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Jose Cruz Puentes, 88, completed his mission here on earth and went to meet our savior on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at La Posada Mesilla Valley Hospice. He was surrounded by family and friends in his last moments here on earth. Cruzito, as he was known to many, was born on May 3, 1924 to Juan and Eusebia Puentes in Clint, Texas. He met the love of his life, Mague, in 1945 during a bus trip to work. The gentleman that he was, he offered his seat to this beautiful woman wearing a blue dress. This vision of her wearing that blue dress remained in his memory for the rest of his life. After numerous encounters on their bus trips, he knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her and proposed. She did not accept at the time because she was working to help her family due to her father's illness. Cruzito moved away in search of work with the mutual understanding that they would eventually reunite. They lost touch for several years, but God brought them together once again. This time she accepted his hand in marriage. Cruzito knew Mague's family needed help, and once married, they continued to provide for her family, now his family as well, with the same support she had given them. They did not see Cruzito as a brother-in-law, but as a brother and that beautiful relationship never ceased. He showed his endless love for Mague in numerous ways. If she wanted a garden bed, he would provide it; if she wanted a shelf, he would build it. Basically, anything she wanted, he would provide. His love for her couldn't have been proven more than when he was her caregiver throughout her many years of illness. This included being at her side around the clock for the last month she was cared for at La Posada Mesilla Valley Hospice. He was the perfect example of what a husband should be; a role model for his sons to follow. Their marriage came to last 56 years until the time of her passing in 2009. There was nothing Cruzito didn't do. He enjoyed cooking and everything he cooked was from scratch. His specialties included menudo, chiles rellenos, flour tortillas and sopapillas for family and friends; and took pride in making pancakes for his granddaughters. He made many sacrifices for his family, one in particular when he left secure employment at Stahmann Farms and used much of their savings to purchase a home in Las Cruces. He wanted to provide a home of their own for his family. He made many financial sacrifices to provide his sons with the opportunity he never had to obtain an education. Cruzito worked many years at Stahmann Farms, Masonic Cemetery, and Las Cruces Sun-News. Survivors include his five sons (spouses) – Luis Puentes, Jose Cruz, Jr. (Susan), Mario (Caroline), Ramiro (Tencha) and Fernando (Armida), all of Las Cruces. Other survivors include five grandchildren – Louie, Rosalinda, Isaac, Victoria, and Gabriela, and numerous great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his loving wife Mague, parents Juan and Eusebia, and brothers Eusebio and David. After his wife's passing, Cruzito began a new chapter in his life. He started taking English classes at Doña Ana Community College where he was encouraged to attend Munson Senior Center. He developed many special friendships at the center. Such friends include Alfonso "Poncho", Jesus, Bernardino, Clemente, Jimmy, Teresita, Eulalia and many more his family did not have the privilege of meeting. Thank you for sharing with us the personal experiences you had with our dad. This gave us great comfort in knowing how much he was cared for. A huge thank you for making his life that much more special. In his words, "my friends give me another reason to get up in the morning." A special thank you also goes out to the staff at La Posada Mesilla Valley Hospice for taking excellent care of our father, treating him and us with respect and dignity. Visitation for Cruzito will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 15, 2012 at Baca's Chapel of Prayer, 300 E. Boutz Road, where the prayer vigil is scheduled at 6 p.m. Family and friends will join together to celebrate the funeral mass Monday, July 16, 2012 at 10 a.m. at St. Genevieve's Catholic Church, 100 S. Espina, with Rev. Juan Moreno, celebrant. The rite of committal and interment will follow at Masonic Cemetery, 760 S. Compress Road where he will be laid to rest next to his wife. Serving as casket bearers will be his sons, Mario, Ramiro, Fernando, Jose Cruz, Luis and Louie Puentes. The Puentes family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels of Las Cruces. 527-2222. For online condolence logon to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com.
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on July 13, 2012
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