Cipriano “Shorty” Anaya

Died 2021

Cipriano “Shorty” Anaya, a resident of Valencia County since 1970, passed away unexpectedly on July 12, 2021.

He was born in Santa Fe to Frank S. and Virginia A. Anaya, and grew up in Galisteo and Stanley, N.M. Shorty, was a well-known diesel mechanic, welder and machinist in Valencia County.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Pauline V. Anaya; children, Louise Aragon (Manuel), Margaret Anaya (Larry), Eddie and Tony Anaya; grandchildren, Joey, Andrew and Gabriel (Mariah) Urtiaga, Julianna Gabaldon (Jacob) and Victoria Markland (Jaron); great-grandchildren Allie, Raylee and Weston.

Services were held at San Clemente Catholic Church on Wednesday, July 21. Interment followed at San Clemente Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements were trusted to Noblin Funeral Service, Los Lunas, 2211-D Main St., SE Los Lunas, 505-866-9992.

 

Michael F. Aragon

1962-2021

Michael F. Aragon, age 58, a resident of Valencia, passed away on July 17, 2021.

He was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and St. Vincent De Paul.

Michael is preceded in death by his parents, Alfonso and Paublita Aragon.

He is survived by his siblings, Juan Aragon, Patricia Garduno, Katheryn (Richard) Perez, Rafael (Dolores) Aragon, Evelyn Aragon, Anthony (Liz) Aragon and Daniel (Juanita) Aragon; aunts, Virginia and Eufemia Aragon and Viola Advent; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A visitation and Rosary took place on Wednesday, July 21, at Sangre De Cristo Catholic Church in Valencia. On Thursday, July 22, there will be a final visitation from 9:30-10 a.m., and a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at Sangre De Cristo Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Peralta.

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

 

Charlotte Jean (Loring) Blevins

1931-2021

Charlotte Jean (Loring) Blevins was born on Aug. 13, 1931, in Armijo (Albuquerque), N.M., to Bruce R. Loring and Mildred (Ridinger) Loring.  She was a resident of Los Lunas, and went home to heaven on July 13, 2021, just one month shy of her 90th birthday.

She was a life-long member of the Baptist Church, a dedicated servant of our Lord Jesus Christ and a beloved child of God. In 1948, Charlotte married Ollie C. Blevins in Grants. Together they served as missionaries to the Navajo Nation, became school teachers, bi-vocational missionaries and parents of four daughters. They later became grandparents and great-grandparents.

In 2001 Ollie was called home to heaven. For the next 10 years, Charlotte lived in Los Lunas, enjoying her extended family, friends and pets. She served the church in various ways.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her husband, Ollie; her parents, her daughter, Elizabeth Nizhoni; grandson, Robert L. Miller; brother, Lynn Loring; and other beloved family members. She will be reunited with them in heaven.

Charlotte was survived by her sister, Marsha Childers; her three daughters, Arminda Blevins-Tibbetts, Paula Richardson and Sarah Finch (and their spouses). She is also survived by grandchildren, great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and out-laws.

The celebration of Charlotte’s life was held at Romero Funeral Home Chapel in Belen on Monday, July 19. The interment followed at Terrace Grove Cemetery. Son-in-law, Tom Flinch, and great nephew-in-law, Daniel Montoya, officiated.

Pallbearers were Arley Walters, Walter Miller, William Miller, James Walters, Brandon Walters and Jake Walters.

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

 

Thomas M. Bolz

1936-2021

Thomas M. Bolz, age 84, passed away on July 15, 2021.

Services will be held on Friday, July 23, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church.

Please visit romerofuneralhomenm.com to see service times and full obituary.

 

Shirley “Willie Mae” Collier

1942-2021

Shirley “Willie Mae” Collier, age 78, a resident of Rio Communities, passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2021.

Arrangements are being handled by the caring professionals at the Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel, 418 W. Reinken Ave., 505-864-4448, where an online guest register and full obituary are available at noblin.com.

 

James “Pete” Cosper Jr.

1924-2021

James “Pete” Cosper Jr., 97, former long time resident of Los Lunas, Albuquerque and Stanley, N.M., passed away quietly at Genesis Belen Meadows on Sunday, July 4, 2021.

He was born May 2, 1924, in Clarendon, Texas, to James Arthur and Bonnie Blue Cosper. He married the love of his life, Norma Jean Trout, in Albuquerque. They were married 66 years.

Pete, well known and respected in the local and national automotive engine rebuilding circles, was the proud owner of Pete’s Auto Machine on South Coors Blvd. for 47 years. He was also a WWII veteran, serving in the U.S. Army Signal Corp in the Pacific Theater. He was company motor pool sergeant under Gen. MacArthur and served as his staff car mechanic. He was honorably discharged with the rank of staff sergeant in February 1946.

He was always teasing with a sense of humor that kept everyone on his or her toes. Family and friends loved him dearly.

His wife, Norma Cosper; his parents, James and Bonnie Cosper; and his sisters, Earlene Baker Johnson and Billie Chesshire Miller, preceed him in death.

His brothers, Leroy Cosper and Tooter Cosper; his children, Cheryl Feder, Bonnie Griffin, Hollie Wells and John Cosper; his grandchildren, Ron Feder, Carrie Serritella, Lorrie Chavez, Jessie Argo, Mace Wells, Tawnya Shannon and Keylee Cosper Gonda, and also 12 great-grandchildren, survive him.

A celebration of life will be held from 5-9 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 4, at the Sheriffs Posse Hall, 10 I-25 Bypass, Belen. His interment will be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 5, at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

In this time of sorrow, we would like to thank the staffs of Compassus Hospice, Genesis Belen Meadows, Noblin Funeral Services and all our loving family and friends.

 

John N. Gardner

1939-2021

John N. Gardner, age 82, a resident of Las Maravillas, has gone to be with his Lord on Friday, July 16, 2021, following a hard-fought battle with dementia and macular degeneration.

He had a prestigious career with the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) as a software engineer, where he retired after 33 years. John loved to travel, do leather and woodwork, scuba dive, fish and camp.

He loved his wife and children very much, and all his friends at the Bosque Farms Community Center, where he and his wife volunteered for many years. John especially loved his cat, Abbie.

John is preceded in death by his dad, Lester Gardner, who died in WWII; his mother, Eva Gibbs; in-laws, Ernest and Laca Chavez; son, Damian Gardner; and daughter, Carmel Garcia.

He is survived by his loving wife, Ida, of 46 years; daughters, Michelle Baca, Patricia Gardner, Mara Segal and Tonia Pena; son, Anthony Salcido; and “adopted” daughter, Sherri Baldonado; brother-in-law, Edward Chavez; niece, Teresa Westergard; nephew, Tom Coates; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Makayla Grijalva was born and raised in Las Cruces. She is a 2020 graduate of The University of New Mexico, where she studied multimedia journalism, political science and history. She covers the village of Los Lunas, Los Lunas Schools, SODA and the town of Peralta.