Jose Lujan
B: 1944-10-25
D: 2019-03-18
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Lujan, Jose
Richard Covarrubia
B: 1949-01-26
D: 2019-03-17
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Covarrubia, Richard
Charles McGinty
B: 1930-10-05
D: 2019-03-17
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McGinty, Charles
James Culbreth
B: 1936-05-12
D: 2019-03-15
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Culbreth, James
Kelly Counter
B: 1926-03-23
D: 2019-03-14
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Counter, Kelly
William Landis
B: 1933-03-22
D: 2019-03-14
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Landis, William
Max Romero
B: 1945-01-23
D: 2019-03-12
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Romero, Max
Joella Tadian
B: 1933-10-18
D: 2019-03-10
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Tadian, Joella
Gayle Thompson
B: 1953-05-28
D: 2019-03-06
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Thompson, Gayle
Jonathan Mowrer
B: 1952-06-16
D: 2019-03-05
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Mowrer, Jonathan
Isabel Sanchez
B: 1933-07-08
D: 2019-03-04
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Sanchez, Isabel
Virgil Kohlhepp
B: 1960-09-16
D: 2019-03-03
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Kohlhepp, Virgil
Conrado Armijo
B: 1944-06-01
D: 2019-03-02
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Armijo, Conrado
Paolo Badamo
B: 1923-08-30
D: 2019-02-27
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Badamo, Paolo
Thomas Garcia
B: 1990-03-24
D: 2019-02-27
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Garcia, Thomas
Roy Munoz Ibarra
B: 1994-11-03
D: 2019-02-25
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Munoz Ibarra, Roy
Luis Silva
B: 1923-06-29
D: 2019-02-24
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Silva, Luis
Connie Bush
B: 1952-06-13
D: 2019-02-23
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Bush, Connie
Carl Smith
B: 1935-02-17
D: 2019-02-21
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Smith, Carl
George Tapia
B: 1942-10-21
D: 2019-02-21
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Tapia, George
Valerie Shea
B: 1955-12-31
D: 2019-02-21
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Shea, Valerie


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Our Funeral Directors & Staff

Staff members of Noblin Funeral Service are caring and experienced professionals who understand that each family is unique and has personal requests and traditions. These requests and traditions are of utmost importance to our staff of local individuals. 


Robert and Katie Noblin, Owner/Licensed Funeral Director

Robert C. Noblin, Jr. is 39 years old and originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He has been serving the needs of others in funeral service since high school. He purchased Riverside Funeral Home in June of 2005, and immediately found a niche with his musical talent in Belen. Robert began playing piano at age 4, and his talent is used largely in church. He has played and will continue to play for many local churches. Robert is a member of the First United Methodist Church in Belen. He is graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, GA. Robert enjoys playing the piano, karaoke, and being involved in the Valencia County community.  He is also on the Development Board of the University of New Mexico Valencia Campus and serves on both the Belen Chamber of Commerce board and the Los Lunas Chamber of Commerce board.

He has a strong belief in providing honest service at a price comfortable to all and in 2011 made the decision to expand Noblin Funeral Service to include a convenient Los Lunas location.  In 2013, he began the process of installing an on-site crematory at the Belen location in order to provide "complete cremation care" to the families he serves.

Katie Noblin, with her daughter Karlie, moved to Belen, from Dallas, TX, in 2010. Katie began working for Noblin Funeral Service in 2013. She loves the Dallas Cowboys and leopard print. Katie has brought her talents for working quickly, efficiently and with a strong understanding of the compassion needed to work with the families that we serve. We are pleased to have her with us.

Samuel and Nadia Moya

Samuel C. Moya is a life-long resident of Belen, NM. He is the son of Genaro & Sandra Moya. He is a graduate of Belen High School, class of 2006. After graduation he joined the Naval Reserves and attended boot camp and Corps School in Great Lakes, IL. Sam and his wife, Nadia have 3 children, Brooke, Brianna and Samuel Brian. He holds his intern licenses in Preparation and Embalming and in Arranging and Directing. Samuel has a natural knack for understanding a family’s need at a most difficult time. “I feel proud that when a family entrusts their loved one to us, that I will be there for them”.

L.B. Tarry, Funeral Associate

L.B. and Pat Tarry have been residents of Belen since October of 1956. She is an organist, having played for the First Baptist Church for many years, and currently plays the organ at the First Baptist Church of Los Chavez, where they are members. L.B. retired as a locomotive engineer with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.

L.B. is a Funeral Associate and has been employed with the funeral home since 2006.

L.B. and Pat have two children, Travis Lee Tarry and Linda Tarry Brasier.

Their dedication to people make them a tremendous asset to the staff at Noblin Funeral Service.

Rosario Torres

Noblin Funeral Service is pleased to employ Rosario Torres of Belen. Rosario is responsible for the cleanliness of the buildings and vehicles. Her dedication to Noblin Funeral Service is greatly appreciated and we are constantly complimented on the appearance of our facilities, flowers and the cleanliness of our funeral home.

Jake Kettenacker, Pre-Planning Counselor

Jake Kettenacker, a native of Minnesota, proudly served in the United States Navy, moved to New Mexico in 1990. He is a lifelong insurance professional, owning and operating agencies prior to entering the funeral industry. Prior to joining Noblin Funeral Service, Jake was a manager at one of the large funeral firms in Albuquerque. Joining Noblin in 2012, Jake specializes in funeral pre-planning and arrangements. Jake lives in Rio Communities with his wife Nancy and their three poodles. Jake is an active member of Valley Lutheran Church and the La Merced Moose Lodge. In his spare time, he is an avid golfer and competitive shooter with the Single Action Shooters Society.

Joseph Anthony Laurenzano Jr., Pre-Planning Counselor

Joseph Anthony Laurenzano, Jr. was born in Brooklyn, NY and moved to Belen with his family at age 12.  After graduating from the New Mexico Military Institute, he worked for several years with Valley Ambulance of Valencia.  He later joined the United States Air Force as a firefighter, which allowed him to travel to many parts of the United States and Europe before retiring in 1994.  Upon retiring, Joe began a career in investments, insurance and real estate until he felt called to funeral service.  Joe is dedicated to walking a family through pre-planning, to ease their minds.  Joe resides in Los Lunas with his wife, Jenny Garcia Laurenzano.  They have two children, Christa Keller and Joshua Laurenzano.

Paul Baca, Transfer Personnel

Paul Baca is originally from San Bernardino, California. His family moved to New Mexico when he was 13 years old. Paul is a 1984 graduate from Los Lunas High School. He has worked for the Belen Consolidated Schools for over 20 years. Paul and his wife, Sandy have made Belen their home. They have four children and six grandchildren. Paul enjoys hiking, running and biking.  Paul joined Noblin Funeral Service in 2015.  

Clifford E. Sanchez, Transfer Personnel

Cliff Sanchez, native of Cubero Spanish Land Grant & Grants, New Mexico started working for Noblin Funeral Service in 2015. Cliff lives in Belen with his wife, Esther. They’ve been happily married for 42 years. They have two sons, Tomas and Elam and three beautiful granddaughters, Sonya and twins, Mia and Sofia. Cliff enjoys farming. He also likes to raise Pecans. He is a member of Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church. He’s played guitar and sang in a Spanish choir for 20 years. Cliff retired after 40 years with the Natural Resources Conservation Service of US Department of Agriculture. We are thrilled to welcome Cliff to our family at Noblin Funeral Service.

Nathan Gutierrez, Transfer Personnel

Karlie , Future Funeral Director

Our little Second Grader holds a yellow belt in Karate. Even though just in Elementary school, Karlie has already expressed a strong desire to be a funeral director. She wants to grow up to be like Dad. Karlie expressed a natural compassion for families by giving them hand written and colored notes and cards.

Zoey , Service Dog

Zoey is a Standard Poodle, 6 years old.  Zoey was rescued and acquired by her humans through the Albuquerque Enchanted Poodle Club in April 2011.
She has attended Obedience Classes, passing her Canine Good Citizen test in April 2014 and as of July 2014 is certified "Pet Therapy" dog with the Warm Hearts Network, a program of Animal Humane/New Mexico.
She and her human are classified as a Volunteer Visiting Team and visit local nursing homes on a weekly basis where she is loved by many.
She is owned and cared for by Jake and Nancy Kettenacker of Rio Communities.

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