Santa Fe County, New Mexico
Genealogy and History
Obituaries and Death Notices
Preston Beck, Jr.
Santa Fe, N.M., April 8, ae. ___, senior partner of the firm of Beck & Johnston, Santa Fe. The intelligence of his death occasioned profound sorrow in Philadelphia, and especially in the commercial community, by whom he was held in the highest estimation, as a gentleman and a merchant. At a meeting at the court house in Santa Fe, the citizens gave expression to their sorrow as follows, John B. Grayson presiding. “Although a native of Ind., he had resided in Mo. for many years, and from thence he removed to New Mexico in 1845, where he has spent most of the days of his manhood. We have not met here to eulogize the dead, but to manifest in this public manner the position occupied by the deceased here, where he was best known. He came here one of the early pioneers of the west, to seek his fortune in a then foreign land. By his enterprise, industry, and liberal, enlightened views, he had acquired a fortune; by his virtues, his social qualities, his public spirit, and high-toned sentiments, he had endeared himself to all who knew him; by his upright, manly course, he has left an impress upon this community that he died as he had lived – an honest man, the noblest work of God. In every patriotic, public-spirited work, Preston Beck, Jr., was always foremost; his hand was never shut to the needy and meritorious; and the young and enterprising always found in him a fast friend. He has left a blight upon New Mexico that will be felt throughout its entire extent. Finally, we feel that his place here can never be filled; for he occupied, as a merchant, as a man, and as a friend, all that any man can occupy in any community. He merited and had acquired the confidence, esteem and friendship of all. Be it therefore
“Resolved, that in the death of Preston Beck, Jr., this community has lost one of its most useful, worthy, and highly esteemed citizens, which has left a void in our midst which can never be filled.
“Resolved further, that by his death at this time, in the prime and vigor of manhood and usefulness, a blight has been cast over this community from which it will not soon recover.” [Source: "Annual OBITUARY NOTICES OF EMINENT PERSONS who have died in the United States FOR 1858"; BY HON. NATHAN CROSBY; BOSTON: JOHN P. JEWETT AND COMPANY. 1859. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.]
Mrs. J. B. Beeres
Mrs. J. B. Beeres, who died on Thursday night, was burried yesterday at Fairview. The family were in destitute circumstances and several small children are motherless. The youngest, a babe of 10 months, will be taken care of by Mrs. B. B. Borden. [12/28/1893, The Santa Fe New Mexican]
Edward Donahue, aged 20, son of John Donahue, died yesterday morning at 3 o'clock and will be burried Friday at 10. Funeral takes place from Catholic Church. [12/28/1893, The Santa Fe New Mexican]
Juanita, the 8 months old daughter of Evaresto Duram, died yesterday afternoon. The family have much sympathy in their loss. [5/13/1893, The Santa Fe New Mexican]
Edith Lynn Flansburgh
Death of Mrs. Flansburgh -- Word has been received by friends here of the death of Mrs. Edith Lynn Flansburgh at Santa Fe, New Mexico, on December 7, 1949 and burial in the Fairview Cemetery at Santa Fe. Mrs. Flansburgh will be remembered here as the wife of J. D. Lynn; the family made their home here for several years until Mr. Lynn passed away. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Courtney. (Western Kansas World, January 5, 1950, page 1, Submitted by Peggy Thompson)
Mrs. Refugio J. Gonzales
Mrs. Refugio J. Gonzales died last night at her residence on the south side, after a long illness, aged 64 years. Deceased was a good woman in all the sense of the word, and the community extends its heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family. She leaves a husband, a daughter, three grandchildren and a large number of friends and relatives to mourn her demise. The funeral will take place from the Cathedral tomorrow morning. [1/5/1899, The Santa Fe New Mexican]
Harry L. Hopper
Harry L. Hopper died at the residence of Mrs. G. A. Smith yesterday morning at 8 O'clock. Mr Hopper was a young man who had not yet attained his majority. He graduated with distinquished honors in Richmond Ind. last summer, and had entered upon the study of law when the dread disease, consumption, displayed itself and accompnied by his mother he sought relief in the climate of Santa Fe last November. There was at no time any hope of his ultimate recovery entertained, and he gradually grew worse until he passed away yesterday morning. The remains were temporarily intered in the Fairview cemetery this afternoon at 3 o'clock. [1/3/1893, The Santa Fe New Mexican]
Mrs. Catharina Mecke, mother-in-law of Chas. Probst; mother of Ernest Mecke and sister of august Kirchner, departed this life at 5:30 O'clock last evening, aged 68 years. The funeral will take place from the Probst residence tomorrow afternoon. [1/3/1893, The Santa Fe New Mexican]
Gerald B. Nelson
SANTA FE, N.M. -- Hancock County native Gerald B. Nelson, 76, of 1713 Santa Fe River Road, Santa Fe, N.M., died Thursday night at St. Vincent Hospital, Santa Fe, N.M.
There will be no funeral. The body will be cremated.
Mr. Wilson was born Jan. 10, 1912 in Hancock County to Howard and Opal (Shafer) Nelson. He married Margaret (Harmes) on June 12, 1938 and she survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Jean Nelson Barger, Silver City, N.M., and two grandchildren.
Mr. Nelson was chief pharmacist for the Santa Fe Drug Co., Santa Fe, N.M. He was previously a pharmacist for the former S&S Drug Store and managed Brookside Pharmacy, both in Findlay (Ohio). He moved to New Mexico about three years ago. [THE COURIER, Findlay, Oh., Sat. 3 Sep. 1988 - Sub. by William Ream]
Margaret Harmes Nelson
MARGARET (HARMES) NELSON, formerly of Findlay, (Ohio) died Wednesday, April 21, 1999, in Silver City, N.M. She and her late husband Gerald managed Brookside pharmacy while they resided in Findlay. Local survivors include one sister, Mrs. James E. (Norma) Dipert. [THE COURIER, Findlay, Oh., Mon., 26 Apr. 1999 - Sub. by William Ream]
Ernest Reiste, son of Charles Reiste, 11 months old, died at the parents house, 1008 South Broadway, yesterday morning. Funeral services this morning at 9 O'clock. Burial at Santa Barbara Cemetery. Undertaker Montfort in charge of ceremonies. [4/15/1899, The Santa Fe New Mexican]
John Rhem, aged 52 years, died yesterday afternoon at 3o'clock at St. Vincent's Hospital. He had come from Albuqurque a few weeks ago, suffering from Heart disease and dropsey. He went to Albuqurque last fall from Logansport Ind. where he has a son and a daughter living. The funeral took place this morning at 8 o'clock. Interment was made in Cedar Hill Cemetery. [4/15/1899, The Santa Fe New Mexican]
Carlos Rivera died at his home on the south side yesterday, aged 40 years. His wife died just 15 days ago. Both had been long in ill health. Mr. Rivera was a clever man, a good citizen and neighbor and the community regret his taking off. [5/13/1893, The Santa Fe New Mexican]
A telegram from Catskill was received at 10 o'clock this morning announcing the sudden death there last night of Nestor Robial, a former well known citizen of Santa Fe, and cousin to Cleto Robial, whose death occured there on Friday. Both were engaged at Catskill in filling a tie contract for the Union Pacific road, and both died of pneunomia. Nestor Robial was 27 years of age. He was a son-in-law of Benito Borrego, of Santa Fe and leaves a wife and one child. The body will probably be brought here for burial. [1/3/1893, The Santa Fe New Mexican]
Bob N. Sullivan
Bob N. Sullivan, 70, a resident of Santa Fe, passed away on Thursday, February 6, 1997. Mr. Sullivan was born in Hillsboro, New Mexico on January 2, 1927, to James and Lucy Bourguet Sullivan who have preceded him in death. Also preceding Mr. Sullivan in death was a brother, Andy Sullivan and a sister, Susie Garrison. Mr. Sullivan married Dolores Rodriguez in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on August 7, 1950. He was a graduate of Santa Fe High School. Mr. Sullivan retired after 33 years of service with the New Mexico Highway Department. He was recently employed with Rodeo Plaza Liquor. Mr. Sullivan was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He is survived by his loving wife, Dolores Sullivan of Santa Fe; daughters: Kathleen Ortiz and husband Ray of Santa Fe, Teresa Anaya and husband Chris of Tesuque, NM; son, Jim Sullivan and wife Jaymie of Santa Fe; grand daughters: Andrea Sandoval, Hillary Ortiz, Rachel Sullivan, Kathleen Roybal; grandsons: Derrick Roybal, Robert Sullivan, Raymond Ortiz, Jr.; sisters: Gwen Pitt, Mamie Sullivan, Eva Mead, Ethel Romero, Mable Gallegos, Mary Stone, Frances Quintana and husband Benny; sisters-in-law: Carlota Medina and husband Edward, Margaret Trull; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Visitation will begin at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church where a rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Monday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service. [Santa Fe New Mexican - February 8, 1997]
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