Karen D. Baird


Karen D. Baird

Karen D. Baird, came into this world on Nov. 7, 1948, to the proud parents of David K. and Ethe D. Welch.

Born and raised in the beautiful state of New Hampshire, she was the oldest of six children. She married the love of her life, Douglas C. Baird on May 21, 1978, and on March 29, 1984, God gave her the greatest gift, a beautiful baby girl, Kathryn.

The years passed quickly and Kathryn married David Saiz in May 2004. They were blessed with their own baby girl, Dallie. Dallie became the constant source of joy and love in Karen’s life.

Materialistic things meant little to Karen. The Lord, family and friends are all she needed for happiness and a full life. We miss you so very much, Karen.

Services for Karen will be announced via noblin.com and held at a later date.

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 is available at noblin.com.


Gordon Eli Beardsley


Gordon Eli Beardsley

Gordon Eli Beardsley, 78, beloved by many, was called home to the creator on Sept. 2, 2021.

He was born on Sept. 23, 1942, in Albuquerque, to Raymond and Edith Beardsley.

He is survived by his wife, Anna Beardsley, from their home in Bosque Farms; brother, Daniel Beardsley, of Pawnee, Okla.; sisters, Margaret (Hubert) Becenti, of Tohatchi, N.M., and Mary Beardsley, of Albuquerque; his children, Kim Lovely-Peake (Greg) and Michael Lovely (Holly); grandchildren, Kendall and Tyler; many nieces and nephews and close friends, James and Monica Gutierrez, and a host of others.

He was preceded in death by his two children, Jonathan Eli Beardsley and Morning Starr Beardsley; his father and mother, brothers, Donald Dean Rouwalk, Norman Charles and Clinton Rush Beardsley; aunt, Margaret; and uncle, Dick Carrillo of Seama.

Gordon was a lifelong resident of New Mexico, residing, raising a family, working and retiring from the Bureau of Indian Affairs as administrative officer.

After his honorable discharge from the U.S. Marine Corp, he married Alberta Howard with two children from that union. Thereafter, he married Anna Marie Nofchissey, his wife of 35 years up until his death.

Gordon was a proud member of both the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma as well as the Laguna Pueblo. Gordon was a three-time recipient of the Purple Heart for combat service. He served two tours in Vietnam in the United States Marine Corps. His armed service record includes, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Purple Heart and Presidential Unit Citation.

Gordon served as a Pawnee scout emulating his great-grandfather, Pawnee Nation Chief Rush Roberts, who served as scout in the Civil War (Union Army).

A wake took place Thursday, Sept. 9, at French Mortuary, 1111 University Blvd., NE, Albuquerque. The funeral service was held on Friday, Sept. 10, at French Mortuary.


Joe C. Blea


Joe C. Blea

Joe C. Blea, age 77, a resident of Belen, passed away on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021.

He worked for General Electric for 30 years. Joe enjoyed fishing, camping and watching all sports.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwardo and Nicolasita Blea; youngest son, Aaron Joe Blea; and granddaughter, Felisha Monique Blea.

Joe is survived by his son, Bryan Blea and wife, Kathy; grandsons, Ryan Blea and wife, Jenny, and Keith Blea; and granddaughter, Jamie and husband, JR. He is also survived by six great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held at Noblin Funeral Service Belen Chapel at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 21.

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 is available at noblin.com.


Patrick H. Garcia


Patrick H. Garcia

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our husband, dad and grandpa, Patrick H. Garcia, age 63, on Sept. 5, 2021. He was a resident of Los Lunas.

Patrick was a strong man with a strong faith. He was a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. Patrick retired on June 1, 2020, from Sandia National Labs as a security police officer after 35 years of dedicated service.

He loved spending time with his family, and when he wasn’t spending time with his grandkids, he would be in his garden or taking long walks with his dog, Coco.

Patrick is preceded in death by his parents, Ermenegildo “Herman” Garcia and Ernestina “Tina” Garcia.

He is survived by his loving wife of 24 years, Margaret Garcia, of Los Lunas; daughter, Tanya Jaramillo (James); son, Robert Trujillo (Sarah); grandkids, Brandon, Dustin, Austin Jaramillo, Roxy and Rocky Trujillo; great-grandkids, Colton and Kimber Jaramillo; godson, Gabriel Trujillo; brothers, Danny Garcia and James Garcia (Robin); sisters, Linda Sanchez (John) and Darlene Cartelli (Phil); and many loving nieces and nephews.

Urn bearers are Brandon and Austin Jaramillo, and Roxy and Rocky Trujillo. Honorary urn bearers are Dustin Jaramillo and Gabriel Trujillo.

Services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Thursday, Sept. 16, with a visitation at 5 p.m., and a Rosary to be recited at 6 p.m.,  continuing on Friday, Sept. 17, with a final visitation at 9:30 a.m., and a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Interment will take place at a later date.

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


Robert Gomez


Robert Gomez

Robert Gomez, 75, passed away on Aug. 27, 2021, in Los Lunas. Robert was born June 6, 1946.

Robert was preceded in death by his son, Robert Jr.; daughter, Rosanna; siblings, Esther Chavez and Christine Montano; and his parents, Anastacio and Margaret Gomez.

He is survived by his siblings, Henry and his wife, Maria, Alex and his wife, Eloisa; sisters, Julia Asselin, Elsie Gomez and Betty and her husband, Orlando Montoya; and brothers-in-law, Tony Chavez and Don Montano.

He was married to his beloved wife, Patsy, of 57 years. He is also survived by his daughter, Rhonda and her husband, Felix Salas; son, Randy and his wife, Rochelle; and his son, Ronnie. He had seven grandkids, Felicia and her husband, Anthony Perea, Andrea and her husband, Joe Jaramillo, Regina and her husband, Aaron Cordova, April and her husband, Fausto Ortiz, Dominic Salas and his fiancé, Julie Sanchez, Randall Gomez and his wife, Phylisha, and Jacob Gomez. He had seven great-grandkids, Jojo, Robert and Anthony Perea, Andres, Alejandro and Angelo Cordova and Giovanni Ortiz.

Robert was born in Magdelena. He lived in California, Washington, Arizona and came back to his beloved New Mexico, where he spent his final days as a business owner and farmer. His greatest pride and joy was his family. He was their protector, confidant and always spoke with incite and wisdom.

His presence in a room was magnetic and admirable. Everybody who knew him loved and respected him. We give thanks to our Heavenly Father for his life and the opportunity to have shared it. He will be greatly missed.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 19, at New Beginnings Church, 4770 Montgomery Blvd., NE, Albuquerque, 87109. A reception will be held following the service.

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


Eugene Hartman

Died 2021

Eugene Hartman

Eugene Hartman, a well-known respected horse trainer and horse show judge, passed away at the age of 94, peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Molly; son, Christopher “Kit” Hartman and wife, Roberta; and two grandsons, Daniel and William Hartman.

A private memorial is being planned; interment to follow at Fort Stanton State Veteran Cemetery.

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



Larry “Corn Fed” Kijowsk


Larry “Corn Fed” Kijowsk

Larry “Corn Fed” Kijowsk, age 73, of Bosque Farms, was welcomed into the kingdom of Heaven on Aug. 27, 2021.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Bernice Hylek-Kijowski; brothers, Bernie and Lee Kijowski; and grandbaby, Malachi Rascon.

Larry is survived by his loving wife of 39 years, Brenda (Deison) Kijowski; children, Alexis (Enrique) Rascon and Garrett (Jessica) Kijowski; sister, Nancy (Jack) Pelc, of Lockport, Ill.; and eight grandchildren, Dominic Rascon, Amelia Zuni, Madison Silva, Juliet Silva, Uriah Rascon, Lanie and Lawrence Kijowski and Averyi Rascon.

Larry enjoyed being outdoors. He loved hunting, fishing and spent many hours in his garden. Larry had a passion for riding his Harley.

He had unconditional love for his grandkids and could spend hours playing with them and making them laugh and giggle. Larry made an impact on all those he knew, with his sense of humor, his true compassion and his loyalty to his brothers, friends and family. He will be greatly missed by all.

A special thank you to all the VA doctors and nurses, the amazing people from Ambercare and his personal nurse, Miriah.

In lieu of flowers, Larry would want you to express your love to those you value.

A motorcycle procession will leave Larry’s house at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 18, to his celebration of life that will take place at 10 a.m. at Grace Fellowship Church in Los Lunas. Private interment will be held at Santa Fe National Cemetery.

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


Sabrina Miranda Lovato


Sabrina Miranda Lovato

Sabrina Miranda Lovato, age 24, a resident of Belen, born May, 29, 1997, passed away on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021.

She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Andrew and Loriann Marquez; father, Jesse Lovato; siblings, Savannah Baca and Alissa Lovato; grandmother, Floripa Garcia; and grandfather, Placido Gonzalez.

A celebration of life will be held at Belen Moose Lodge 314 from 1-4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 19.

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 is available at noblin.com.


Sandra Moya


Sandra Moya

Sandra Moya, age 58, a resident of Los Chavez, was called home to Heaven on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021.

She was a loving, caring person, who loved to spend time with her family, going to church, and praising her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Sandra is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Rael; sister, Arlene Benavidez; brother, Manuel Moya; and parents, Juan Moya and Celia Chavez.

She is survived by her daughters, Jessica Beach (Eric), Renee Baca (Jason), and Billyjean Aragon (Joseph); and her sons, Robert Rael (Lynette), Gilbert and Victor Moya; as well as with 21 grandchildren. Sandra will be missed by many.

A celebration of life for Sandra was held Tuesday, Sept. 14.

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


Mark Pacheco Sr.

Died 2021

Mark Pacheco Sr. was called home by our Lord and Savior on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, peacefully in his home.

Mark is preceded in death by his mom, Shirley Lovato; his father, Freddy Pacheco; and sister, Pamela Pacheco.

He is survived by his wife, Yvette Pacheco; dad, Ruben Lovato (Pops); brother, John Chavez and wife, Nadine; daughter, Alexis M. Tito and husband, Matthew Tito; son, Mark Pacheco Jr. and fiancé, Victoria Betts; stepdaughters, Michelle Hadder and husband, Richard Hadder, Amanda Garcia and husband, Abel Garcia, Kristine Lucero and fiancé, Martin Macias, and Gabriella Sanchez and husband, Joseph Sanchez; 20 beautiful grandkids, nieces, nephews and five dogs, Blue Eyes, Cinnamon, Angel, Sissy and Chico.

Mark was a loving and caring man who put God first, loved helping those around him and made everyone around him laugh. Mark loved praying and spreading the word of God with his loving wife, fishing with his grandkids, playing softball on Saturday nights with The Unit, and helping anyone in need. Dominick (Nico), his No. 1, made him fall in love with being a Tata and his grandkids were his pride and joy!

For 20 years, Mark was an active member of San Clemente Parish in Los Lunas, and for the last two years a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Peralta. Mark was an active member and served as a facilitator in the ACTS Core within the Catholic Church.

It was Mark’s wish that any contributions to his family be made in honor of him to the Liver Foundation, planting a tree or sending flowers to the family/funeral home.

We, the family, would like to thank everyone for all the prayers and support on our journey sending our beloved Mark home to his eternal Father.

Visitation will be held at Strong Throne Funeral Home in Albuquerque with the Rosary to follow on Thursday, Sept. 23, starting at 6 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 24, with the burial to follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery.

To view information or leave a condolence please visit danielsfuneral.com. Garcia Mortuary, 717 Stover Ave. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, 505-243-5222.


Brittany Ashton Trapp


Brittany Ashton Trapp

Brittany Ashton Trapp, age 26, left this earth for her Heavenly Home on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Brittany was born on May 16, 1995, in Albuquerque, to Johnny Gardner and Stacey (Gore) Smith. Brittany was employed as an admissions coordinator for Martinsburg College, and was also a Disney travel agent. She enjoyed event coordination and party planning. Her greatest joy was being a mom, spending time with her family and being a homemaker.

Brittany is survived by her husband, Cameron Richard Trapp; daughter, Rayleigh Trapp; and son, Tabor Trapp, of Willow Park, Texas; mother and stepfather, Stacey and Ricky Smith; and brother, Tate Smith, of Fort Worth, Texas; father and stepmother, Johnny and Kim Gardner; sister, Shay Gardner; and brother, Cody Gardner, of Los Lunas; grandmother, Barbara Johnson, of Willow Park, Texas; grandfather and step-grandmother, Tommy Gore and Georgi Fushimi, of Aledo, Texas.

Services were held Friday, Sept. 10, in Aledo, Texas.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged for the Lord your God, is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9


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