The Mass of the Resurrection for Max Gomez, 88, of Portales, will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) at St. Helen Catholic Church in Portales with Fr. James McGowan as celebrant. Burial will follow in the Portales Cemetery with Raymond Lucero, Patrick Peralez, James Peralez, Joseph Dunsworth, Jonah Lucero and Richard Ulibarri serving as pallbearers. The rosary was recited Tuesday evening at St. Helen Catholic Church. The family will gather at 1025 E. 1st Street in Portales.
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Maximiliano Alberto Gomez was born Feb. 19, 1925 in Las Vegas to the home of Sotera and Enriquez Gomez and died at his home in Portales on the morning of March 17, 2013, surrounded by his family.
Max enlisted in the Army on Jan. 2, 1946, and was honorably discharged on July 5, 1947. He was a member of the American Legion Post #31, and of St. Helen Catholic Church.
He was married to Lucy Lucero on May 3, 1975, in Clovis. He enjoyed working crossword puzzles, and doing woodwork, but his greatest joy was in spending time with his grandchildren.
Gomez worked for the Portales Sanitation Department for 13 years, and then for many years he was employed in the dairy industry. For the last several years of his working life, he worked at R.L. Borden Peanut Company. He had been retired for a number of years.
Max is survived by his wife, Lucy of the home; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Maxine Lucero of Portales, Carmen and James Beard of Albuquerque, and Connie and Margarito Peralez of Clovis; a step-son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Bobbie Jo Lucero of Corrales; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren; four brothers, Vivian (Ancelmita) Gomez of Brighton, Colo., Willie Gomez and his companion, Carmen Sena of Las Vegas, Carlos Gomez of Brighton, Colo. and Arthur (Nora) Gomez of Honolulu, Hawaii; three sisters, Mary Martinez, Chavelia (Epifano) Lucero and Teresa (Dan) Barela all of Las Vegas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Delfino Gomez; two sisters, Lasarita Gomez and Lela Gomez; and by a great-granddaughter, Martika Wilson.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. 575-356-4455, wheelermortuary.net
Published in Las Vegas Optic on Mar. 20, 2013