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Stephen Anthony Ortega

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On Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ called his son Stephen Anthony Ortega to walk with him through the gates of heaven. He was born on May 20, 1986, in Alamogordo to Emma Lisa Ortega. Stephen graduated from Alamogordo High School in 2004. Stephan was an inspiration to all who knew him for the courage and strength he showed while living with his illness. His contagious smile and personality touched and affected every person he ever came in contact with. 
He is survived by his mother, Emma Lisa Ortega; stepfather Ian Ball; his younger brother, Ray Ortega and girlfriend Melissa Parkison; two sisters, Alicia Ortega and Crystal Candelaria; and his nephew Diego Ortega. His grandparents are Andrea Ortega and Pedro Perez, and great-grandmother Emma Najar. His aunts and uncles include Bernadette Monique Aguirre; Joe Ortega and wife, Mandy Ortega; Armando Ortega and wife, Leticia Ortega; Daniel Najar and wife, Angela Najar; Angelina Hernandez; and Augustine Perez, and he had numerous cousins. Pallbearers will be Ray Ortega, Augustine Perez, Freddy Aguirre, Javier Aguirre, Ricky Aguirre, Cruz Candelaria, Joseph Montoya and Matthew Noreiga. Honorary pallbearers will be Moises Aguirre, Roman Montoya, Jose Najar, Jacob Najera and Jeremy Johnson. Rosary service will be at the Immaculate Conception Church on Friday, Nov. 28, 2008, at 9:30 a.m. with Mass to follow at 10 a.m.
The Ortega family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services. 

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Nov. 25 to Dec. 10, 2008
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