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PONCE, THERESA D. Age 58, passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2013. She was born on October 19, 1954 to Pete and Petra (Avila) Valtierra in Los Angeles, CA. She loved and was "Super-Kind" to animals which led to her job as a supervisor at an animal shelter. Her family meant everything to her and in her spare time she enjoyed cross-stitching, sewing, crocheting and collecting teapots. She was very hospitable and enjoyed cooking for everyone. Everyone was family to her! Mrs. Ponce was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Madeline Valtierra. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Arturo V. Ponce, Sr. of Rio Rancho, NM; children, Arturo Ponce, Jr. of Los Angeles, CA, Steven Ponce and wife, Deborah, of Rio Rancho, NM, Denise Ponce-Alvarez and husband, Michael, of Montebello, CA, Yvette Ponce and husband, Robert Jimenez, of Rio Rancho, NM, Pete Ponce of Bernalillo, NM, and Robert Ruiz, Jr., of Rio Rancho, NM; 18 grandchildren; one brother and two sisters; and many other relatives and friends who mourn her passing. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Gospel Light Baptist Church, 1500 Southern Blvd SE, Rio Rancho. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Road SE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 505-892-9920
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RIOS, LIANDRA H. was born in Cameron, TX on March 13, 1921 to Pedro and Estanislada Rios. After a brief and unexpected illness, she passed away on February 3, 2013. Interment was held on February 8, 2013 in Ft Worth, TX. Liandra was preceded in death by her parents, Pedro and Estanislada Rios; brothers, Hilario, Vincente and Jeronimo Rios; and nephew, Richard A. Rios, who cared and looked after her until his untimely death. She is survived by her sisters, Angela Rios, Petra Rios, Cecilia Gutierrez; and nephew/caregiver, Victor Rios of Albuquerque, NM; in addition to many nieces and nephews throughout California, New Mexico and Texas. The final two years of Liandra's life was spent with family in Albuquerque, however the majority of her life was in Ft. Worth where she worked and retired after more than 50 years as a seamstress. On Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 6:30 pm, the family will be honoring Liandra with a non-traditional service at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 12500 Carmel Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122.
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ROBERTS, MARY JANE "JANE" Died on Sunday, April 14, 2013. Jane was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on November 2, 1918, to Frieda Mineck Davis and Elmer Davis. Jane was preceded in death by her husband, Ken, her brother, George W. Davis, her sister-in-law, Ruth Ann Jones, and brother-in-law, Mack Jones of Columbia, Missouri. She is survived by three nieces, Margaret Shull of (Warrensburg), Missouri, Elizabeth Anderson of (Silver Spring), Maryland and Bronwen Ashburn of (Johnson City), Tennessee; her five great-nephews, Henry Shull, Eric and David Anderson, and James and John Ashburn; and cousin, Don Stamy, of Iowa. Jane was raised on a farm near Cedar Rapids and attended elementary, high school and college in Cedar Rapids. She graduated from Coe College in 1941. Jane was an elementary school teacher for 35 years, 29 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jane lived her life for children. She and Kenneth Pike Roberts were married for 64 years, and she has missed him deeply since his death in November of 2007. She and Ken founded The Endowment Foundation of All Faiths Home over twenty-five years ago. Jane was a Patron of Delta Gamma Sorority and in charge of building the Delta Gamma house on the UNM campus in 1965. Jane and Ken have been scholarship donors for students attending Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for many years. She received the Award of Merit from Coe College in 1986 and the Jefferson Award in 1987. For many years she was an active member of The First Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque. Jane was a very caring and thoughtful person and will be missed by her family and many friends. Jane's favorite charity was The Endowment Foundation of All Faiths Home, c/o All Faiths Receiving Home, 1709 Moon St. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112. Memorial service will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2013, 10:00 a.m. at The First Presbyterian Church, 215 Locus St. NE. Please visit our online guestbook for Jane at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH - University 1111 University Blvd NE 505-843-6333
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RUIZ, NICOLASA LOPEZ Age 92, passed away Friday April 12, 2013 at home with her family at her side. Mrs. Ruiz was preceded by husband, Salvador Ruiz and two sons, Anthony and Joseph; parents, Joe and Perfedia Lopez. She leaves behind her beloved children, Roberto Ruiz, Thomas Ruiz, Elaine Ruiz, Augustine Ruiz and wife, Julie, Gary Ruiz all of Albuquerque; sister Marie of Denver Colorado; ten grandchildren and eight great- grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews. Nicolasa was born September 10, 1920 to Joe and Perfedia Lopez in Pueblo Colorado. She later met and married Salvador Ruiz. They relocated to New Mexico and settled in Albuquerque in 1958. She worked in domestics and apparel at McClellans and Bella Hess department store. After retiring she devoted her time to "Our Lady of the Assumption Church" where she had been a communicate member since 1958. She suffered from Rheumatoid Arthritis, but insisted on being independent and taking care of herself until Saturday, April 6, 2013 when she had a massive stroke. On April 12, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. the Angels carried her home to Jesus. She was loved very much and will be greatly missed. "For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." A Rosary will be recited on Thursday, April 18, 2013 7:00 p.m. at FRENCH - Lomas. Visitation will be one hour prior. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, April 19, 2013 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, Lomas and Tennessee. Interment will follow at Vista Verde Memorial Park, 4310 Sara Rd SE, Rio Rancho, NM 87174. Please visit our online guestbook for Nicolasa at FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd. NE (505) 275-3500
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SANCHEZ, DEREK FRANK Derek, age 47, originally from Albuquerque, NM, passed away on April 11, 2013. Sanchez was involved in a high speed racing accident on April 6, 2013 at the NHRA Summitracing.com Nationals at the Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Derek is survived by his racing partner, Jeffrey Nolte; his mother Rosie Maroone and husband Jim Maroone; sister Audra Sanchez; father Frank Sanchez and wife Terry and stepsister Sarah Orozco; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends; as well as his extended Drag Racing family. Derek graduated from Highland High School, Albuquerque, NM in 1984. He then graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He was currently attending the University of Arizona studying for his Master's in Library and Information Sciences. Sanchez currently resided in Yuma, Arizona and was working at the Yuma County Library District, while working on his Master's Degree. Derek had two passions in life, drag racing and books. He and Nolte raced on the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series for the past ten years. They recently campaigned a 1933 Ford Roadster with Derek's stepfather, Jim Maroone. He was commonly referred to as the "150 MPH Librarian". Derek's other passion was books. He loved to read and loved to share his knowledge with his family and friends. Derek was a wonderful and caring human being and will be so missed not only by his family and friends but by his extended drag racing family. Services will be Friday, April 19, at 9:30 a.m. at Risen Savior Catholic Church, 7701 Wyoming Blvd NE in Albuquerque. The Rosary will begin at 9:30a.m. followed by a memorial mass at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow shortly at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Please visit our online guestbook for Derek at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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SEDILLO, PRISCILLA RENEE age 55, Our Angel, went to be with Our Lord on April 15, 2013. Priscilla Renee is survived by her mother, Alice Sedillo; sisters and brothers, Frances Maldonado and husband, Mike, Evelyn Lovato and husband, Pat, Richard L. Sedillo and wife, Frances (Franki), Johnny Ray Sedillo and wife, Lori, and Pat Martinez and husband, Ed; godparents, Charlie and Dorothy Martinez; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; best friends, Vicki Stewart, Anita Baca, and Jessica. Priscilla Renee was preceded in death by her father, John Sedillo Jr.; grandparents, Cleofes Martinez, Stella M. Martinez, Juan Sedillo and Beatrice Sedillo. Visitation will be Friday, April 19, 2013 at Santuario de San Martin Catholic Church, 8321 Camino San Martin SW, from 10:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. with a Rosary to be recited at 10:30 a.m. by Gabriella Nieto; Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Monsignor Richard Olona, presider. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Victoria Saiz, Teresita Hernandez, Kristina Potter, Ophelia Long, Kathy Burdette, and Oliva Henry. Honorary pallbearers will be Amber Tom, Lena Mitchell, Brittany Solis, Tishea John Louis, and Jennifer Quniones. The family would like to thank all of the staff and The New Beginning, Flor del Rio Group Home, the staff at Pathways and Adelante, to all the Therapists and Doctor's that cared for her, to her case manager, Angela Abeyta, and to all other caregivers that touched her life. Please visit www.gabaldonmortuaryinc.com to sign the online guestbook. Arrangements by: Gabaldon Mortuary Inc. 1000 Old Coors Dr.SW (505) 243-7861
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SIERRA, LORETTA a beloved mother, grandmother and sister, age 79, passed away on April 14, 2013. She was preceded by her parents Elauterio and Elisa Padilla, brothers Luther and Fernandez Padilla. She is survived by daughter Gloria and Ernest; Joyce and Phillip; Michelle and Michael; son John and Vicky; sisters Rebecca Lopez, Mable Martinez and husband Albino; Pasty Gabaldon and husband Gilbert; sister-in-law Helen Padilla; grand children Valerie and Karla; Robert; Joey and Deanna; John Jr.; Ashley and Jason; Amanda; Joshua and Gavin; great-grandchildren Samyra, Diego, Estrella, Santiago, Carlos and Lillyana. Loved by all including nieces, nephews and numerous friends. She will be dearly missed! Services are scheduled for Friday, April 19, 2013 at 11:00am at Holy Rosary Church, 5415 Fortuna Rd. NW, ABQ, NM 87105.
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SILECCHIO, THERESA Age 90, a longtime resident of Rio Rancho, NM, passed away with her family by her side on Sunday, April 14, 2013. She was born on February 28, 1923 to Salvatore and Frances (Piccolo) Umana in Chicago, IL and moved to Brooklyn, NY at the age of two. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother, aunt and friend who loved shopping, dining at restaurants, and spending time with her family and friends. She lovingly volunteered at St. Joseph's Westside Hospital along with her best friend, Maria DeLeo, from 2001-2003. Her sense of humor is legendary and will be greatly missed. She, also loved living at The Fairwinds and enjoyed the friends she made, as well as the gracious staff and the amenities that The Fairwinds has to offer. Mrs. Silecchio was preceded in death by her husband, Peter M. Silecchio, in 2001. She is survived by her three children, Donald A. Silecchio (Regina) of Simi Valley, CA, Marietta Ridsdale (Joe) of Rio Rancho, NM, and Fran Capone (Joe), of Rio Rancho, NM; ten grandchildren, Peter Silecchio (Dana), Anthony Silecchio (Valerie), Donald A. Silecchio, Jr. (Danielle), Joseph Ridsdale (Star), Peter Ridsdale (Renee), Jennifer Messina (Chris), Carmine Capone (Annette), Fran Burke (John), Joseph Capone, III. (Tami), and Terri Compton (Craig); 31 great- grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; loving brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Grace Lutrario and family of Staten Island, NY; and numerous family and friends who mourn her passing. Viewing and Visitation will be held from 2:00 pm until 9:00 pm on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 with the Rosary to be recited at 7:00 pm at Daniels Family Funeral Services - Sara Chapel, 4310 Sara Road SE, Rio Rancho. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am on Thursday, April 17, 2013 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 1502 Sara Road SE, Rio Rancho. Entombment will follow at Vista Verde Memorial Park. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 4310 Sara Road SE Rio Rancho, NM 87124 505-892-9920
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SIMMS, ROSE MARIE Age 94, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, born April 16, 1918 to Peter V. and Gertrude M. Archibeck, died April 14, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett E. Simms; son, Greg E. Simms; parents, Peter and Gertrude Archibeck; siblings, Lena Mickiewicz, Sadie Graham, Conrad Archibeck, Pete Archibeck and Herman Archibeck. Rose is survived by her daughters, Sandra (Ron) Carman, Barbara (Steve) Carlson, Diana (David) Malcolm; sons, Kenneth (Charlene) Simms, Doug Simms; brother, Ron Archibeck; 14 grandchildren; 11 great- grandchildren. A graduate of Albuquerque High in 1937. Rose worked in the Bernalillo County Treasurer's Office and later retired from Dillard's. Besides being a great mom to her large family. Rose delighted others with her quick wit and the grace she had for everyone. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday April 20, 2013, 1:00 PM at New Life City Church 4830 Pan American Fwy. NE Albuquerque. In lieu of flowers donations may be given in Rose 's honor to Joy Junction P.O. Box 26568, Albuquerque, NM 87125, 505-877-6967, www.joyjunction.org/. To view information or leave a condolence please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services 7601 Wyoming Blvd NE Albuquerque, NM 87109 505-821-0010
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VELEZ, THELMA LEAH Age 80, a lifelong resident of Albuquerque, passed away at her home on April 12, 2013, surrounded by her family. She is survived by her son, Mark Garrett and wife Kim of Albuquerque; grandchildren, Matthew, Tyler, and Kaitlyn Garrett of Albuquerque; her brothers, Johnny Johnson and wife Nancy of Phoenix, AZ, Phillip Johnson of Albuquerque, Gary Johnson and wife Gloria of Albuquerque; many nieces and nephews living throughout the country. Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Velez; and her beloved dog, Charlie. Thelma was a true native of Albuquerque. She was born on February 27, 1933 to her Navajo father John Bahe Johnson, and Acoma mother Josephine Hunt. She kept close ties to family in Acoma Pueblo, Santa Ana Pueblo, and Indian Wells, AZ. As a child she participated in many traditional ceremonies and parades. She was a graduate of Albuquerque High School, class of 1950. She was a dedicated civil servant with 36 years of service to the US Army, DOD DASA, US Air Force, with a majority of her career working as a senior investigator for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Memorial Services will be held Friday, April 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at FRENCH - Wyoming. For family or friends who wish, memorial contributions may be made to either The New Mexico Coalition for Literacy www.newmexicoliteracy.org or Animal Humane of New Mexico www.animalhumanenm.org. Please visit our online guestbook for Thelma at www.FrenchFunerals.com FRENCH - Wyoming 7121 Wyoming Blvd. NE (505) 823-9400
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