Jose Abdon Varoz

The last of the Varoz legacy was called home by our Lord at the age of 92; he passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on July 15, 2013 following a brief illness. Jose was born February 17, 1921 in El Rito, New Mexico.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Eloisa, of 70 years; and his daughter, Loretta; his parents, Belarmino & Reynalda Varoz; his siblings: Benigno (Carolina), Amarante (Magdalena), Aniceto, Larry (Ernestine), Max (Mary), Roman (Bernie) and an infant sister.
He is survived by his seven children: Cynthia (Edward), Philip (Peggy), Gloria (Jack), Martha (Mark), Agnes, Judy (Steve), Joey (Stephanie); eighteen grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. Sisters-in-law: Romie Oselio, Cleo Martinez, Cloide Trujillo; and many nephews, nieces and extended family.
Jose was employed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for 39 years. He began his working life at an early age learning barbering skills at the Northern New Mexico Normal School in El Rito. He continued barbering at the Center Barber Shop in Los Alamos and later the Zia Barber Shop in Santa Fe, owned by his dear friend, the late, Manuel Jaramillo. He also worked at the San Francisco ship yards during World War II.
He had many hobbies which included, hunting, fishing, carpentry, gardening, farming, auto mechanics, retablo carving and wine making. He loved music, especially mariachis and loved to dance.
Some of the highlights of his summers included harvesting choke cherries for his specialty choke cherry wine, gathering the family together for outings, such as picnics in Canjilon, camping and pinon picking. His grandchildren fondly remember the Folger's coffee cans used for gathering pinon. In the winter he delighted his children by pulling their sleds in the snow behind his 1941 Chevy pickup. He loved challenging the neighborhood children at ping pong during the summer evenings on the ping pong table that he personally built for them.
He was a devout Catholic and was very devoted to St. Joseph and the Blessed Mother, an active member of Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic Community, where he served as a Minister of Hospitality. He lived a faithful and devoted life and was a role model for all his family and anyone who knew him. He had a contagious smile, great sense of humor and dichos to share each time he spoke, as these were his lessons in life to his family. One of his favorites was "Que Bendicion de Dios". He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered for his warm heart. His children send him a loving farewell… "Que Vaya Con Dios Papa!"
Please join the family to celebrate his life. A rosary will be recited at 9:30 AM, Friday July 19, 2013 and followed by a funeral Mass at 10:00 AM, at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 4020 Lomas Blvd, NE, Alb, NM. Burial will follow the mass at Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, 924 Menaul Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM. Arrangements by French Funeral Home in Albuquerque, NM.