JOE VELA APRIL 26, 1939 - SEPTEMBER 16, 2013 It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Joe Vela our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM. In the late 1950's he found work as a uranium miner in Grants, NM where he worked for 25 years. During the early years of his adult life he began his marriage to his wife Susie and together they raised their three children. Moving back to his hometown, Joe took on a second career with the Santa Fe Postal Service, retiring after 10 years of service. In the early 1980's he began his hobby of carpentry. He became a well-known furniture and cabinet maker. He will always be remembered as a hardworking man with a witty personality, a poker face and a friendly smile. Joe is preceded in death by his parents Jesus and Aurelia Dominquez Vela; sisters, Connie, Theresa and Tina; his cousins MaryAnn and Albert. He is survived by his loving wife Susie of 54 years; his children Diana Vela(Richard), Jolene Flores(Mel) and Joe Vela Jr. His grandchildren Christy, Joel(Janelle), Daniel and Joseph. Great grandchildren Alex, James Estevan, Kane and Santos. His siblings Gilbert, Rudy, Alicia, Yolanda and numerous other relatives. A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 19, 2013 from 6 to 7pm at McGee Memorial Chapel, where a rosary to be recited at 7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, September 20, 2013 at St. Anne Catholic Church at 1:00pm followed by burial at Rosario Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Joel Flores, Daniel Vela, Richard Ulibarri, Bobby Garcia, Leroy Chavez, and Paul Roybal. Special thanks to his home nurses, Loretta Rodriquez and Walt Fredricks for their care and kindness to Joe. Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505)984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at:

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Berardinelli Family Funeral Service
1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 984-8600
Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900