Philip Leon Archuleta


Philip Leon Archuleta

Philip “Phil” L. Archuleta, a resident of Los Lunas, was called home by our Lord, on July 20, 2021, surrounded by his family.

He was born on April 11, 1929, in Boise City, Okla. Philip was a decorated U.S. Army, Korean War veteran and proud life member of VFW Post 401.

He was a retired machine repair technician. Philip was a devout Catholic and member of San Clemente Catholic Church in Los Lunas.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Felipita and Marcos Archuleta; brothers, Patrick, Marcos and Louis; and sisters, Gertrude Archuleta and Josephine Mercado.

He is survived by his loving wife of 44 years, Roberta (Chavez) Archuleta; daughter, Patty and husband, John Shaw (Elizabeth, Colo.); sons, Louie and wife, Josephine Archuleta (Los Lunas) and Michael and wife, Leeanne Archuleta (Los Lunas); grandchildren, Taylor and Brendan Archuleta; step-grandchildren, Jacob and Garrett Shaw; great-grandchildren, Marella and Marcos Archuleta; sisters, Praxie Bunce (Chippewa Falls, Wisc.), Gloria Marez and husband, Raul (Hutto, Texas), Rosella Mills (San Bernadino, Calif.) and Christina Castro and husband, Andy (Pueblo, Colo.); sister-in-law, Donna Archuleta (Albuquerque); and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services were held on Monday, July 26, at San Clemente Catholic Church. Inurnment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 3 p.m., Friday, Aug. 13.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be sent to San Clemente Catholic Church building fund.

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


Martha McGovern Romero Dean


Martha McGovern Romero Dean

Martha McGovern Romero Dean went peacefully on July 20, 2021.

She was preceded in death by her parents, J. Edward and Jeanne McGovern; her sister, Sarah Luke; daughter, Laura Lee; and husband, Jack Dean.

Born Dec. 21, 1940, and raised in Pueblo, Colo., she toured the country raising three kids as a dutiful military wife for 30 years with her first husband. When the children were older, she entered the retail workforce and eventually settled in Albuquerque.

It was through work where she met her second husband, Jack. When her retail career ended, she and Jack retired to their ranchette, where they traveled, relaxed, worked in the garden and helped raise two of their grandchildren, Michael and Matthew Romero. She had a passion for those boys that was truly special and she was very proud of the young men they have become.

She and Jack were together through thick and thin for more than 25 years until his passing in 2016.

Her body may be gone, but her story is far from over. Her smile, compassion, generosity, hope, joy and playfulness live on in her surviving sister, Jane Ann Bernard; sister-in-law, Bonnie Evans; three children, Mike (Sondra), Jennifer and Rob Romero; four stepchildren, David, Adam, Jake (Colleen) Dean and Donna (Frank) Love; 12 grandkids, three great-grandkids, special family friends, Jean Plummer and Judy Wells, and many others who will miss her dearly but are forever grateful she was a part of their lives.


Donald K. Honeyfield


Donald K. Honeyfield

Donald K. Honeyfield, 94, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

He was born July 28, 1926, to Harry and Hilda (nee Kurtz) Honeyfield in Raton, N.M. Donald met his wife, Corene Eagan, at a church picnic in Santa Fe. They were married on May 23, 1947, in a marriage lasting 74 years. In 1956 they moved to the farm in Peralta.

Donald is survived by his five children, Dale (Carolyn), Dan (Linda) and Vernon (Wendy) Honeyfield, all of Peralta, Carol (John) Grassham, of Albuquerque, and Dean (Glenna) Honeyfield, of Blairstown, Mo.; 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

Donald was preceded in death by his wife on Jan. 10, 2021. He was also preceded by his brother, Harry Honeyfield; and sister, Lois Cran.

After a productive career as a dairy farmer, Donald worked as a rural mail carrier until he retired. In addition, he was a successful businessman dealing in land contracts.

Trout fishing on the upper Pecos River was his earthly heaven. Donald and Corene were founding members of Peralta Memorial Methodist Church, where he maintained an active leadership role.

He was a cornerstone of his family, the church and community. He served in the Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater. Donald loved to listen to country and gospel music, square dance, and he competed in bowling league tournaments.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 27, at the Peralta Memorial Methodist Church. Interment was in the family plot at Sunset Memorial Park, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE, Albuquerque.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Peralta Methodist Church Food Pantry, the church or a charity of your choice.

Please visit our online guestbook for Donald at

FRENCH – University, 1111 University Blvd. NE, 505-843-6333.


Mildred A. Killough


Mildred A. Killough

Mildred A. Killough (aka The Avon Lady), age 94, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 17, 2021, in Los Lunas.

Mildred was born on Feb. 27, 1927, in Stokes, Ark., to Willis and Stella Milam. She married Joe Killough on June 13, 1944, and their three children were born in Arkansas.

The family moved to Bosque Farms in August 1961, where they built a home, and were active members of the Bosque Farms Church of Christ for many years. Mildred sold Avon for more than 40 years all over Valencia County.

Mildred is survived by her daughter, Nita Jo Bundrant (Pat); son, Gordon Killough (Carolyn); granddaughter, Brenna Aschbacher (Kenny); grandson, Bryan Bundrant (Heather); grandson, Jeff Killough (Crystal); grandson, Brad Killough; eight great-grandchildren, three sisters and countless other family members and friends.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Sandra Killough (1962); husband, Joe Killough (2001); and grandson, Kyle Killough (2016).


Ronald R. Marquez


Ronald R. Marquez

It is with great sadness that the family of Ronald R. Marquez, age 62, announce his passing on July 22, 2021, due to complications of COVID-19.

Ronald was born on June 17, 1959, in Albuquerque, to Lalo and Rose Marquez. He grew up in Bibo, N.M. Ronald graduated from Laguna Acoma High School and received a master’s degree in education from the University of New Mexico, and was the ultimate Lobo alumni.

He served as a leader in education as a teacher, coach, athletic director, principal, human resource director and retired in 2015 as the superintendent of the Belen Consolidated Schools. Throughout his time in education, Ronald was devoted to the development of students, student-athletes and every individual he worked with. He influenced the lives of many with his guidance and support, which has been carried on throughout their lives.

During his retirement, Ronald enjoyed spending time with the four most important women in his life, Karen, Juanita Diane, Christina Rose and Melanie Roni. He enjoyed tending to his garden, working on his 1979 Corvette, Lobo tailgates, attending every softball game for his daughter, Roni, who followed in his coaching footsteps, and spending time with his entire family, who were his pride and joy.

Ronald met Karen, the love of his life, in 1973 and they were together for 48 years. In those years, they were blessed with three daughters, Juanita Diane, Christina Rose and Melanie Roni.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lalo and Rose Martinez; in-laws, Eloy and Ramona Baca; brother-in-law, Larry Jaramillo; sister, Patricia Chavez and husband, Jimmy.

Ronald is survived by his loving wife, Karen; three daughters, Juanita Diane, Christina Rose and Melanie Roni; sister, Carol Jaramillo; brother, Kilino Marquez (Nikki); sister-in-law, Deborah Baca; brother-in-law, Jerry Baca (Phyllis); sister-in-law, Lisa Baca Hoffman (Chris); sister-in-law, Dolores Garcia; and his loving nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and numerous other relatives and family friends.

A viewing will be held at 5 p.m., Thursday, July 29, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, with a Rosary following at 6 p.m. A final viewing will take place at 9 a.m., Friday, July 30, with a Funeral Mass following at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery at 1 p.m.

In honor of Ronald, and out of respect for his family, they are asking that everyone wear a mask to all services or celebrations planned.

Pallbearers will be his life-long friend Rick Horacek, his nephews, Manuel Chavez, Charles Marquez, James Chavez, Michael Baca and Kevin Garcia.

The family would like to extend special thanks to everyone for the tremendous support and prayers during this time.

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


Lydia C. Olguin


Lydia C. Olguin

Lydia C. Olguin, age 75, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

She was a resident of Belen, and a member or Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. Lydia had a huge heart. She enjoyed spending time with her family, her nieces and nephews, but most of all, her great-nieces and nephews. Lydia was very devoted to her faith and our Lord Jesus Christ.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jose and Josefita Chavez; stepmother, Anne Moya; sister, Mellie Zamora; brothers, Eddie Chavez, Adelaido Chavez, Freddie Chavez, Leo Chavez, and Lorenzo Chavez; and stepsiblings, Candelario Moya and Amelia Silva.

Lydia is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Porfirio Olguin; brother, Leroy (Erlinda) Chavez; stepsiblings, Alice Chavez, Alvie Lucero, Louie Moya and Cecilia Gutierrez; sisters-in-law, Frances (Antonio) Lozoya, Odie (Daniel) Otero, JoAnn (Michael) Martinez and Susie Gonzales; but most of all her great-nieces and nephews.

A Rosary was recited on Wednesday, July 28, at Romero Funeral Home Chapel.

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


Barbara S. Peterson


Barbara S. Peterson

Barbara S. Peterson, age 71, a resident of Rio Communities, passed away peacefully on Nov. 4, 2020. She was a member of United Methodist Church.

Barbara is preceded in death by her parents, Linwood Lavern and Mary Legan Nash; and brothers, Doug and Dave Nash.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Klaus W. Peterson; sons, Peter (April) and Josh Peterson; granddaughters, Alyssa, Bravely, Kylie and Payton; sisters, Bette and Sandy Nash; and brother, Bob (Joann) Nash.

Services will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 6, at the First United Methodist Church, 75 Manzano Expressway, Rio Communities.

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


Linda Lee Schramm


Linda Lee Schramm

Linda Lee Schramm passed away in May 2021 at her home in La Joya. She had been ill for a number of months.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fredrick and Lydia (Kost) Schramm; her uncle, Erwin Kost; her uncle and aunt, Emma and Hildebert Watz; and cousin, Jimmy Walz, all of South Dakota.

She is survived by four cousins, Charles, Alton, Glenn Walz and Shirley Adam, of South Dakota.

Linda was born in Yankton, S.D., on April 20, 1951. Her family, her mother’s grandparents, were immigrants from Germany, who were happy to be living in America. Her uncle fought in World War II, and her father fought in World War I. After the war, he worked for the railroad until retirement. The family moved to Menno, S.D., in 1957.

After graduating from Menno High School in 1968, Linda attended a technical college, receiving her certification for baking in 1970. She worked for bakeries for a number of years.

Wanting to travel, she sailed to Hawaii, where she was a professional seamstress at a factory, which produced muumuus. After returning to the mainland, she was associated with Levi Strauss Company, and worked at the Solo Cup factory in Belen.

Linda was well known for her love for dogs. She usually had about 20 dogs and loved each one of them. She called them her “family.” She kept written records of every pet, of their names and personalities.

A few months before her death, she gave her doggies to a company who does not destroy them, but finds “forever homes” for all of them.

Linda was a light-hearted Christian. She was baptized into Christ a number of years ago, and lived with a grateful attitude and an infectious laugh. She had a deep love for the Lord and for all her friends.

Linda was a member of Valley Church of Christ. There will be a memorial service for Linda at 1 pm., Sunday, Aug. 1, at Valley Church of Christ, 407 N.M. 314, Los Lunas. Everyone is welcome to attend.


Rachel M. Sowash


Rachel M. Sowash

Rachel M. Sowash, age 77, a resident of Belen, passed away July 23, 2021.

She was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. Rachel grew up in Belen and graduated from Belen High School. She worked and served at many restaurants in Belen and also at Baca’s restaurant in Albuquerque, where she met her husband, Sam Saiz.

When she wasn’t working, she enjoyed spending time with family, sharing her cooking skills with her kids and grandkids and passing on her family recipes.

Rachel is preceded in death by her parents, Clovis and Magdalena Flores; brothers, Desi, Albino, Lupe and Pete Flores; son, Robert Sowash and daughter, Rossie Sepulveda; and granddaughter, Adrianna Maez.

She is survived by her husband, Samuel Saiz, of 50 years; daughter, Denise Carrillo (Ruben); son, Sam Saiz; sisters, Peggy, Lucy, Molly and Christine; and brother, Paul; grandchildren, Merissa, Robert and wife, Erica, Gabrielle, Rachel, Troy and partner, Ashley, Tori, Milo, Sami, Serena, Tino, Anthony, Larissa, Alenna and Alaya; great-grandchildren, Devine, Nehemiah, Vashti, Jayden, Braiden, Miguel, Isaiah, Bentley, Novah and Kai; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Robert Maez, Leonel Ramirez, Troy and Milo Carrillo, and Tino and Anthony Rodriguez.

Services will be held on Thursday, July 29, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, beginning with a visitation at 8:30 a.m., Rosary to be recited at 9:30 a.m., Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. and Interment to follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.

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

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