Angelina Cordova


Angelina Cordova

Angelina Cordova, age 84, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, in Belen.

She is preceded in death by her father, Martinano Garcia; her mother, Amelia; and her son, David Jr.

Angelina is survived by her loving husband, David; and their children, Erlyn, Mark, Yvette and Dominic; 12 grandchildren; and sisters, Erline, Maggie and Corinne; and brother, Ernest.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. Angelina was buried at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens.

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


Katherine Hayes


Katherine Hayes

On Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1920, a blessing from God entered our world in Hillboro, N.M., and 101 years later, on Nov. 10, 2021, our beloved mother, Katherine Hayes, entered the eternal kingdom of God from Belen.

Katherine is survived by her loving daughter, Elizabeth Hayes, of Tulsa, Okla.; and son and daughter-in-law, JT and Susan Hayes, of Los Lunas; seven grandchildren, Kathy Miscoe and husband, Mat, Chuck Hayes, Stephanie Rodriguez and husband, Reuben, Mat Hayes and wife, Julia, Dusty Cox and wife, Becca, Clay Cox and wife, Desiree, and Phillip Cox and wife, Kelli; and 21 great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in passing by her husband, Clyde Earl; and eldest son, William “Bill” Earl Hayes.

She and Clyde raised their three children in Santa Fe. Our mom loved serving others, entertaining guests in her home and serving in Pilot Club International, the Woman’s Club of Santa Fe, Eastern Star and Beta Sigma Phi.

She was executive assistant at the First National Bank of Santa Fe, and later secretary to retired Gen. Patrick Hurley.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to Bee Hive Homes of Bosque Farms, 1935 Bosque Farms Blvd., Bosque Farms, N.M., 87068, or First Presbyterian Church of Belen, PO Box 218, Belen, N.M., 87002.

A commemorative service will be held from 10-11 a.m., Jan. 6, 2022, at Noblin Funeral Service, 418 W. Reinken Ave., Belen. A reception will follow at a location to be announced at the service.


Christina Joan Tuil Knox


Christina Joan Tuil Knox

Christina Joan Tuil Knox, age 86, of Los Lunas, died at home on Nov. 11, 2021.

Christina was born on the farm on Aug. 29, 1935, to Jacob amd Dora (Kampman) Tuil, of Dumont, Iowa. She was baptized on Nov. 24, 1935, at Dumont Reformed Church, and she confirmed her faith in Jesus Christ on Palm Sunday, April 2, 1950, at St. James Lutheran Church in Allison, Iowa.

When Christina was 2 years old, her family moved from Dumont to Allison, where she attended country school through eighth grade. She graduated from Allison High School in May 1953 and went on to attend Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, where she graduated in May 1955 with a two-year elementary education diploma.

At Wartburg, she met Joseph B. Siplon, and they married at St. James Lutheran Church in Allison on June 5, 1955. The couple moved to Illinois in August 1956 and had one son, Joseph, born on Feb. 25, 1960.

In June 1963, she earned her Bachelor of Science in elementary education from National College of Education in Chicago, Ill. Her husband, Joseph, died on July 13, 1967, in Park Forest, Ill.

After her husband’s death, Christina moved to Wisconsin, where she pursued further education. In 1970, she received her master’s degree in reading from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. She taught for a total of 50 years in country school and elementary school as a classroom teacher and a reading specialist. She taught in Illinois, Wisconsin and New Mexico.

Christina married Terry Knox on Feb. 18, 1989, in West Bend, Wisc. They moved to Grants in the summer of 1989; she taught one year at Sky City Community School on the Acoma Reservation. In 1990, they moved to Los Lunas, where she taught as a reading specialist. She also taught GED and communication skills at UNM-Valencia campus.

For many years, Christina led Celebrate Recovery and the Recovery Academy programs in Los Lunas.

Along with being an outstanding teacher, Christina was a professional storyteller. She performed televised evening storytelling every month at school and also at public events and for the Scouts. In addition, Christina was awarded for outstanding contributions for community theatre, including children’s theatre. Christina directed more than 25 shows for the West Bend Community Dinner Theatre.

Christina was listed in Who’s Who Biographical Record for Child Development Professionals in 1976. She was a member of the Wisconsin State Reading Board from 1985-88. She was a member of the District Reading Committee, the International Reading Association, the Board of Directors of Wisconsin Reading Association, and the National Association for the Perpetuation amd Preservation of Storytelling.

Christina’s love for God was overflowing, and it showed in her actions, her values and her service with the church. Her many roles and contributions, include organizing, developing and leading children’s programs, writing and teaching confirmation programs and serving as youth coordinator and director of Children’s Ministries.

Christina directed Sunday School, after-school programs and summer tutoring. She was president of the Central Methodist Women and taught Friday morning Bible studies. She was also involved in the drama and clown ministry and directed summer Bible school camps, as well as other Christian education groups.

Christina was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Joseph; and sister, Jeanette Tuil Bliss.

She is survived by her husband, Terry; son, Joseph of Waukesha, Wisc.; stepchildren, Kimberly (Paul) Sweet, Peter (Wanda) Knox and Adam (Molly) Knox; grandchildren, Brooke, David and Shelby Sweet, and River, Henry and Penelope Knox, all of Milwaukee, Wisc.; one sister, Grace (Thomas) Poock, of Waverly, Iowa; and nieces and nephews, Marvin (DeAnn) Bliss, Clint (Sara) Poock, Jason (LaDonna) Poock, Angie (Chris) Schmitt and Rev. Matthew (Becca) Poock; along with many relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Waverly, Iowa, and at 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 2,  at Peralta Memorial United Methodist Church in Los Lunas. Memorials can be made to Peralta Memorial Methodist Church Children’s Ministries.

Funeral arrangements were trusted to Noblin Funeral Service, Los Lunas, 2211-D Main St., SE Los Lunas, NM, 87031, 505-866-9992.


Celeste Ann Rutar



Celeste Ann Rutar, age 59, passed away peacefully on Nov. 19, 2021.

She is survived by her mother, three brothers and one sister. Celeste was dearly loved and greatly cherished by her family and by all her caregivers.

Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.


Rosie M. Sisneros

1942 -2021

Rosie M. Sisneros

Our beloved Rosie M. Sisneros entered her eternal peace on Nov. 20, 2021, at home surrounded by her family, in Belen.

She is survived by her husband, Abenicio “Benny” Sisneros; their five children, Martin and Sandra Sisneros, Alex and Debbie Sisneros, Phillip and Antonette Sisneros, Adela and Pablo Romero, and Joaquin and Rachel Sisneros; sisters, Sara, Ernestina, Josie and Teresa; brothers, Raymond and Gene; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Rosie was born in Belen on May 23, 1942, to Antonio and Adela Bustamante. She was raised for a few years in Seligman, Ariz., and grew up in Barstow, Calif.

Rosie and Abenicio married in October 1960 in Barstow. They moved to New Mexico and raised their five children in Abo, N.M. Their family expanded to include 18 grandchildren, 11 grandchildren-in-laws and 32 great-grandchildren.

Rosie enjoyed spending time with her family and making her famous brownies for any occasion. She worked for many years alongside her husband and her sons in the business that she helped establish in the 1980s, Sisneros Bros. Mfg.

Rosie’s smile, laughter and humor will be missed by everyone. She was our wife, mother, suegra, grandma, sister, auntie, comadre and friend. Rosie will be missed greatly.

Services will take place at a later date.

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


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