The obituaries for Lorraine Velasquez, Virginia Suarez and Miguel (Mike) Valdez have been provided by the respective funeral homes or family members. Please read on for full details.


Lorraine Velasquez of Canjilon

Lorraine Velasquez, 62, a resident of Canjilon, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 01, 2017. She was preceded in death by her son, Ambrose Velasquez; mother, Cordelia Segura; grandparents, Jose and Maria Segura; brother, Joey Segura, sister, Dora Segura; mother and father-in-law, Lucrecia and Gomisindo Velasquez; son-in-law, Brian Montano.

Lorraine had a very strong testimony of our Lord Jesus Christ. She prayed daily and had grown to love the power of the Chaplet of the Devine Mercy and the Holy Rosary. She loved her husband with all of her heart, and raised her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren to always be grateful for what the Lord had given them, and to display this appreciation through prayer.

Lorraine is survived by her husband, Phil Velasquez; children, Noella Montano, Jessica Vigil and husband Anthony, Edwinia Rivas and husband Nathan, Phil Velasquez Jr. and wife Sarah, Lorenzo Velasquez, Teresa Torrez and husband Jose, and Damian Velasquez and wife Jennifer; brother, Robert Segura (Celina); uncle and aunt whom raised her like a daughter, Ralph and Helen Larranaga; 29 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild, and numerous nieces, nephews, Godchildren, cousins and friends.

Public visitation was on Saturday, November 04, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sangre de Cristo Chapel of DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory, with a rosary recited at 7:00 p.m. A second rosary was recited on Sunday, November 05, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the San Juan Nepomuceno Catholic Church in Canjilon.

Mass of Christian was celebrated on Monday, November 06, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. also at the San Juan Nepomuceno Catholic Church, with a burial to follow at the Canjilon Cemetery.

Serving the family as pallbearers, David Segura, Joseph Segura, Nathan Segura, Ralph Larranaga III, Steven Larranaga and Ricardo Cordova.

The family of Lorraine Velasquez has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley.


Virginia Suarez of Santa Fe

Virginia Suarez, 58, a resident of Santa Fe, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, October 29, 2017. Virginia was preceded in death by her parents Manuel and Flora Moya; siblings Patsy Montoya and Manuel Moya Jr.; nephew Joseph Montoya.

Her grandchildren were her world. She was an amazing mother, wife, grandmother, aunty, sister, adopted mother to many and a great friend. She will be missed dearly.

Mrs. Suarez is survived by her husband Jesus Suarez; children Manuel (Justina) Castillo, Danny Castillo and companion Christella Trujllo, Jesse Suarez, Sugar Suarez, Sonya Suarez and fiancée Joshua Denipah; grandchildren Eloy Valdez, Manuelito, Julian and Baby Castillo; siblings Michael, Gene and Kate Moya; brother and sister-in-law Ramiro and Madalene Suarez and children, Crystal, Angelica, Ramiro Jr. and Daniel Suarez; very special niece Delia Garcia; good friend Maria Terrazas and many other relatives, friends and adopted children.

Services are pending at this time and will be announced as soon as they become available.

Serving the family as pallbearers are Danny and Manuel Castillo, Jerome Anaya, Ramiro, Daniel, Jesus and Jesse Suarez.

The family of Virginia Suarez has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley.


Miguel (Mike) Valdez of Ensenada

Miguel (Mike) Valdez, 77, a resident of Ensenada NM, passed away on Saturday, October 28, 2017. Miguel was preceded in death by his parents, George and Genara Valdez; brother, Alfonso Valdez, sisters, Ciria Cordova, Leonor Casias, and Helen Chacon.

He is survived by his wife, Arlene Valdez of Ensenada; daughter, Michele Valdez of Alamosa CO, son, Michael Valdez of Denver CO, step-daughter, Janie (Mike Newell of Southlake TX, step-sons, Robert (Tracy) Marquez of Tijeras NM and Stephen Marquez of Denver CO; brother, Ramon (Margaret) Valdez of Denver CO, sisters, Margaret Martinez of Ensenada, NM, Maria D. Valdez of Denver CO, and Flora Valdez of Thornton CO, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Chama Community Church. Burial will be held at a later date.

The family of Miguel (Mike) Valdez has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley.