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Gutierrez, Andrew  
Our dearest beloved, Andrew Adam Gutierrez, 61, of Las Cruces, entered eternal life to be with his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at his home surrounded by his loving family. "Andy," as he was fondly known to family and friends, was born Oct. 3, 1953 in Roswell, New Mexico, to Manuel A. and Arcilia Urquides Gutierrez. He was employed by Sisbarro. Survivors include his son, Gabriel Gutierrez of Farmington; his daughter, Gina McIntyre and husband, Karl, of Phoenix; his mother, Arcilia, of Las Cruces; companion and best friend, Rachel Gutierrez; stepsons, Paul Rivera, of Las Cruces, Richard Rivera and wife, Beth, of Minnesota; two stepdaughters, Jennie Rivera and Rochelle Emily Anaya and husband, Ricky, of Las Cruces; brother, Adam Gutierrez and Carol; two sisters, Doreen Mendiola and husband, Joe, all of Las Cruces, and Sofia Medina and husband, Virgil of El Paso, Texas. Other survivors include his mother-in-law, Emilia Rocha, 16 grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Andy was preceded in death by his father, Manuel Gutierrez, in 1993 and his father-in-law, Rafael Rocha in 2008. Cremation has taken place and a memorial Mass will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral, 1240 S. Espina St. Inurnment of cremains will be held at a later date. Serving as honorary bearers will be Tito Hinojosa, Andy Gonzales, Ralph "Junior" Plancarte, J.R. Najara, Pepe Holguin and Jack Tellez. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels of Las Cruces and Sunset Crematory. For online condolences logon to
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Jan. 27, 2015

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Gallegos, Juana - Las Cruces  
Juana Soto Silva Gallegos, 85, born Dec. 26, 1929, in Troncones, Durango, Mexico, to Concepcion Soto and Acsencion Silva. She was baptized in Nasas, Durango, Mexico, and had resided in Torreon and Benito Juarez, Mexico. On Feb. 28, 1963, she was admitted into the United States and resided in Mesilla and Las Cruces, New Mexico, until her death on Jan. 16, 2015. Orphaned at a very young age, Juana learned to adjust and live life in all circumstances. In the mid-1960s, she worked in California as a sharecropper, returning to New Mexico to raise Beatrice. She took up house cleaning and anything else she could get. In 1975, she took on the role of caring for her son, Lazaro, who had been partially paralyzed by a drunken driver, caring for him for 26 years. Juana did this without ever owning a vehicle and walked everywhere. She was elated when the city buses became a part of Las Cruces. Juana was a member of the Salvation Army Church for many years. On Nov. 12, 1978, through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, she was baptized in obedience to our Lord's command at Primera Iglesia Bautista, along with her son Lazaro. In her later years, she attended Sierra Vista Community Church, Iglesia de Dios Pentecostal and First Evangelical Free Church. She was a prayer warrior, always willing and ready to pray with anyone. Juana was definitely an amazing warrior in her last years of life. She had two major strokes and had many mini strokes. But she never let go of her faith and love for God. Juana leaves a legacy of keeping Jesus in her heart. Two things she always said, "THANK YOU JESUS" and when more was needed, "OH LORD, THANK YOU JESUS." Those left to mourn her passing include her sister, Vicenta Hernandez; daughters, Maria Elena Thomas (Steve) and Beatrice Gutierrez; grandchildren, Melinda Lujan Severns (Tim), Rocky Lujan, Joan Marie Lujan, and David Gallegos; great-grandchildren, Hannah and Elijah Severns; nephews, Frank Hernandez (Nichole), Ruben Hernandez (Yolanda); nieces, Eva Hernandez (David), Norma Noel (James); great nieces and nephews, Liz Perez, Dana Hernandez, Trevor and Cory Noel, and Frankie Hernandez. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Jose Soto Silva and Roman Villa; sisters, Amelia Villa; the love of her life, Pete Gellsomino; daughter, Baby Gallegos; son Lazaro Hernandez; niece, Donna Hernandez; brother-in-law, Ramon Hernandez and husband, Genovevo Gallegos. A service will be held Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015, at 2 p.m. in the First Evangelical Free Church, 1435 S. Pecos Street. Inurnment of cremains will be held at a later date. The family would like to thank all who helped her out in her time of need. God knows who you are and we are truly grateful. If you would like to give a donation, she would desire for you to take someone out to eat who can't afford it or buy them food for their pantry. Entrusted to Baca's Funeral Chapels of Las Cruces. 527-2222 Your exclusive providers for "Veterans and Family Memorial Care." For online condolences logon to
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Jan. 23, 2015
Geck, Celia  
Celia "Jocel" Geck (formerly Celia Anchondo), died Thursday, January 22, at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces. She passed peacefully with friends and family by her side. She was born on March 20, 1940 in Anthony, NM. Celia received a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from New Mexico State University and continued her education at the University Chicago, where she received her Master's in Social Work. She spent her professional life helping others in the area of social work and with social justice issues, especially women's issues. Celia also spent many years teaching in the Mesilla Valley and Las Cruces until her retirement in 2004. Celia is preceded in death by her parents, Luis Jose "Pepe" and Celestina (Apodaca) Geck; brother, Richard Geck; aunt, "Tia Jo" Geck; and daughter, Sylvia Anchondo. She is survived by brothers Antonio "Tony" Geck; Ralph (Ester) Geck; son, Robert "Bobby" Anchondo; and daughter, Christy Anchondo; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. A Prayer Vigil will take place at 7 P.M. on Monday January 26, 2015. Family and friends will join together to celebrate a Memorial Mass on Tuesday January 27, 2015 at 10 A.M., at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Cathedral. Arrangements are with Getz Funeral Home 1410 E. Bowman Ave, Las Cruces NM 88001. To sign the local online guest book visit
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Jan. 25, 2015
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