Adelaida “Ida” Baca-Bernales

Died 2021

Adelaida “Ida” Baca-Bernales

Adelaida “Ida” Baca-Bernales, 92, entered the gates of heaven on Feb. 15, 2021, surrounded by her amazing family.

Ida was born Adelaida Baca to Hermenes Baca and Frances Jaramillo, at their family ranch (Jaramillo Ranch) in Magdalena, N.M. She was the oldest of five children.

Ida married Marcelo Bernales, and they eventually relocated to Niland and Oceanside, Calif., where they raised their family of 10. Ida loved walking the beaches, Spanish music, dancing, laughing, loved her New Mexico chile and food, her Margaret’s cooking and hearing the word of God.

Every chance she had, she returned to New Mexico to be with her extended family, and as the saying goes, “You can take the girl from New Mexico, but you can’t take New Mexico out of the girl.”

Ida is preceded in death by her parents; the father of her children, Marcelo “Mike” Bernales; her son, Junior “Mac” Bernales; grandchildren, Danny Pagdilao, David Bernales and Chantel Bernales; brothers, Antonio “Tony” Baca and Manuel “Nelo” Baca; son-in-law, Florence “Flor” Pagdilao; sisters-in-law, Josephine “Fefa” Baca and Dolores “Lola” Tafoya.

She is survived by her children, Dorothy Pagdilao, Rudy Bernales, Frances (Chuck) Mentzer, Rosemary (Benny) Mata, John Bernales, Irene (Johnny) Sarenana, Tony (Rosa) Bernales, Christina (Harold) Groff and Lisa (Mike) Viveros; 27 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren; her sister, Mary (Arnold) Franco, of Albuquerque; and brother, Herman Jr. (Miquela) Baca, of Los Lunas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 8, at Healing Waters Christian Church, 625 Isleta Blvd. SW, Albuquerque. Burial will follow at Our Lady of Guadalupe Cemetery in Los Lunas.

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

Elfida Esquibel Benavidez


Elfida Esquibel Benavidez

Elfida Esquibel Benavidez, age 93, a resident of Bosque, passed away on April 25, 2021.

She was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. Elfida married Selauro Benavidez shortly after the end of WWII in 1946. She lived with her spouse in Albuquerque for a short time, but their desire was to farm and raise their expanding family in the beautiful Bosque valley.

Elfida returned and settled in her husband’s childhood home, where he was raised by his grandparents. They expanded their business and worked it for more than 50 years until her husband’s death. Elfida continued to live in Valencia County up until her passing at the age of 93.

She was just four days shy of her 94th birthday when she went to meet the Lord. Elfida had a beautiful smile, a great sense of humor and an amazing work ethic. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her. Elfida and all of her generation are indeed “The Greatest Generation” as attested to in the book by Tom Brokaw.

Elfida is preceded in death by her husband, Selauro Benavidez; mother, Adelina Esquibel Silva; daughters-in-law, Gretchen Foster Benavidez and Rody Gabaldon Benavidez. She was the last of her surviving siblings, Roberto Silva, Luis Silva, Avilio Silva, Ramona Lopez, Aciana Silva, Simon Silva and Estela Trujillo. Also preceded in death is her stepgrandson, Matthew Freeman.

She is survived by her four children, Robert Benavidez (Jan), Lena Hands (James), Marlene Benavidez and Carlos Benavidez (Annette); nine grandchildren, Karen Winmer, Kristina Benavidez, James Hands, Judith Pennington, Julian Hands, Celina Benavidez, Melissa Marks, Celeste Grabowski and Tawnya Archuleta; 12 great-grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.

Services will be private. Interment will take place at Santa Fe National Cemetery.

The Benavidez family wishes to thank the following, Vickie Kaiser (caregiver) for your dedication, kindness and empathy; Sierra Springs for not only Mom’s needs, but for their compassion. Special thanks to Jessica (mama), Marissa (baby), Jackie, Sandra and Sam; you were amazing. Thank you also to the staff at Armada Hospice, especially Michele and Anna — you were awesome. And lastly, thanks to all the well-wishers and kindness of those in our community and Romero Funeral Home for outstanding service.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Elfida’s name to the Jessica Sanchez Enlighten Your Life Foundation.

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

William S. Hasse Jr.


William S. Hasse Jr.

William S. Hasse Jr., age 68, passed away April 19, 2021.

He was born in Grand Junction, Colo., to William and Thelma Hasse. With his father in construction, Bill attended 12 schools in Colorado and New Mexico before settling in Albuquerque in 1967.

He graduated from Colorado State University, where he fell in love with his beautiful wife of 47 years, Deborah. After graduation, Bill worked for Lee Landscapes and, in 1977, he began working for Hasse Contracting Company, owned by his father. He became president of the company after his father’s retirement in 1995.

At the time of his death, Bill was nearing retirement, confident in his sons’ abilities to continue the family business. Bill was an active member of the Associated Contractors of New Mexico and served as the organization’s president from 2002-2003.

Bill is survived by his wife, Deborah; his children, Travis (Rebecca), Sara (James) and Christian (Brittany); and grandchildren, Rachel, Ainslie, Sophia, Neva, Samuel, Cora, Oliver and Louis; his father, William Hasse; and sister, Linda Gallea; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Thelma.

Bill was a perfectionist through and through. He set high standards for himself and his family, and he was proud of his family’s accomplishments. His sense of humor, though eye-rolling at times, always made his family and friends laugh. The warmth and sincerity in his smile could make anyone feel at ease.

Bill loved his grandchildren, wife, children, working on his property, being outdoors and the Denver Broncos, though not always in that order.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s name to the Associated Contractors of New Mexico (ACNM) Scholarship Fund, 6135 Edith Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87107.

Devon Trey Heyborne

Died 2021

Devon Trey Heyborne

Devon Trey Heyborne, 22, raised in Los Lunas and had recently moved to Albuquerque, passed away on Friday, April 23, 2021.

Devon was a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, uncle and friend. He was a talented athlete and a hard worker, who could accomplish anything he set his mind to. He had a big heart and truly lived life to its fullest.

His presence could light up any room. His humor and smile will surely be missed.

Services were held on Wednesday, May 5, at Peralta Memorial United Methodist Church.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Noblin Funeral Service, Los Lunas, 2211-D Main St., Los Lunas, 866-9992.

Ismael Marquez


Ismael Marquez

Ismael Marquez was born in Tomé on Dec. 30, 1929, to Crecencio Marquez and Cecelia Campos. He passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Overland Park, Kan.

Ismael left behind a great legacy! He is survived by his wife, Carmen, of Lenexa, Kan.; brother, Raymond Marquez, of Los Lunas; daughter, Cecelia and son-in-law, Albert Corona, of Lenexa, Kan.; daughter, Geneva and son-in-law, Henry Saito, of Anaheim Hills, Calif.; grandchildren, Crystal Johnson, of Overland Park, Kan., Jennifer and grandson-in-law, Dan Moreno, of Olathe, Kan., Matthew and granddaughter-in-law, Erin Corona, of Lenexa, Kan.; and great-grandchildren, Jake and Jessica Gehlbach, of Overland Park, Kan., and Alexandria and William Moreno, of Olathe, Kan.; nieces, Gina Lovato, of Belen, and Joann Soto, of Veguita; nephews, Bobby and Glenn Marquez, of Los Lunas.

He met the love of his life of 70 years, Carmen Chavez, at a dance in Belen in 1948, and they were married on Dec. 27, 1950. Ismael and Carmen were so close that you rarely saw one without seeing the other.

Ismael served with the prestigious Army 82nd Airborne Division for six years. He was a Korean War veteran who was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.

Ismael and Carmen moved to California in 1955. He worked for 35 years as a route driver for a large furniture company in Beverly Hills and United Parcel Service, and he retired in 1990.

Ismael and Carmen raised their two daughters, Cecelia and Geneva, in Los Angeles, Calif. It was always an adventure wherever he took us because of his knowledge of the streets and places in Southern California.

He loved a good party and enjoyed dancing and hanging out with all his buddies. He could charm you with his laugh and always tell you a great story of the day.

After living in Los Angeles for 38 years, they moved back to Belen, where they built their retirement home. They enjoyed 11 years in the Land of Enchantment, but in 2004, they decided to move to Olathe, Kan., to be closer to their family.

A celebration of life memorial will be held on May 14 at Porter Funeral Home in Lenexa, Kan. Also, in June at Calvary Catholic Cemeteries in Los Angeles, Calif., where Ismael well be laid to rest.

Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure … You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure …

Georgia Kay Peerman


Georgia Kay Peerman

Georgia Kay Peerman was born on October 23, 1937, to George Kenneth Crady and Eva Pearl Northup Crady Fuqua in Vaughn, New Mexico. She was raised by her stepdad, who she considered to be her dad, Bob Fuqua.

She passed away on April 28, 2021, at the age of 83. Georgia was known as the Kool-Aid Mom. There was not a kid that was at her house that she did not claim.

She loved country music, dancing, listening to her son’s band, fishing and teaching her grandchildren those skills. She loved the life of being a mother and raising her children.

Georgia was known for her kind heart and for her ability to care for others above and beyond herself. She will be missed greatly and loved forever!

She is survived by her children, Debbie Dicus (Ellis) of Sulphur Springs, Texas, Wendy Montoya of Belen, Kevin Smith (Annette) of Los Lunas and Denise White (Brett) of Albuquerque; sister, Judy Davis (Kenneth) of Belen and brother Tom Fuqua (Rhonda) of Belen; 16 grandkids, 39 great-grandkids and seven great-great-grandkids and many of her Kool Aid Kids.

She is preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Shirley Dicus Gomez and grandson, Terry Langley.

There will be a celebration of life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Saint Jude’s Children Hospital.

Arrangements entrusted to Noblin Funeral Service Los Lunas, 2211-D Main St., 866-9992. An online guest register book is available at

Anna “Ann” L. Teale (Ramsey)


Anna “Ann” L. Teale (Ramsey)

Anna “Ann” L. Teale (Ramsey) died peacefully in the early morning hours of April 26, 2021.

She was born on March 28, 1933, in Savannah, Mo., to John and Molly Ramsey. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Jerry L. Teale.

Ann spent her early years on a farm during the Depression. This experience shaped her into a strong woman.

Ann embraced military life and the communities that were fostered in base housing. She traveled to Europe with two young children to join Jerry, and lived in Germany and explored many European countries.

She moved to Albuquerque in 1961; it was Jerry’s last duty station and they retired here. She loved the life of being a mother and raising her children while working in retail and insurance.

Ann graduated from Savannah High School and attended the Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute, receiving a certificate in bookkeeping in December of 1978. She worked as an employee in a local CPA firm, a poll worker and volunteer tax preparer in her later years.

She enjoyed many hobbies throughout her life, including reading, gardening, sewing, knitting, quilting and needlepoint, leaving many finished works for her children and grandchildren.

Ann was active in many churches throughout her life. Her last home church was the First Presbyterian Church of Belen. She served on the board and in various other capacities in the church for many years. Her faith was a very important part of her life.

Ann is survived by her brother, Roger Ramsey (Ann); her children, Johnny L. Teale (Chris), Cindy K. Harris (Jack) and Ramona K. Gallegos; grandchildren, Rikki Bellinger (Steve), John Bradley Teale (Vi), Jennifer Cox (Jason) and Jackson Harris; great grandchildren, Marvin, Cora and Lucy Bellinger and Ava Cyan Cox; and friends Keith and Sharon Fleenor.

Ann was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, affectionately known to her grandchildren and great grandchildren as Nana, and will be greatly missed by her family.

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