Ernesto ""El Flaco"" ""Papo"" Marruffo Hernandez went to be with the Lord on May 22, 2014. He was born August 27, 1937, in Alpine, Texas, to the late Eliseo and Natividad Hernandez.
We were blessed to have had a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and great friend. He was a loving, devoted father to his daughters and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Since 1953, Ernesto has lived in Alamogordo and has always been a hard working man since 1953. He was employed at the Alamogordo Daily News for many years. He also worked at Piggly Wiggly, Ink Well, Furrs Grocery Store, Sears Alamogordo Funeral Home and at the Catholic Cemetery. Ernesto worked for his second family, Aubrey Dunn, Sr. for many years. He called Mr. Dunn ""My Papi"" whom he loved and his family very much.
Survivors include: his two daughters, Deserie Hernandez and Kathy Serna and her husband Marcos of Alamogordo; grandchildren, Delaine Schmeltz and husband Brandon of Herminie, Pa.; Jeremy Oblak, Gabriel Serna and wife Catana, and Adriana Serna, all of Alamogordo; great-grandchildren, Haley Morris, Hunter Schmeltz, Jeremy Oblak, Jr., Avyana and Gabriella Serna and Janaya Barboza; sisters, Elida ""Lily"" Hernandez, Virginia Martinez and husband Ubaldo, and Dolores Torres all of Alamogordo; brothers, Eliseo Hernandez, Jr. and wife Virginia, and Joe M. Hernandez all of Alamogordo. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Cenaida H. Sherbondy and husband Thoma H., and his ""Papi"", Aubrey Dunn, Sr.
A visitation will be held on May 30 from 9 to 10 a.m. The Rosary will follow at 10:30 a.m. which will be recited by Linda Villabisencio. The Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. by Fr. Michael Lindsay, Celebrant. All services will take place at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.
God our Father, we look upon you for guidance, strength and comfort at this time. Our family is at a great loss right now. Our pain is much too great. Losing Ernesto has set us in a place for which we were not prepared. Our hearts are filled with pain, but deep down we know that Ernesto is pain free and no longer suffering. As we say our goodbyes, we hold our memories forever close. Ernesto, you were called home and are now an angel looking upon us. We love and will always carry you forever in our hearts.
The Hernandez family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home, Inc., to direct the arrangements. Cremation will take place at PCS.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.alamogordofuneralhome.org
Alamogordo Funeral Home
2301 1st Street Alamogordo, NM 88310
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from May 28 to June 27, 2014