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Henry C. Norris, age 56, died at his Santa Fe home on Friday, November 26, 1999. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Fern Teget Norris. Henry was born in Shenandoah, IA, on January 4, 1943. He married his wife, Caroline, on October 13, 1979. He was retired from the State of New Mexico Highway Department where he was an economist. He was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church and the American Diabetes Association. He also volunteered his time with the Santa Fe Animal Shelter. Henry is survived by his loving wife, Caroline, of Santa Fe; his brother, David Norris and wife Mary Beth of Boise, ID; and sister, Nancy Devonshire of Des Moines, IA. Visitation will begin on Monday, November 29, from 4-8 p.m. at Berardinelli Family Funeral Chapel. Funeral Services will be conducted on Tuesday, November 30, at 11:00 a.m. at Berardinelli Family Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow at Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be directed to the American Diabetes Association, 525 San Pedro NE, Suite 101, Albuquerque, NM 87108-1859.

Arthur Roybal, Sr., died after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease on Wednesday, November 24, 1999. He died peacefully with the hope of resurrection and surrounded by his family. Arthur was born on October 2, 1911. He was preceded in death by sons: Arthur, Larry and Patrick; his parents, Jose A. and Luiza B. Roybal; sisters, Ofilia and Celina; and brother, J.C. Arthur was a wonderful human being to all who knew him, and most especially to his family. He was a patient, kind and caring man who was generous to a fault. He loved being a family man and was a truly devoted husband and father. He will be greatly missed and forever leave a void in our lives; but most importantly, he leaves behind wonderful memories. Arthur was one of only 11 graduates of Santa Cruz High School in 1933. Arthur was one of the early members of the Pojoaque Valley Volunteer Fire Department. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the Army-Air Corp. He was a member of the VFW Post # 2951. He retired from the former Atomic Energy Commission in Los Alamos on June 29, 1972. Arthur is survived by his loving, devoted and caring wife of 52 years, Laura; his children: Walter R. Roybal and wife Rosemary of Albuquerque; Marlene R. Rael and husband Michael of Santa Fe; Mildred Lujan and husband Ted of Pojoaque; Arthur E. Roybal, Jr. and wife Marcia of Colorado Springs; Wanda Roybal of San Diego and Deb Guinn of Santa Fe; grandchildren: Walter Roybal, Jr. and wife Christine; Erik Roybal; Michelle Roybal; Lesley Roybal; Sherrye Lovato; Michael Rael, Jr. and wife Janelle; Tom Rael; Janelle Lujan; Kymberly Ortiz and husband Joseph P. Ortiz, Jr.; Tami, Staci, Melody and Artie Roybal; and Justin Guinn and Jason Guinn; great-granchildren: Nichole and Candace McCloud; Monica, Jessica and Walter Roybal, III; Brandi Herrera; Allison and Alyssa Rael; and Kristin and Ryan Ortiz. Arthur is also survived by brothers: Gus; Tony and wife Delfina; Manuel and wife Dulce; Gilbert and wife Stella; Ray and wife Ruby; Alfonso and wife Agnes and Dennis and wife JoAnn; sisters: Magdalena Roybal; Mary Woodson and husband Wayne; Carmen Montoya and husband Bennie; and sisters-in-law: Elsie Roybal and Emily Ortiz and husband Gilbert. Visitation will begin on Saturday, November 27, at 6:00 p.m. at Berardinelli Family Funeral Chapel where a rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Visitation continues on Sunday, November 27, at 6:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Pojoaque where a rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, November 29, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Pojoaque. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Frances Ortega, age 92, life long resident of Santa Fe, died on Sunday, November 21, 1999. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Elizabeth Randolph Cross Fletcher and by her husband, Marcial Ortega. Mrs. Ortega was born on July 22, 1907 in Santa Fe. She attended Loretto Academy in Santa Fe and later graduated from high school in Joplin, MO. On May 5, 1931 she married at St. Francis Cathedral her husband, Marcial Ortega, who was active in local politics and a member of the Ortega family of Chimayo. She worked in retail sales at the White House, Dendahl's and The Guarantee. She also worked for the Immigration and Naturalization Service at the Internment Camp in Santa Fe during WWII. She was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Parish and the Ladies Altar Society. She was also a longtime member of DAR. Mrs. Ortega is survived by her beloved children, Sister Juanita Ortega of Barquisimeto, Venezuela and Victor R. Ortega of Corrales; three grandchildren: David M. Ortega, John V. Ortega and Anna Marie Ortega; and one great granddaughter, Danielle S. Ortega. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, November 26, at 9:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Rosario Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to Medical Mission Sisters, 8400 Pine Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19111-1398.

Jerry M. Maestas, age 44, of Santa Fe, passed away to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 21, 1999, after a lengthy illness. Jerry was a kind and loving person, who loved to be with his family whenever he had the chance. He tried to live his life to the fullest even through his illness. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bences Maestas, and Emma and Tony Valdez; uncles: Greg Gonzales, Julian and Johnny Maestas; and by close cousins, Lucille Montoya and Antoinette Lopez. Jerry was born December 31, 1954, in Taos, NM. Before his disability Jerry worked for State Corrections, in restaurants and for The New Mexican. He was active in the Spirit Club in Santa Fe. He enjoyed playing guitar when he was younger and in recent years he enjoyed playing pool, karate, chess, and building furniture. When he was a young boy growing up on his grandparent's ranch in Taos, Jerry loved the animals. Jerry is survived by his daughter, Rachael Ann Maestas of Pojoaque; parents, Horace and Alice Valdez of Santa Fe; grandmother, Corrina Maestas of Taos; sisters: Margaret Trujillo and husband Frank of Taos, JoAnn Perea and husband Peter, Theresa Valdez and fiance Louie Young, and Denise Valdez, all of Santa Fe, Becky Martinez and husband Edward of Taos; many aunts and uncles including: Rebecca Romero, Orlando Maestas and wife Amy, Moises Maestas and wife Michelle, Porfie Montoya, Lorraine Smith and husband Harry, Eva Valdez and husband Tony, Gloria Lopez, Olivia Gonzales, Jenny Vigil and husband Herson, Diane Hammer and husband Sam, Cleo Coca and husband Johnny, and Mercy Quintana and husband Robert; nephews: Jay Trujillo, Roberto Perea, Lewis Young, Eduardo Martinez, and Benny Young; nieces: Sonya Perea, Jolyne Valdez, LoriAnn Trujillo, Angelica Salas, and Marisol Martinez; great-nephew, Francisco Trujillo; great-niece, Christine Trujillo; and many more cousins, relatives and friends. Visitation will be conducted on Tuesday, November 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic Community where a rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 24, at 2:00 p.m. at Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic Community. Interment will follow at Memorial Gardens.

Rhonda Mills, 54, passed away in Santa Fe, New Mexico, after a short illness. Rhonda attended Tracy and Manteca schools and was a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley. She was preceded in death by her parents, Irma and Ronald Mills. Her affiliations included the Pastel Society, New Mexico Faceters' Guild, American Society for Microbiology and the University of California Alumni of New Mexico. She is survived by her sister, Barbara Schleiss; niece, Jennifer Medeiros and husband, Anthony; grand-niece, Annaleigh Medeiros; and grand-nephew, Robert Medeiros, all of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Donations may be made to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Children's Art Program, P.O. Box 301435, Texas 77230-1435.

Thomas Steve Dwyer, age 78, of Santa Fe, died at his home on Thursday, November 18, 1999. Thomas was born on August 27, 1921, in Denver, CO, to the late William and Mary Dwyer. He was a veteran of WWII, serving as a Naval Aviator. He attended Regis College where he studied business and also attended University of Colorado. He was a Traffic Engineer Supervisor with the New Mexico State Highway Department from 1953 to 1983. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Thomas loved sports and music. He is survived by his loving wife, Melanie Dwyer of Santa Fe; his beloved children: Melanie Ann Novak and husband Dan of Amarillo, TX, Stephen F. Dwyer, and Brian P. Dwyer and wife Francine, all of Albuquerque. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Kimberly, Jessica and Tyler Novak, all of Amarillo, TX; brother, Bill Dwyer of Denver, CO; and sisters, Catherine Ann Harenberg of Denver, CO, and Mary Therese Dwyer of St. Louis, MO. Funeral mass will be held on Monday, November 22, at 10:30 a.m. at the College of Santa Fe Chapel. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery.

Celine Martinez, a lifetime resident of New Mexico and former employee of the Santa Fe Public School System and the Bureau of Land Management, died Thursday after a decade long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Mrs. Martinez, age 74, is survived by four children: daughters; Vicki Vehar and husband Mike, and Roberta Martinez; sons, E. Anthony Martinez and wife Christy, and David Martinez; five grandchildren: Dustin Casteel, Christa, Rebecca, Andrea and Jake Martinez; three brothers and sisters: Marcella Lucero and husband Don, Marie Marks and husband John, and Robert O. Martinez. She is also survived by a large extended family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Martinez; son ,Richard S. Martinez; her mother and father, former New Mexico State Representative, Manuel Martinez of Santa Rosa and Fidelia C. Martinez of Santa Fe. A visitation will be held on Sunday, November 21, 1999 at 3:00 p.m. at Berardinelli Family Funeral Chapel in Santa Fe with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 22, at St. Francis Cathedral with burial to follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers family requests donations to Alzheimer's Association, New Mexico chapter.

Laura Flores Lucero, died on Wednesday, November 17, 1999, in Santa Fe, NM. She was the Activities Director at Casa Rael. Laura is survived by her daughter, Roberta M. Moreno; granddaughter, Jacqueline Lopez; son-in-law, Andres Lopez; parents, Ignacio and Delia Flores; brothers, Louie Flores, Leonard Flores and wife Carmella, and Lawrence Flores and wife Shirley; sister, Luica Gonzales and husband Rudy; nieces, Melissa Sandoval, Ashley Gonzales, Amanda Flores, Megan Flores, Sara Flores; nephews, Adam Sandoval and David Chavez; and good friend, Robert Moreno. We'll miss you and God bless you. A memorial mass will be celebrated at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 20, 1999, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

Rick P. Armijo, of Santa Fe, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, November 17, 1999. Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, November 19, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis Cathedral.

Maria Antonia (Tonie) Jacobs, loving mother and grandmother, born in Rancho de Taos on August 13, 1933, died on Wednesday, November 17, 1999, following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. She was preceded in death by her great-grandson, Devyn Paul Salazar, one month ago; her husband, Larry Jacobs in March 1993; and her father, Frank Tafoya in December 1991. Tonie was a member of the Sacred Heart Society and San Martin de Porres. She served as an Eucharistic Minister at San Isidro Parish. She also volunteered as a foster grandmother and after 13 years of employment she retired from the Santa Fe Public Schools. She is survived by her children: son, Mark Jacobs and wife Yolanda, daughter, Gloria Olguin and husband Ramon, son, Ronnie Jacobs and wife Sonya, and son, Tommy Jacobs. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Jessica Salazar and husband Gabe, Eric Jacobs and fiancee Julie Vigil, Natasha Jacobs, Desirae Jacobs, and Joshua Jacobs; great grandchildren: Linayah Jacobs and Isayah Jacobs; sisters: Loren Sanchez, and Sally Romero and husband Lee; and brothers, Eli Tafoya and wife Toni and Gilbert Tafoya and wife Lorraine. Special thanks to Dr. Mai Ting, Connie Valencia, and Annette Anaya. Visitation will begin on Thursday, November 18, at 6:00 p.m. at San Isidro Catholic Church where a rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, November 19, at 12:00 p.m. at San Isidro Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Agua Fria Cemetery.

Alice Joy "Copper" Amiday, age 63, of Santa Fe, died on Saturday, November 13, 1999. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Amiday, Jr. and her mother, Jerry Jewell Fones. "Copper" was born September 28, 1936, in Santa Fe, NM. To Jerry Jewell and Bill Fones, Sr. She later married Albert B. Amiday, Jr. in Santa Fe. She was the most loving and wonderful mother, and artist and interior decorator. She was involved in gathering food donations and making flower arrangements for hospice patients. She is survived by her fiance and companion of 12 years, Sandy Burtrum; her loving children: Desira Amiday, Dean Slade and wife Patricia, Erick Slade and wife Jackie, and Dirk Slade; and her grandchildren: Katy Slade, Amber Slade, Jason Slade, Christopher Slade, Tomas Slade, and Jeffrey Slade; her brother, Bill Fones; and father, Bill Fones, Sr. Visitation will begin on Wednesday, November 17, at 6:00 p.m. at Berardinelli Family Funeral Chapel where a rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, November 18, at 9:30 a.m. at Santa Maria de la Paz Catholic Community. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery. There will be a gathering of friends immediately following, at the Amiday residence.

Evelyn L. Danforth, age 90, died on Sunday, November 14, 1999, at Sombrillo Nursing Home in Los Alamos, NM. She is the widow of Adelbert A. Danforth of Gardiner, ME. She was a life long resident of the Gardiner area until widowed in April 1990. She then alternated between her son's residences in Florida and New Mexico. Evelyn was born in Hallowell, ME, on February 3, 1909, the daughter of Jesse Crimmin and Edith (Curry) Crimmin. She graduated from Gardiner High School in 1927. Mrs. Danforth married Adelbert Danforth on July 10, 19129, and lived in Pittston for many years and spent many summers in Pemaquid Beach, ME. Mrs. Danforth was a Past Matron and lifelong member of Marion Chapter #63, Order of the Eastern Star, Gardiner. She was the director of the Ground Observer Corps in Gardiner from 1950 to the mid-1960's and in that post she was a Deputy Sheriff. She is survived by her two sons, Ronald Danforth of Cocoa, FL and Richard Danforth of Los Alamos, NM; grandsons: Brian Danforth of Vero Beach, FL, Michael Danforth of Brookline, MA, John Danforth of Los Alamos, NM, James Danforth of San Francisco, CA, David Danforth of Mesquite, TX; and a great granddaughter, Sydney Danforth of Mesquite, TX. She will be buried next to her husband, Adelbert, in the cemetery in Gardiner, ME.

Margaret Ellen Bellue Handfield, formerly of Springer, NM, died in Albuquerque on Sunday, November 14, 1999, following a lengthy illness. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Kimball Handfield. Mrs. Handfield was born in Springfield, LA, to the late Lee Judson Bellue and Effie Myrtie Smiley Bellue. She served as a nurse in the US Army in the South Pacific Islands during WWII and also served in the Korean War where she was stationed in Pusan. She continued to work in the nursing profession after she left the service in 1955. She then began working as a school nurse and at the Colfax Hospital until her retirement in 1994. She dedicated much of her time to teaching Sunday school for several years and served as a Girl Scout leader from 1963 to 1966 and a Cub Scout leader from 1967 to 1970. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She is survived by her loving children, Margaret Effie Handfield and Charles Franklin Handfield, II, both of Albuquerque; sisters, Starr Jeffries and Willie Doiron of Baton Rouge, LA; and grandson, Richard T. Rattan of Albuquerque. A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 19, at 2:00 p.m. at Springer United Methodist Church in Springer, NM. Memorial contributions may be directed to Disabled American Veteran's National Service Foundation, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45234.

Marina Rael Ortiz, of Santa Fe, died suddenly on Sunday, November 14, 1999. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marcos and Adelaida Rael; daughter, Lorraine Stillinger; brothers, Marcos and Andy Rael; sister, Magdalena C de Baca; sister-in-law, Guadalupita Apodaca; and brothers-in-law, Luciano Ortiz, Frank S. Ortiz (former Mayor of Santa Fe), Jose Dolores Ortiz, John Ortiz and Antonio Ortiz. Mrs. Ortiz was born in Santa Fe. She was raised in Santa Fe and attended school at St. Francis Cathedral Schools. On August 24, 1942, she married her husband, Mike S. Ortiz, in Mill Valley, CA. She was a devoted wife and mother. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Mike S. Ortiz, of Santa Fe; sisters-in-law, Lucy C. Ortiz of Santa Fe and Vera Ortiz of Santa Rosa, CA; special cousins, Mr. and Mrs. Militon Vigil of Santa Fe; special friend, Raul Gonzales; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will begin on Tuesday, November 16, from 4-5 p.m. at Berardinelli Family Funeral Chapel where a rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 17, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Francis Cathedral. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Carmelite Sisters, 49 Mt. Carmel Rd., Santa Fe, NM 87501.

Frederick Lea Clark, age 77, of Santa Fe, died on Sunday, November 14, 1999. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Clark was born July 17, 1922, in Alameda, CA, to the late Anne B. and Frederick F. Clark. He married his wife, Suzanne, in Sun Valley, ID, on September 5, 1991. He attended the Merchant Marine Acaademy in Kingspoint, NY. Later, Fred founded and built a successful wholesale paper supply company called Gillis and Lane, located in Redwood City, CA. He owned the business until his retirement in 1989, after 40 years. He participated in S.C.O.R.E. during his retirement in Santa Fe, NM. He loved to golf, travel and laugh. Mr. Clark is survived by his loving wife, Suzanne Clark of Santa Fe, NM; daughters, Karin Clark Edmiston of Lafayette, CA, and Patricia Clark of Corvallis, OR; six grandchildren; brother, John Francis Clark; and sister, Adele R. Clark of Sarasota, FL. Cremation has taken place and private services will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Cancer Society and Little Sisters of the Poor.

Tony C. Martinez, a long time resident of Santa Fe, joined his Heavenly Father on November 7, 1999. He is survived by his wife, Frances G. Martinez of Santa Fe; his son, daughter-in-law, and grandson, Leo and Jo and Martel Martinez of San Diego, CA; and his daughter and son-in-law, Yolanda and Ben Garcia of Bosque Farms, NM. In meeting his Heavenly Father, he was preceded by his 26 year old grandson, Christopher Roybal. Tony was born and raised in Las Cruces, NM. Other family members include his nephews, Tony and Raymond Lucero of Las Cruces; his niece, Ethel Mae Foxx of LaGrange, Kentucky; and numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews. He served in the United States Army during World War II and in two campaigns in the Southwest Pacific Theater. Decorations and citations included the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, Combat Infantryman Badge, Marksmanship Medal, Good Conduct Ribbon, and Meritorious Unit Award. At Tony's direction and request, no formal services or ceremonies were held. His remains were quietly laid to rest at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. He was a compassionate and devoted husband and a strong and loving father. He will be forever remembered by those who loved him. Our family gratefully acknowledges the many kind and sincere expressions of sympathy offered by so many.

Albert (Magoo) Lucero, age 62, of Santa Fe, died on Monday, November 8, 1999. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Piedad and Librado Lucero; his brothers: Ricardo, Felix, Edward and Antonio Lucero. Mr. Lucero was a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Parish. He is survived by his brothers: Frank Lucero and wife Barbara of Cheyenne, WY, Benny Lucero and wife Iris of Burbank, CA, Librado Lucero, Jr. of Santa Fe; sisters, Romie Ortiz and husband Hector and Cecilia Lucero Castro and husband Roberto, all of Santa Fe; sister-in-law, Irene Lucero.and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Visitation will begin on Sunday, November 14, at 6:00 p.m. at Berardinelli Family Funeral Chapel where a rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, November 15, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Rosario Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Chris Lucero, David Wheeler, Roberto Castro, Sam Gonzales, Elaine Rael, and Rosalie Gonzales. Honorary pallbearers will be Librado Lucero, Jr., Hector Ortiz, Donna Gonzales, and Matthew Lucero.

Marcia S. Rivera, age 41, of Santa Fe, died on Saturday, November 6, 1999. She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary and father-in-law, Tranquilino Rivera. Marcia was born April 9, 1958. She was currently employed at St. Vincent Hospital and had previously worked at the Santa Fe Civic Housing Authority and Nava Elementary. Marcia was a very special person who never hesitated to help those in need. She was loved by her family and her many friends. We will always keep her in our hearts. She is survived by her husband, Francisco Rivera; her children: Andrea Y. Rivera, Francisco J. Rivera and Renee K. Rivera. She is also survived by her parents, Bennie and Adelina Montano; brothers: Benji Montano and wife Angela, Joe Montano and wife Sheila, Reynaldo Montano and wife Mona, Arthur Montano and wife Darlene, Michael Montano and wife Leslie, Gilbert Montano and wife Lucero, and Louie Montano and wife Debbie; sisters: Margaret Montoya and husband Kenny, Anita Maes and husband George, Juanita Lucero and husband Robert, and Angelina Cedillo and husband Juan; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and friends. A rosary was recited last night. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 9, at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Rosario Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Benji Montano, Joe Montano, Reynaldo Montano, Michael Montano, Arthur Montano, Gilbert Montano and Louie Montano.

Hulen "Hoops" Stallings, age 91, passed away on Monday, November 8, 1999, in Santa Fe. He was born in Bee, Oklahoma, on October 14, 1908. In 1946, he moved to Los Alamos where he worked for Zia for three years before transferring to University of California, retiring in 1971. He was the head of two families; in his first family he is survived by his son, James and wife Lucy Stallings; his daughter, Wilma and husband "Bunny" Powell; ten grandchildren; nineteen great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; and sisters, Florene Butler and Christine Anderson. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patricia Beatrice Raines and son, Robert "Bobby" Stallings. In his second family he is also survived by his wife, Pita, of 34 years and her two sons, three daughters; twelve grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. Visitation will begin on Tuesday, November 9, at 5:00 p.m. at Berardinelli Family Funeral Chapel. A Funeral Service will be conducted on Wednesday, November 10, at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Los Alamos. Interment will follow at Guaje Pines.

Dan J. Lovato, our beloved father and husband, passed away at his Santa Fe home on Monday, November 1, 1999, at the age of 70, following a short illness. Mr. Lovato was born on March 26, 1929, to Leandro and Euladia Lovato, who preceded him in death. He was a veteran of the Korean War. He later married Lucia Tixier in Santa Fe at St. Anne Catholic Church. He was retired from the museums of the State of New Mexico and was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. He is survived by his beloved wife, Lucia Lovato of Santa Fe; his loving children: Danny Lovato and wife Kathleen, Joseph Lovato and wife Dollie, Pat Lovato and wife Andrea, Donny Lovato, Rick Lovato and wife Mary, and Vanessa Lovato, all of Santa Fe; and 12 grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters: Pita Lujan and husband Jimmy of Espanola, Molly Benavidez and husband Tony of Santa Fe, Lena DeSoto of Los Banos, CA; and brothers, Lee Lovato and wife Betty, and Roger Lovato and wife, Andrea, all of Santa Fe; and numerous nieces, nephews, other in-laws, relatives and friends. Visitation will begin on Wednesday, November 3, at 6:00 p.m. at Berardinelli Family Chapel where a rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, November 4, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Sangre de Cristo Hospice.


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