Antonio O. Ortega, 82 ,of Las Cruces, NM passed away on May 7, 2012. He was born on July 21, 1929 in Huanuasco, Zacatecas Mexico to Eugenio Ortega and Julianna Orozco. Antonio's hobbies included working on pecan trees, hunting, playing dominoes and poker and having BBQ's with his girls. Antonio is survived by his 3 most precious jewels Jovanni Ortega, Elizabeth Ortega, and Julianna Ortega. His children Patricia Ortega, Roberto (Maria) Ortega, Alicia (Don) Lone, Joe (Debra) Ortega, Tony Jr. Ortega, Rosemary Ortega, and Selina Ortega. Brother Reynaldo (Angela) Ortega, and a sister Elodia (Ediberto) Viramontes. He is also survived by his grandchildren Amber Rose, Carlitos, Davinna and Stephanie Ortega, and Nicholas and Gabriel Cabrera. Antonio is also survived by many numerous grandkids, great grand kids, and many friends. He is preceded in death by a daughter Estella Ortega Castillo and wife Rosenda Z. Ortega. A prayer vigil for Antonio will be held on Monday, May 14, 2012 at La Paz-Graham's Funeral Home Chapel 555 W. Amador Ave. to begin at 7:00pm. Funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, May 15 at The San Albino Bascilica, in Mesilla, NM to begin at 10am. Cremation will follow the services. Serving as pallbearers will be Joe Ortega, Robert Ortega, Selina Ortega, Tony Jr. Ortega, Nickolas Cabrera, and Gabe Cabrera. Honoray pallbearers will be Joe Ortega, Robert Ortega, Linda Ortega, Eugene Ortega, Daniel Martinez Jr., and Alice Duran. Memorial contributions can be made out in Antonio's name to The
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on May 13, 2012