Susana "Grandma Susie" Fernandez beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, and aunt of many passed away on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012 at the age of 96, at Alta Vista Regional Hospital in the presence of her family.
She was born Dec. 26, 1915, to Adolfo and Reyitos Bernal in Cleveland, N.M. She was united in marriage to Juan Remijio Fernandez Sr. on Jan. 21, 1935, together they raised a family of eight daughters, two sons, and one grandson. She was a active lifetime member of St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Mora.
She was preceded in death by her husband: Juan Remijio Fernandez Sr., son: Juan Remijio Fernandez Jr., grandsons: Gabriel Gallegos Sr., and Joshua Garcia; daughter-in-law: Lucille Fernandez; sisters: Cleofas Romero, and Celia Chacon and brother: Abencio Bernal.
She is survived by her daughters: Beatrice Yanni and husband Frank of Denver, Colo., Feliciana Vialpando of Cleveland, N.M., Flaminia Gardiner and husband Ron of Florida; Cordelia Shab of Santa Fe, Moraima Romero and (Henry Valdez) of Cleveland, and Lila Rivera and husband Fabian of Santa Fe; son: Soylo Fernandez of Las Vegas; daughters: Glena Sanchez (Louie Sanchez) Los Lunas, Susie Garcia and husband Paul of Las Vegas; grandson raised as a son: Wayne Lucero (Corina) of Rainsville; 20 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Marcia Gonzales of Las Vegas, Nev., Sofia Martinez and husband Juan of Loma Linda, Calif., and Lena Tucker of Las Vegas, Nev.; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
Public viewing will be held all day on Friday at Rogers Chapel in Las Vegas. Rosary services will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday at St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Mora. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m on Saturday at St. Gertrude Church with Father James Sanchez as celebrant. Interment will take place at San Antonio Cemetery following the mass in Cleveland with the following serving as casket bearers: Lucio Vialpando, John Fernandez III, John Schab Jr., Manuel Fernandez, Robert Romero, Charles Sanchez, Phillip Fernandez and Jared Garcia. Serving as honorary bearers will be all her remaining grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
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