Jose "Peter" O. Ferrales, 75, of Tortugas entered eternal life Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at Memorial Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. "Joe" or "Peter," as he was fondly known to family and friends, was born Aug. 26, 1938, in Las Cruces to Jose Parra and Andrea Ochoa Ferrales. Joe was a dedicated, loving husband and father, one who would go above and beyond his means, not only for his family but for anyone who befriended him. He was the rock of his family, and the first man in his daughters' lives. He enjoyed taking them fishing, quail hunting, camping and country cruising on Sundays, what he would call "Pa Viejo." He was a hero in the eyes of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and a mentor to the many he encountered. Joe also enjoyed the company of his beloved pets, China and Choco, and looked forward to his morning breakfast dates with his brothers. Joe served with the New Mexico National Guard, 642nd Maintenance Company. He retired as a fireman
after 50 years of service; 20 years with the city of Las Cruces and 30 years with the NASA Fire Department. As a member of Los Indigenes de Nuestra Senora De Guadalupe, he served as president of the corporation and as mayordomo alongside his beloved wife, Connie, on three separate occasions. Joe dedicated 68 years of his life to the Virgin De Guadalupe by faithfully participating in the annual Fiesta Pilgrimage in the Pueblo of Tortugas and also honored his beloved patroness as an Indio and Danzante for 56 years, concluding his lifelong dedication as "Monarca" de Los Danzantes for the remaining 12 years of his life. Those left to mourn his passing include his loving wife of 47 years, Connie Misquez Ferrales of the family home; five daughters, Anita Ferrales and companion Monica Monsivaiz of Las Cruces, Linda Ferrales-Herrera and husband Mike of Dona Ana, Lorraine Ferrales, Dolores Ferrales and companion Diego Medrano and Janet Clark, all also of Las Cruces; four brothers, Ernest O. Ferrales and wife Lupe of Las Cruces, Richard O. Ferrales of Dona Ana, Miguel O. Ferrales and wife Janette of Las Cruces and David C. Ferrales Jr. of Tortugas. Other survivors include two grandsons, Joseph Angel and Xavier Sida, five granddaughters, Amanda and Vanessa Ramirez, Alycia Brunson, Mari Ferrales and Santana Medrano, as well as two great-granddaughters, Jacelynn Carrillo and Aliyana Angel, two uncles as well as numerous aunts, nieces, nephews and godchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Daniel and David Ferrales, two sisters, Anita and Linda Ferrales, uncle Guadalupe "Pino" Ferrales, father-in-law Ernesto Misquez Sr., brother-in-law, Ernesto Misquez Jr. and nephew, Ernesto Misquez III, as well as two uncles, Andres Ochoa and Manuel Ferrales. Visitation will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine and Parish, where recitation of the Holy Rosary is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Family and friends will join together to celebrate the Mass of Resurrection at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, in the same church with the Rev. Vincent Petersen as celebrant. The Rite of Committal and Interment will follow at the Tortugas Cemetery, where he will be laid to rest. Military honors will be accorded by members of the NM National Guard as well as the Las Cruces Fire Department. Serving as casket bearers will be Joseph Angel, Xavier Sida, Mike Herrera, Diego Medrano, David C. Ferrales Jr. and Sal Ferrales Sr. Honorary bearers will be Ernest O. Ferrales, Miguel O. Ferrales, Richard O. Ferrales, Tony Marta, Monica Monsaviaz and the past and present NASA Firefighters and Los Danzantes. Service arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels, 300 E. Boutz Road, Las Cruces. 527-2222 Your exclusive providers for "Veterans and Family Memorial Care." For online condolences logon to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com.