Ernesto Lovato, of Holman, NM, born on Dec. 10, 1929, went to be with the Lord on July 3, 2013 at the age of 83. He is preceded in death by his son Edwin Lovato, granddaughter Vanessa Lucy Lovato; parents, Celso and Ambrosita Lovato; sisters, Emilia Vigil, Mary Lovato and brother Porfirio Lovato.
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Ernesto is survived by his wife of 60 years, Isabel Lovato; his sons, Henry Lovato (Vicky), Vincent Lovato (Jackie), Michael Lovato (Shannon), and Ernest Lovato (Tanya); daughters, Yolanda Medina (Eutavio), Loretta Medina, Carla Lovato and Melissa Lovato (Micheal); 21 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren along with brothers, Celso Lovato Jr., Samuel Lovato; sisters Nora Maes (Gilbert), Anita LaRan (Donald), Martha Lovato and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were to be held at Saint Gertrude Catholic Church in Mora today (Monday). A rosary was to begin at 9 a.m., followed by celebration of the funeral mass at 10 a.m. with Father Dolter as celebrant.
With respect to Mr. Lovato's final wishes, cremation will follow and burial services will take place at a later date.
In appreciation for his service to our country, military honors for Mr. Lovato will be presented following the funeral mass by the US Army Honor Guard.
Serving as pallbearers will be Ronald Lovato, Jeffrey Medina, Santiago Lovato, Vincent Lovato, Jr., Gabriel Lovato and Travis Lovato.
Honorary pallbearers are John Sanchez, John Espinoza, Nestor ""Shorty"" Casados, Lazaro Garcia, an the late Levi Alcon, Sr., the late George Maes, and the late Charlie ""Rooster"" Trujillo.
Funeral arrangements for Mr. Lovato have been entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home; 801 Douglas Avenue, Las Vegas, NM; 505-425-6551.
Please visit http://www.nelsonfuneralhomelv.com/ for online condolences.
Nelson Funeral Home
801 Douglas Avenue Las Vegas , NM 87701
Published in Las Vegas Optic on July 8, 2013