiating. Interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul NE in Albu-querque. Arrangements by French Mortuary, 1111 Univer-sity Blvd. NE in Albuquerque.
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