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Gloria Emiliana (Bachicha) Ortega

1938 - 2010 Obituary Condolences
Gloria Emiliana (Bachicha) Ortega Obituary
The Mass of the Resurrection for Gloria Emiliana Bachicha Ortega, 71, of Portales will be at 2:00 PM, Thursday, June 3, 2010, at St. Helen Catholic Church with Fr. James McGowan as celebrant, assisted by Fr. Miguel Briseño and Fr. Sotelo Sena. Burial will follow in the Portales Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Victor Lopez, Eric Ortega, Abran Briseño, Gabriel Ortega, David Briseño, Augustín Briseño and Sebastian Ortega. Honorary pallbearers are her friends, colleagues and the many children whose lives she touched during her years as a Head Start educator. The Rosary will be recited at 7:30 PM, Wednesday, May 2, 2010, at St. Helen Catholic Church.
Our beloved Mother/Sister was born on May 24, 1938, in Encino, NM to Alfredo and Maria T. Bachicha. She went home to the Lord on May 30, 2010. She was raised in Encino and graduated from Encino High School.
She married Abran Ortega on June 8, 1957, and they moved to Portales where they lived and raised four children, Joseph, Margaret, Manny and Denise. She became a Head Start Teacher in the 60's, and worked as an educator for 41 years. During her years of service, she impacted the lives of several generations of children in the Head Start Program. Committed to education, she graduated with an Associate's Degree from Clovis Community College at the age of 65. She was very passionate about her Portales community and was a member of several organizations.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Abran, her brothers, James and Richard Bachicha and sisters, Josie Gallegos and Connie Sisneros. She is survived by two brothers, Alfredo Bachicha of Portales and Tommy Bachicha of Albuquerque, three sisters, Margie Ortega and Terry Luna of Albuquerque and Maria (John) Zumbrun of Los Angeles, CA, her children, Joseph Ortega of Portales, Margaret (David) Briseño of Clovis, Manny (Matilda) Ortega of Hobbs, and Denise (Victor) Lopez of Portales. She had 11 adoring grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are under the direction of Wheeler Mortuary of Portales. 575-356-4455
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