Teodoro Garcia, 76, native resident of El Carmel, N.M., peacefully passed away in Albuquerque on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, to be with our dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
He was born March 23, 1939, to the late Samuel Garcia and Rupertita Aragon. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary, his brothers Juan Pablo, Eugenio, Manuel, Samuel Jr. and Charlie and sisters Mary Roybal and Virginia Hernandez; and great-grandson Jeremiah Teodoro Maes.
Teodoro is survived by his three children: Patricia of Albuquerque, Ron of Las Vegas, N.M., and James and wife Veronica of Albuquerque; his two brothers Juan and Jose of El Carmel and special sister Helen Santos of Las Vegas; seven grandchildren: David Maes and wife Jessica of Albuquerque, Joseph Maes and wife Amber, Jesse Maes and wife Erica, Laurissa Maes, James, Angelica and Elijah Garcia; 12 great-grandchildren: Gabriel, Jacob, Isaiah, Noah, Joshua, Joseph, Patience, Jesse Jr., Luciano, Estrella, Elijah, Julian, and numerous loving relatives and friends.
Teodoro graduated from Mora High School in 1958. He was a carpenter, woodworker and farmer known for his impeccable work ethic, which he instilled in his family. He greatly enjoyed working from the early sunrise to sundown, whether it was tilling the land, planting corn and peas, or constructing doors and furniture. Because of his passion for farming at an early age, he was nicknamed by his father as "Isidro" after the patron saint for farmers and gardeners – San Isidro Labrador. Teodoro was widely known for making the "best" chicos (horno-cooked and sundried sweet corn) around. He greatly enjoyed teaching his farming and woodworking skills to his children and grandchildren and always made time to visit with his loving relatives and friends alike. He was a loving father, husband, grandfather, brother, uncle, mentor and friend who will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
Cremation has taken place by Direct Funeral Services of Albuquerque. Services were conducted at Saint Gertrude's Church in Mora, with the rosary at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 27, and the funeral Mass at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 28, followed by burial at the El Carmel Cemetery, El Carmel.