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It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved father, grandfather, uncle and friend, Santiago E. Burciaga Jr., age 84, of Anthony. Santiago went home to be with our Lord and Savior on Thursday, May 22, 2014, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born on January 24, 1930, in La Union, NM, to Santiago Sr. and Anastacia E. Burciaga. "Mr. B", as he was fondly known, retired from the Gadsden Independent School District (GISD) in 1992 where he was the head custodian at La Union Elementary for 27 years. In 1982 he was named the GISD Employee of the Year, an award he cherished very much and always credited the wonderful teachers, students, parents, administrators and his family for helping him earn such honors. Mr. B always had a story to tell about the many friends, family and colleagues he shared life with. Those left to mourn his passing include two sons, Santiago "Jimmy" Burciaga and wife, Maria Luz of Anthony and Rudy Burciaga and wife, Dora of Mesquite; three daughters, Sophia Nuñez and husband, Arturo of Anthony, Patsy Socorro Padilla and husband, Israel of Santa Teresa and Rosa Murillo and husband, Rogelio of Vinton, TX. Other survivors include 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Socorro M. Burciaga, who he lovingly referred to as his "Corazon de Melón", father, Santiago Burciaga, Sr., mother, Anastacia E. Burciaga, his brother, Andres Burciaga, Sr. and granddaughter, Marisela Murillo-Hernandez. Visitation for Mr. Burciaga will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2014, in St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 224 Lincoln Street, in Anthony where the prayer vigil is scheduled for 7 p.m. Family and friends will join together to celebrate the holy Mass of Resurrection at 10 a.m. Friday, May 30, 2014, in the same church with the Reverend Enrique Lopez-Escalera, celebrant. The rite of committal and interment will follow in the Anthony Catholic Cemetery where he will be lay to rest alongside his loving wife. Serving as casket bearers will be Israel Padilla, Armando R. Burciaga, Arturo Nuñez Sr., Nikki B. Enriquez, Arturo Nuñez Jr. and Bryan Santiago G. Burciaga. The Burciaga Family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels, 300 E. Boutz Road, Las Cruces, NM 527-2222. For online condolences logon to
Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on May 28, 2014
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