Karen “Saint Karen” Morelock was born on May 23, 1953, and passed away with her family by her side on Jan. 26, 2018.  

Rio Rancho Public Schools has taken a big step toward getting its students prepared for career paths other than college and the military, as board members Catherine Cullen and Ryan Parra grabbed the reins on bringing career technical education into the high schools for juniors and seniors.

Dr. Marshall Emanuel Deutsch, 96, died on December 23. He was born in New York City, and recently moved to Corrales, N.M., after 51 years in Sudbury, Mass., and earlier times in New Jersey, Detroit and New York.

That little boy in the arms of his mother is Zachary Lucas Victoria, touted as the city’s first baby born in 2018. Bryant and Diana Victoria of Rio Rancho greeted him at 8:06 a.m. on Jan. 2 at Rust Medical Center. Zachary weighed 7 lbs., 11 ounces and measured 20.5 inches in length.

John Thomas McGuffin, 74, was born on April 22, 1943, in Portales, New Mexico, to Reverend V. Elmer McGuffin and Edna Culpepper McGuffin. He graduated from Aztec High School in Aztec, New Mexico, in 1961. He served in the United States Army from 1963 to 1967 and received his bachelor’s degre…

John Anthony Soens Sr. was born the eldest of 11 children on April 23, 1947, to Ernest and Mary Soens. He departed life June 29, 2017.

Amanda Lynn Johnson, born September 23, 1990 in Alamogordo, NM passed away on May 25, 2017 at Rust Hospital in Albuquerque, NM.

Don Ray Morrow of Ft. Collins, CO died peacefully Thursday, April 20, 2017 at his home after a brief illness. He was 81 years old.

Douglas K. Utegg, a resident of Rio Rancho for 38 years, passed away at home on April 30, 2017. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Joan; son, Douglas G. (Jacquie); daughters, Susan and Penny; grandchildren, Douglas E. (Jessica), Jennifer (Nick), Emerson and great-grandson, Leland.

John Michael (Mike) Stuart of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, passed away unexpectedly on April 6, 2017, in his sleep while in his motor home at Texas Motor Speedway.

Buford “Buff” E. Siebuhr, 86, passed away Saturday evening April 15, 2017, with his family by his side at Hospice House of Reno County in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Mary F. Goff, 94, of Rio Rancho, N.M., and formerly of Raton, N.M., passed away Saturday, April 1, 2017.

Richard Sheridan passed away on April 3, 2017, at the age of 72. He is survived by his wife, Susan Sheridan, of 37 years of marriage. He is also survived by his half-brother, Ben Dozier of Alexandria, Va.

Mildred C. Swisstack passed away from natural causes on March 25, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. She was 91 years old.

Ethel May Danielson passed away Sunday, January 15, 2017, after a long battle with illness.

Kathleen “Kathy” Ann Grooters passed away on January 17, 2017, after several years of heart and vascular disease.

Frank was born on January 13, 1927, to John and Ruth (Karfoot) Davis of Caldwell, Kansas.

Sheri Manganaro, 61, passed away Monday, Dec. 26, 2016.

Barbara Platt (Swanson), age 91, passed away Oct. 28, 2016, having spent her final days surrounded by her loving family.

    Observer Staff Writer

A metro radio talk show host recently took a call from a listener who tongue-in-cheek (we hope) wanted to know why the old Caravan East building was being talked about as another library location for the city of Albuquerque.

Retired Master Sergeant, 22-year Air Force and Vietnam veteran, Michael J. Philbin Jr. served his country with honor and pride.

Dean Ramaeker, age 75, passed away Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.

Eileen Evelyn (Kastanek) Reed, age 69, passed away Saturday, November 5, 2016 at home. Eileen was born in Seward, Neb., on June 7, 1947.

  • Gary Herron
    sports editor

Three out of the city’s four high school cross country teams claimed red and blue trophies at Saturday’s Class 6A cross country championship races at Rio Rancho High School, while another finished fourth.

Rose B. Rhodes, age 97, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016.

Helen Ann Pisano Salvo, age 93, passed away on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, at her home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Loving wife and mother, Betty Wandschneider (June 7, 1931— Sept. 27, 2016) will now join her beloved husband Al.

Ross Edwin Bishop passed away on Sept. 6, 2016, in Albuquerque, N.M.

Carol Ann Arms, age 78, passed away Monday, Sept. 5, 2016, in Rio Rancho, N.M. surrounded by her loved ones.

Mrs. Marilyn Simons Butler passed away Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, at the age of 70 years, 10 months and 22 days.

Leonard Cenicola, age 71, passed away Monday, Aug. 22, 2016.

Jose (Tony) Vigil, 80, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016. Tony was born in Ocate, New Mexico, to Seferino Vigil and Lucia Duran.

Jean H. Elms, 81, passed away Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

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