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Ernestina (Lopez) Brusuelas

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Ernestina Lopez Brusuelas, 88, a resident of Rio Rancho, passed away Monday, June 7, 2010.
She is survived by a son, Edward Brusuelas Sr. and his wife, Stella, of Tularosa; four grandchildren, Monica Madrid Romero and her husband, Daniel, Damian Madrid, Edward Brusuelas Jr. and his wife, Kristine, and Maria Brusuelas Mathiesen and her husband, Thomas; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters Esperanza Padilla and Emily Levine; brother Michael Lopez; and numerous nephews.
She was preceded in death by daughter, Marie Madrid. Ernestina was born in Ojo Caliente to Salvador and Josefa Lopez. She was a graduate of Albuquerque High School in 1943 and immediately joined the U.S. Army as one of the first Hispanic women to serve during World War II.
She was an active member of the secular Franciscan Order of the Catholic Church and she volunteered for St. Vincent de Paul at Sacred Heart Church in the Barelas neighborhood. Ernestina retired from civil service with the U.S. Navy after 35 years.
The rosary will be recited at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 13, 2010, at French-Westside Chapel. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Monday, June 14, 2010, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 301 Camino del Pueblo, in Bernalillo, with Father Stephen Imbarato, celebrant.
Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery at 1 p.m. Friends may visit French-Westside Chapel on Sunday, June 13, 2010, one hour prior to the rosary.
Should friends desire, make donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, c/o Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 301 Camino del Pueblo, Bernalillo, NM 87004.
Please visit our online guest book for Ernestina at www.remembertheirstory.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from June 9 to July 9, 2010
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