Gilbert S. Padilla, 79, passed away at 7:45 a.m. on Tuesday Jan. 30. He passed peacefully at his home in San Miguel, N.M. Gilbert was born in Derry, N.M. and raised in Las Cruces. Sixty years ago, he met and later married his dear wife Emma Torres. Gilbert worked in California as a machinist for much of his career. He later moved back to his hometown of Las Cruces. He was the father of five sons and five daughters: Raymond Padilla, Alvina Williams, Gilbert Padilla Jr., Gary Padilla, Elizabeth Godinez, Prescilla Molitor, David Padilla, Lorraine Mooneyham, Edward Padilla and Christina Padilla. He was also survived by 22 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren. A visitation will be held at Getz Funeral Home from 6-7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 where a prayer vigil will follow at 7 p.m. Funeral services for Gilbert Padilla will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2003, at St. Genevieve's Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery where he will be laid to rest. Arrangements are with Getz Funeral Home, 1410 E. Bowman Ave., Las Cruces, NM 88001. To sign the local online guest book visit www.GetzCares.com.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Feb. 3, 2013