Mary Louise Wildenstein Abreu (1934 - 2018)

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Mary Louise Wildenstein Abreu, 83, was received into the arms of the Lord on Monday, March 5, 2018, surrounded by members of her loving family.
She was born on June 7, 1934, to Charles "Charlie" Wildenstein and Juanita "Jane" Ortega in Las Vegas, N.M. She was the oldest daughter of four children.
She was predeceased by her parents, husband Ernie, nephew Kelly, Aunt Antonia, "Toni" Ortega Sedillo, maternal grandparents Victoriano Ortega and Valeria Gonzales and paternal grandparents Ymeteria Yara and Rudolpho "El Duche" Wildenstein and brother Cipriano "Nano" Wildenstein.
Survivors include her brother Rudy (Irene) Wildenstein of Santa Fe and their children Kevin and Debbie, and sister Frances Neatherlin (John) of Carlsbad, N.M., and their children, Frances Lyn and Sheila.
Other survivors include her children, Jim Abreu (Pam) and their children, Adrian and Erin, all of Las Vegas; Ernest Charles Abreu of Las Vegas and his children, Beau and Patricia; Bob Abreu (Sylvia) of Rio Rancho, their children, Allen and Adam and Bob's daughter, Carollee; Don Abreu (Ida) of Las Vegas and their children, Donna, Louana, Dana and D.J.; John Abreu of Las Vegas and his daughters, Andrea and Nicole; Rick Abreu (Denise) of Las Vegas and their children, Ryan, Melissa, Justin, Nathan, and Dalan; Loretta Abreu of Las Vegas and her two daughters, Stephanie and Michelle; Michael Abreu (Michelle) of Alexandria, Va. and 21 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and three nieces and two nephews.
Mary Louise worked in the Jayval Parachute Factory in her younger years and operated a grocery store in Mora, N.M. in her later years. In between, she was the consummate homemaker as she raised eight children in Las Vegas, Mora and Santa Fe, N.M.
She grew up on Valley Street in Las Vegas and went to school in West Las Vegas at South Public Elementary School.
When West Las Vegas High School opened in 1947, only boys were allowed into the school. Girls were allowed to enroll in the second year in 1948, and Mary Louise entered high school that year.
She became a young bride, was married at the age of 17, and had her oldest son at that age. She did not finish high school then, but went back and proudly got her GED a few years later.
She was quite religious and served happily with the Catholic Daughters. She worked for the priests at Our Lady of Sorrows Church for many years and was responsible for caring for their vestments, cleaning altar cloths, readying the church for services and many other important and holy tasks.
She never lost her faith, prayed every day, and kept a watchful and loving eye on her children, grandchildren and all members of her family. She was well-known for her baking and cooking skills, her firm insistence on having a clean house, her welcoming demeanor, and for hosting her wonderful family barbecues in her spacious back yard and beloved gazebo.
Her holiday feasts were always the highlight of the year for her large and appreciative family members. They all loved her and she returned their love many times over.
Her Holy Rosary and funeral mass will take place on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at 1:00 pm at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Las Vegas. Her ashes will be interred at the Abreu Family Cemetery next to her husband, Ernie, in Rayado, N.M. (near Cimarron) at a later date.
Rogers Mortuary is in charge of funeral arrangements.
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Published in Las Vegas Optic on Mar. 7, 2018