Joseph Tondre

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Tondre, Joseph F. Jr.


Joseph F. Tondre Jr., age 92, passed away on March 24, 2017, in Pismo Beach, California. He was born in Los Lunas, NM, to Joseph F. Tondre and Ruth Powers Tondre. Joe known as "Bipsy" in the family, grew up in Los Lunas with four young sisters. His UNM education was interrupted by a two and a half year stint in the Army. In the final months of WWII, he received four overseas medals while serving with General George Patton's Third Army in France and Germany. In 1982, he self- published a book titled, "Letters Home." The book chronicled his time in the Army from basic training to discharge through the letters he had written to his mother. After the war, Joe graduated from UNM and then moved to California. He began working in the produce business, ultimately spending most of his career as the manager of Phelan and Taylor. He resided in Pismo Beach and was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church. He was an usher, a volunteer in the church rectory and a member of the Knights of Columbus. Joe loved to travel and kept in close contact with family in California and New Mexico. He visited often with his parents, his four sisters, cousins, the Davila's, Gallegos's, Alarid's and Powers.

Joe is preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Anne Williams and Ruth Broussard. He is survived by his sisters, Katy Lang and Patsy Patterson; brothers-in-law, Doug Peterson and James Williams; eleven nephews and four nieces.

A Funeral Mass was held in California. A visitation will be held at San Clemente Catholic Church in Los Lunas on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at the Campo Santo in Los Lentes next to his parents in the family plot.

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Romero Funeral Home

609 N. Main St. Belen, NM

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Published in Albuquerque Journal on Apr. 30, 2017