Obituaries

by Staff Reporter / Dec 29, 2017 / comments

Obituaries

The obituaries for Delano Valdez and Atocha M. Gonzales have been provided by the respective funeral homes or family members. Please read on for full details.
 


Delano Valdez (D Valdez)

Delano Valdez (D Valdez), 66, beloved son, brother, daddy, uncle, and friend born and raised in Alcalde, NM was called home to Heaven on Friday, December 22, 2017 following a lengthy illness. Delano was preceded in death by his father, Juan M. Valdez. Delano was a kind, loving, generous man to all that knew him. His love for horse racing and being in a crowd supporting his family and friends was something that came naturally to this gentle soul. Delano is survived by his dear and loving mother, Adelia D. Valdez; son, Ray Valdez (Cha-Chi); daughter, Felicia Martinez (pumpkin) and fiancé Harold Quintana; Marvin Valdez and wife Patsy and Norman Valdez and wife Pauline; two loving grandchildren, Ray Valdez Jr. and Joshua Martinez; His loving sisters and brother, Mabel Valdez, Cloudina Salazar, Lydia Atencio, and Richard Valdez. Delano will also be forever remembered and dearly missed by his numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and dear friends who loved him unconditionally. Public visitation will begin on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Sangre de Cristo Chapel of DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory with a Rosary to follow at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, December 29, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ohkay Owingeh. The family of Delano Valdez has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley.

 


Atocha M. Gonzales of Española

Atocha M. Gonzales, 86, a resident of Española/formerly of Coyote passed away following a lengthy illness on Saturday, December 23, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Gonzales; sons, Dennis, Elizario and James Gonzales; grandchildren, Josephine Grijalva, Andrea Gonzales; parents, Tomas and Susana Garcia. Atocha retired after 25 years at the Española hospital in February 1996 and started working as a Foster Grandparent at Fairview Elementary School in September of the same year.  She is survived by her children, George Gonzales (Martha), Susie Grijalva (Javier), Lorraine Valencia, Tommy Gonzales (Mary), Floyd Gonzales (Jenny), Lydia Trujillo (Ruben), Geraldine Trujillo (Gabriel), Hazel Salazar (Joseph), Laura Gonzales (Tomas), granddaughters whom she helped raise, Rochelle Ortega and Robyn Lynn Ortega, 29 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Adelires Trujillo; brothers, Pete Garcia, and Tomas Garcia (Margaret), and many other relatives and friends. Public visitation will begin on Friday, December 29, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sangre de Cristo Chapel of DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Española. Burial to follow at the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery with the following serving the family as pallbearers, Javier Grijalva, Conrad Valencia, Floyd Gonzales Jr., Ruben Trujillo Jr., Russell Trujillo, and Joey Salazar. Honorary pallbearers are all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family of Atocha M. Gonzales has entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Española Valley.