CORDELIA MARY CATHERINE FERNÁNDEZ SCHAB
1942 - 2021
BORN
1942
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Rogers Mortuary - Las Vegas
600 Reynolds Avenue
Las Vegas, NM
CORDELIA MARY CATHERINE FERNÁNDEZ SCHAB
Cordy Schab, 78, went to Heaven on September 09, 2021. Cordy was born to Juan and Susana Fernández in Cleveland (Encinal), NM on October 6, 1942.
Cordy was the light and life of the party. She touched everyone she encountered in a special and unique way, whether you knew her forever or only met her once. She never lacked in words of wisdom and advice, in laughter, jokes and stories, and most definitely she never lacked in compassion, forgiveness, faith, grace, and love. She could have run for Mayor as there were no strangers in her life.
She was a beautiful and wonderful Daughter, Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Aunty, Cousin, Godmother, and a friend to so many people. Cordy was raised in Cleveland, NM with her nine siblings. She graduated from Mora High School in 1961. Since then she lived the rest of her life in Santa Fe, NM. Her entire career was with the State of New Mexico, retiring as a Procurement Officer from the Tax and Revenue Dept. in 1987. She then volunteered at St. John's Soup Kitchen every Tuesday for the next 6 years and was very active with the Pro-Life Committee. She was longtime Parishioner of St. John's Parish in Santa Fe and of St. Joseph's in Cerrillos, NM.
Cordy married her one and only love, John Joseph Schab, Sr. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis Assisi on April 5, 1975. They had two beautiful children, Francesca Marie and John Joseph, Jr., who were her everything. She dedicated her entire life to her children. She was also blessed with three stepsons, Bradley, Michael (dec.), and Jody. She was exceptionally blessed with 10 grandchildren, Antonio, Shanel, Juliette, Amelia, Madison, Zachariah, Rebecca, Jessica, David, and Ashley. She was met in Heaven by her first and only great-grandson, Jaxon Joseph Sanchez, who had gone before her on July 5, 2019. As a Grandma, there was not one single thing she wouldn't do for her grandkids. She was the grandma who spoiled and loved to infinity and beyond. To her, they were all her perfect little Angels who could do no wrong. To them, she was their Queen and very best friend… their everything. Cordy was the best mom and grandma anyone could ever wish for and we were all lucky and blessed that she was ours. There are no words that can describe the love she had for us, and us for her… only a great legacy that will live in each of us forever and ever.
Cordy's absolute enjoyment throughout her entire life was to fish, camp, and just be outdoors. She out-fished everyone, every single time. It was actually a challenge for to do so… always trying to hook the "Great Mahi-Mahi". She only liked to river fish, no lakes that was too boring for her. She fished every chance she got, up until her final days. She loved to sit at the river, camp site, or outside patio table, with a cold beer or a "little glass" of wine, where she thoroughly enjoyed to tell you stories of the past, all mostly of Mora and her life there. She told the best jokes, always making people laugh.
Cordy wasn't just a fisher of fish, but also a fisher of souls. So many people came to believe in our Lord because of her leading them to Him and His Word. She taught us to never live in fear, to have hope, faith, and love, to trust in God's plan and to never question it. She said, "When it's my turn, He knows right where I live. It may be tomorrow, it may be ten years from now, but whenever it is I just have to be ready and you cannot question His timing. When He wants me, He will come for me."
She lived a life of service. Her motto was to always help and pray for the poor, the sick, the hungry, and the old. She lived her life in complete devotion and obedience to our Lord, converting to Catholicism on November 25, 1962 and following the Roman Catholic doctrine to the tee. She loved unconditionally, she taught all to love the Lord, to pray, and to be humble and kind, living a very modest and humble life. She always said, "This is my temporary home". Some of her last words were, "I'm not afraid. I know exactly where I'm going. I will be with our Lord, my mommy and daddy, my grandparents. I'll get to hold Jaxon on my lap, and I'll get to see my brother, my nephews and my niece again". She smiled and said, "I'm ready. Please don't be afraid or sad, don't cry, just be happy for me and remember everything I taught you. All I want for everyone is to love each other, just love, love, love."
Cordy went to Heaven listening to "When I Get to Where I'm Going" by Brad Paisley, with her children at her side, holding her hands. This song is exactly how she felt and how she wants all of us to remember her. If you're missing her and are feeling sad, please listen to this and think of her with every single word "Don't cry for me down here."
Her favorite saying was. "Here today, gone to Mora."
Flowers are welcome or in lieu of, please make donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Juan Remijio Fernandez and Inez Susana Bernal Fernandez, brother Johnny Fernandez, great-grandson Jaxon Joseph Sanchez, stepson Michael J. Schab, nephews Joshua Paul Garcia, John David Lee, Gabriel Gallegos Sr., and niece Crystal Rose Romero.
She is survived by the father of her children, John J. Schab, Sr.; children, Francesca Fernandez Vigil (Barry), John Schab, Jr. (Tracy Larsen the mother of his children), Brad and Jody Schab; grandchildren, Antonio Sanchez, Shanel Herrera, Juliette Vigil, Amelia Schab, Madison Schab, Zachariah Schab, Rebecca Schab, Jessica Martinovic, David Jachim, Ashley Rhoades; great-grandchildren, Violeta and Emilia Martinovic; siblings, Beatrice Yanni (Frank), Feliciana Villalpando, Flaminia Gardiner (Ron), Moraima Romero (Henry Valdez), Lila Rivera (Fabian), Soylo Fernandez, Glena Sanchez, Susie Garcia (Paul); best friends, Margaret Rodriguez, Sheila Baca, and Marcella Branch, Numerous and loved nephews, nieces, cousins and friends
Rosary Service will be held Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Mora, NM. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Gertrude Catholic Church in Mora, NM. Interment will follow at San Antonio Cemetery in Cleveland, NM with Pallbearers: Antonio Sanchez and Zachariah Schab. Honorary Pallbearers: Philip Fernandez, John Fernandez, Manuel Fernandez, Wayne Lucero, Robert Romero, Jared Garcia, Robert Lee and Alex Dowd.
Arrangements are entrusted to and under the care of Rogers Mortuary 600 Reynolds Ave Las Vegas, NM 87701 505-425-3511 or 1-800-479-3511. Please visit the online website rogersmortuarynm.com to sign the online register book.


Published by Santa Fe New Mexican from Oct. 1 to Oct. 3, 2021.
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St. Gertrude Catholic Church
Mora, NM
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St. Gertrude Catholic Church
Mora, NM
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The Perea Family
October 6, 2021
Schab Family, WE are so "sorry" about your Mom, Grandma Cordella was your rock the center of your family ,, Mama... The photo you choose is a perfect example of how this beautiful lady lived her life. She was always positive and caring and funny in all she did in live. She will no doubt will be missed by you, all who knew her.. Cordella ,,,however she love God and she is very happy in his arms. She would want us all to follow her example of that love.. And if we loved her in anyway.. we should. May God bless all Cordella's family, may God also give you all strength and faith everyday and years forward to learn to love God like she did... you all are in our hearts and prayers just know we are here for you if you need anything.
The Perea Family
Friend
October 4, 2021
What a terrific obituary. I'm not sure where we got to know Cordie but it has been a long time. My mom Jean Mee was the Precinct Judge in Cerrillos for more than 25 years and I'm sure that that is where she got to know her. Once she agreed to feed the cows when my parents were on vacation, and then that led to Cordie dog sitting for my Cousin Caroline Krahe Norris. Lot's of times we would see Frankie, or young John and later Antonio. In the meantime, John Schab was a business partner of my father-in-law Arthur Montoya from Agua Fria Village and Abram Padilla. I think they did a lot of remodeling jobs, plastering, and worked on the set of the 1982 Lone Ranger. I think Cordie even made a lot of "pool parties" at the Ranch. Anyway RIP, you did a lot of good in the world.
William & Lois Mee
October 4, 2021
My sincere condolences and love to you all! I was blessed to sit and talk to your beautiful Cordy at your get togethers! She was the sweetest lady, I loved hearing her stories but especially listening to and grateful for the advice she´d give you. Cordy was like my momma- truly an angel here on earth and it was a privilege to know this beautiful soul! May she rest in heavenly peace!
Lisa lujan
Friend
October 3, 2021
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