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Alejandro, Carol (In Memoriam)  
CAROL ALEJANDRO Memorial Mass will be held at St. Anne Parish; 511 Alicia St., Santa Fe, NM 87501 on Tuesday, March 24 at 1:30 p.m. Reception to follow.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Mar. 24, 2015
Bacigalupa, Andrea  
ANDREA (DREW) BACIGALUPA Longtime Santa Fe artist/writer Andrea (Drew) Bacigalupa died March 22, 2015, age 91. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, May 26, 1923. He is perhaps best-known in Santa Fe for his prize-winning bronze St Francis and the Prairie Dog which fronts City Hall, and for his weekly Sunday column Coffeebreak Journal, The Santa Fe New Mexican in the 1970's. In 2008, Mr. Bacigalupa was named a Santa Fe Living Treasure. A veteran of World War II, Bacigalupa served as sergeant with the 357th Anti-Aircraft Searchlight Battalion in England, France, Belgium and Germany in the Battle of the Bulge, the Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns. After the war, he studied art and writing at Biarritz American University, Maryland Institute of Fine Arts, the Art Students League, Alfred University, Hatch End Catholic Radio and TV Centre in England, and L'Accademia di Belli Art in Italy. Mr. Bacigalupa married Ellen Williams in New York City in 1952 and the couple moved to Santa Fe in 1954. Two years later, the couple purchased and renovated an old adobe to found The Studio of Gian Andrea on Canyon Road, where he worked as a writer, ceramicist, painter, and sculptor. He also worked as an illustrator for the New Mexico State Engineer's Office for 25 years. Mr. Bacigalupa is survived by his wife Ellen Williams Bacigalupa; his sister Louise Zablocki; five children Gian Bacigalupa, Pier (Mongel) Bacigalupa, Ruan (Camille) Bacigalupa, Chiara (Shelly) Bacigalupa, and Ria (Stephen) Bacigalupa; six grandchildren Angelina (Omar) Villase¤or, Gianna Albaum, Angela Bacigalupa, Antonia Bacigalupa Albaum, Melissa Bacigalupa, and Makenna Beall; and one great-grandchild, Marcello Villase¤or. Memorial service will take place on Monday, March 30 at 2:00 pm at St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 1601 South Saint Francis Dr. Santa Fe, NM 87505. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Honor Flight of Northern New Mexico, http://www.honorflightnorthernnm.org or 100 Sun Ave. NE, Suite 650, Albuquerque, NM, 87109. Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at: www.berardinellifuneralhome.com
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Mar. 27, 2015
Blood, Phillip E.  
PHILLIP E BLOOD Phillip E Blood of Ohkay Owingeh passed away march 1, 2015. He was born in Pepperell Ma. on 5/24/1929. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 55 years Joan W Blood "JB". He is survived by his son Kevin McKenna, his daughter Maureen Kopacz, his grandchildren; Ethan Kopacz, Sara Kopacz and Amanda Peer, and his sister Natalie Pillsbury. Phil and JB relocated to Ohkay Owingeh 40 years ago. They made many lifelong friends locally as well as from among the many quests at their bed and breakfast which they named Chinguague Compound and operated during the 80's and 90's. Family and friends gathered in memory of Phil and in celebration of his life on 3/15/2015.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Mar. 27, 2015
Cruz, Paul P.  
PAUL P. CRUZ Our beloved Paul P. Cruz, 66, passed away peacefully in Las Vegas, New Mexico on February 10, 2015. He attended Robertson High School graduating in 1966. He enlisted in the United States Navy serving two tours of duty in Vietnam stationed aboard the Naval Destroyer USS Joseph Strauss. Following his naval discharge, he attended New Mexico Highlands University earning a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science Degree in Psychology. He also pursued Doctoral Studies in Child Psychology at the University of New Mexico. Paul's intellectual ability enabled him to become a self taught tradesman in many crafts from jewelry making to carpentry. He enjoyed everything outdoors, from skiing and hiking to fishing and sailing, and was happiest enjoying mother nature with his children. He loved making people laugh and couldn't resist telling jokes in order to do so. Paul was very proud of his children and always found a reason to discuss their many accomplishments to show these feelings. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, J.P. Cruz, Susie Cruz, brothers David Cruz, Samuel Cruz, and niece Patricia Cruz. He is survived by his three children, Javier Cruz, Melbourne, Australia, Anika Buckley and husband Patrick Buckley, San Francisco, California, Jonah Cruz, Albuquerque, New Mexico; and granddaughter Fiona Aurora Buckley; he is survived by his Sisters Alice Gallegos and husband edward Gallegos, Stella Tapia and husband Danny Tapia, half-brother Erminio Cruz, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Rite of Committal will be held at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, NM, April 7, 2015, at 11:15 a.m.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Apr. 3, 2015
De Vargas, Faustino Herrera "(Tino)"  
FAUSTINO (TINO) HERRERA DE VARGAS 11/22/1934 - 3/13/2015 Faustino Herrera De Vargas passed away peacefully at home with his family. He lived 80 wonderful years before being overcome with stomach cancer. Tino was the quintessential northern New Mexican-hardworking, passionate, creative, proud and loyal. He was the second eldest of eight children raised in Canon de Vallecitos, in northern New Mexico. A miner, a marine, a carpenter, a barber, and finally, an artist-he never shied away from learning new skills. Many in Santa Fe and northern New Mexico will miss his witty laugh and positive outlook on life. Tino was a free spirit. He could be found at many local establishments, sharing a cup of coffee or a meal with his friends and new acquaintances. Tino was a master hair stylist with over 50 years of experience. Being in Santa Fe since 1968 made him a fixture around town. Time spent with Faustino in his styling chair was like a therapy session on life. Nearing the age of 60, he set out to capture the historical churches of New Mexico as a way to memorialize special places that represent "home" to so many locals. As a self-taught painter, he went on to portray more than 700 churches in almost 25 years, resulting in a rich collection of paintings that capture the heart and soul of the Hispanic New Mexican experience. He called his art "going back home," so that people could reminisce about their hometowns and families. Always ready with a story and generous to a fault, he was an unheralded New Mexico treasure whose love of northern New Mexico was exemplified in bright colors and loving paint strokes. Memorial services will be held on March 27th, 10:30 am at the Church of Jesus Christ LDS, 410 Rodeo Rd, Santa Fe and March 28th, 10:30 am at Church of Jesus Christ LDS, 1101 Fairview Ln, Espanola, NM. In lieu of flowers, donations will be greatly appreciated to help with Faustino's medical and funeral expenses . An account currently exists at Del Norte Credit Union under Faustino Herrera for donations.
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Mar. 22, 2015
Dean, Johnny P. (In Memoriam)  
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! JOHNNY P. DEAN (BOY) MARCH 26,1949 - JUNE 18,2012 You were taken too soon, But we know that you were needed in Heaven. Not a day goes by when we don't miss you and all your crazy jokes, card tricks and singing. We know you are watching over us from your place in Heaven. Happy Birthday Dad! We love You! The Dean Family
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Mar. 26, 2015
DeFazio, Father Vincent G.  
DEFAZIO, VINCENT FATHER Father Vincent G. DeFazio went to be with the Lord, Sunday, March 22, 2015, while surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Staten Island, NY on June 17, 1937. Vincent was a retired Vietnam Veteran who ranked in many different branches of the military, including his highest rank as a Colonel in the United States Navy. During his years as a Captain in the United States Army he adopted his two sons from South Korea. After retiring as a registered nurse and spending 12 years in the Public Health Service, Vincent became an ordained Roman Catholic Priest. He was a member of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and served his time at many different Churches throughout New Mexico. He received his BS in Nursing, BA in Philosophy, MA in Counseling Services, a MAPM in Hispanic Ministry, and his MA in Divinity from St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, CO. Vincent will be remembered for his kind compassion and his witty sense of humor. He was a person of great knowledge and was an avid collector of coins, stamps, and gem stones. In the last years of his life he enjoyed traveling, cooking, and spending time with his little dog, Lily. He was preceded in death by his oldest son, Gerald. Vincent is survived by his son, Vince and his wife Debbie; his loving grandchildren, Kimberly and Dustin; and his great-grandchild, Bailey Lou. Also surviving are his two younger brothers, Sammy and John. Visitation will be Wednesday March 25, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Risen Savior Catholic Church, 7701 Wyoming Blvd., NE, where a Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10:00 a.m. also at the Church. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Those who wish to sign Vincent's online guest book, may visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services ALAMEDA MORTUARY 9420 Fourth St. NW Albuquerque, NM 87114 (505) 898-3160
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Mar. 25, 2015
Delamater, Mila  
MILA DELAMATER 1912~2014 My sweet momma died last March 27 at 101½years old. She wasn't sick. She wasn't taking meds. She was tired. Here are some of the stories she told me a few years back. "I've had lots of names. I was born Milerva. When no one in school could say that I became Mildred, and then when I got older, Mila. Mila means "dear" or "kind" in Serbian. "My mom owned a corner grocery store in a tough neighborhood of Gary, Indiana. We sold everything; vegetables, turpentine, my Mom's home made sausage and even bathtub gin. Even when I was a little girl I worked there. Sometimes a man would come in and order a cup of coal oil from the basement and then steal a cigarette when I went down to get the oil. A lot went out the door for free. Not my mom's idea for sure. "My first real job was in the Gary steel mills. I was a message runner from the main office to the different shop floors. I dressed nice and must have been cute because one time as I passed by I heard, 'Look at that! All that meat and no potatoes.' "When I was seventeen things went bad for Mom. The man from the orphanage said they were going to take my little brother Paul. The next day I left Gary and Mom and took Paul to California. It was not an easy trip. We only had a little money. Can you imagine a seventeen year old girl and her little brother hitch hiking across the country today? We slept under bridges and people gave us food. We made it to Los Angeles. Paul went to school, and I went to work for Hain health foods. The Hains were a second family to me. They sent me to Hawaii to demonstrate their products in stores. I loved it! This was before WWII. I was always a good girl. Sailors wanted a girl to talk to and buy dinner for. Of course I liked that. I even ate on the USS Arizona. I know the boy who took me to dinner was lost at Pearl Harbor. "I love to dance. That's how I met Byron. He was so handsome in his uniform. We met at the Biltmore Hotel in Beverly Hills at a tea dance. I was hooked. Here's what I told him the first time I met him,'I've been told if you want to scare a man away, tell him you are going to marry him. So you better start running.'He didn't, and we were married for 50 years. "I've had a great life and been very lucky. Now I'm old and still lucky."
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Mar. 27, 2015
Gallegos, Miguel C.  
MIGUEL C. GALLEGOS The Family of Miguel C. Gallegos would like to express our sincere gratitude to those that have supported us during this most difficult time and to those that supported and loved Miguel during his 32 years with us on earth. The outpouring of love and kindness with donations, flowers, cards, food, and time have been more than thoughtful. Thanks to Father Adam and staff, Cristo Rey, St. Francis, musicians for the beautiful funeral mass, the Penitentes de la Cofradia de Jesus Nazare¤o, SCAS family, Berardinelli Family Funeral Service, and all family and friends. We are forever grateful. A 30 day mass will be offered at St. Francis Cathedral at 5:15 PM on 21 April, 2015. Love, Rudy, Theresa, Roberto, & Felicia Gallegos, Lindsay Salazar, and the Gallegos & Bustos Families Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at: www.berardinellifuneralhome.com
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Mar. 29, 2015
GONZÁLES, GEORGE ABRÁN  
GEORGE ABRÁN GONZÁLES JANUARY 5, 1938 - MARCH 24, 2015 Former Santa Fe Mayor George Abran Gonzales, 77, was called home on March 24, 2015 after living an amazing life of service to his God, family and community. He was born in the City of Holy Faith, on January 5, 1938 in the Agua Fria neighborhood. At an early age, he showed true leadership skills and public speaking ability when he served as Senior Class President and earned the highest award at the State Spanish Elocution Competition. During this time, he was also being recognized for his talent in voice and music. George attended the College of Santa Fe, served in the Army National Guard, and then married his beautiful wife of 58 years, Celine Vigil. George was a pioneer of Spanish language radio in New Mexico. His professional broadcast career began in 1955 at Radio Station KTRC and lasted 60 years. His love for community, his desire to help others, and his belief that "Su Voto Es Su Voz" led him into a career in politics. He was elected and served two terms as Santa Fe County Commissioner, during which time an indigent fund was created to help those in tremendous need. At age 30, he was elected to serve as Mayor of the City of Santa Fe from 1968-1972- the youngest Mayor in the history of Santa Fe. George never lost his passion for Broadcasting and his desire to help his community, in 1991 he created his family-owned radio station KSWV-AM 810 "Que Suave" Radio. George is preceded in death by his beloved son, George "Anthony" Gonzales, parents, Porfiria and Alenjandro, and brothers, "Lupe" Delfino and Belarmino "Blackie" Gonzales. He is survived by his loving wife, Celine, his devoted sons, Patrick wife Karmella; Javier; Estevan wife Adi-Risa; and his brother Jose wife Mary Gonzales. George was also a dedicated Grandfather to eleven grandchildren: Anthony "Bubba", Joshua, Gianna, Miriah, Rico, Cisco, Cameron, Cadence, Adaiah, Asher, and Amarisa. He was also a dedicated father figure to Olivia Bacon and Georgia Gutierrez and a faithful brother-in-law to Tina, Scorrco, Art, John, and Johnny. The family is grateful for all the support and prayers. In lieu of flowers, the familiy requests donations be made to "Baby Abner Fund" at Guadalupe Credit Union in Santa Fe. Visitation will begin at 6pm and a rosary will be recited at 7pm on Thursday, March 26, at Cristo Rey Church. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis. Interment will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be: Joshua, Rico, Cisco, Marco and Teddy Gonzales and Danny Marmion. Honorary pallbearers will be: Adaiah Gonzales, Asher Gonzales, Anthony Gonzales, III, Art Michael and the Caballeros de Devargas. Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at: www.berardinellifuneralhome.com
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Mar. 26, 2015
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