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Madeline Tapia

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MADELINE MARIE TAPIA (80) passed away on June 18th, 2014 Madeline was born in La Cienega, NM and moved to Bernalillo when she was 6 months old. From an early age she was a devoted Catholic, attended the Our Lady of Sorrows School, run by the Sisters of Loretto, graduating in 1953. She was married to her husband Bill for 43 years and raised 5 children in Santa Fe. In her professional career she worked for various departments for the State of NM, retiring from the NM Health and Environment Department. After retirement she and her husband moved to Nevada where they enjoyed being with their grandchildren and lounging around the pool. When her husband Bill passed away, she moved to Rio Rancho where she wrote her book of memoirs, "Growing Up In Bernalillo". In her book she relives stories of celebration, tragedy and daily life. Her book also highlights stories passed on by her ancestors and stories she recalled as a young girl. The book was dedicated to her 5 children, 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Later in her life she married her current husband, Ricardo Gonzales. She appreciated his love and patience listening to all her stories and life's episodes. Madeline was known for her infectious smile, making friends wherever she went and always making those around her feel important and special. She hoped to write a second book about her life as an adult in Santa Fe, but an unexpected illness took her too soon. You are already missed, but we know that your beautiful smile was needed in heaven. We love you mama. God called you to his heavenly home, part of his great plan, although it may be hard, we all must understand. Faith is what is hoped for, things we cannot see, heaven is promised to all of us if only we believe. She was Preceded in death by: her Parents, Antonio and Elisa Griego; Brothers: Johnny, Lionides (Nielo), and Romeo Griego; Great Granddaughter, Eleanor Gonzales. She is survived by her loving husband Richard Gonzales; Children: Yvonne M. Rivera (Gerald), Ralph W. Tapia (Beatrice), Vivian J. Tapia, Marcos A. Tapia, and Michael P. Tapia; Sisters: Evangeline Tapia (Eloy), Erlinda Lovato (Premetivo), Genevieve Sisneros (Tony), Adela Podwora (Bill), and Sandra Martines (Raymond); Sister in Laws: Carmen and Nadine. She is also survived by 17 Grandchildren and 12 Great Grandchildren. A Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at St. Anne's Catholic Church at 6:30 p.m. followed by a Rosary at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, June 27, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow at 3:00 p.m. at The Santa Fe National Cemetery. Pallbearers are Grandsons: Eric, Ralph Jr. Tapia, Elias, Daniel Montano and Reyes Rivera and Nephew: Robert Griego. Honorary Pallbearers: Nephew, Xavier Tapia and Special Friend, Cipriano Tapia. Rivera Family Funerals and Cremations 417 East Rodeo Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87505 Phone: (505) 989-7032 Fax: (505) 820-0435


Published in Santa Fe New Mexican from June 22 to June 23, 2014
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The Rivera Family of Santa Fe Funeral Options
417 E. Rodeo Road Santa Fe, NM 87505
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