The obituaries for Epimenia C. Lovato and Jose Victoriano (Victor) Lopez have been provided by family and funeral homes. Please read on for full details.

Epimenia C. Lovato of Espanola

Epimenia C. Lovato, 89, a resident of Espanola, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 21, 2019 after a short illness. She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Victoria, Rosa, Pablita, Carmel, and Maria; and her eldest son Ernesto Lovato and wife Helen. 

She was known to everyone as Pepper and was a devout catholic and loving mother, grandmother, and friend who will always be remembered for her kindness and warm smile. 

Epimenia was born on July 1, 1929 to Ignacio and Lauriana Lovato in Capulin, NM. She was the fifth of seven children and loved her large family.  But her pride and joy were her two sons, Ernesto and Albert. Pepper was a bartender at Johnny’s in Espanola for 35 years. Upon retiring she became a Foster Grandparent and worked with first graders at Sombrillo Elementary for over 10 years.   

Pepper is survived by her son Albert and wife Rosalie of Espanola, her granddaughter Kathy and husband Matthew Casados of Espanola and their children, grandson Alvin Lovato and his children, and granddaughter Alisha Lovato. She is also survived by her brother Reynaldo Lovato and wife Victoria of Gallina, and many beloved nieces and nephews. 

A rosary was recited at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 28, 2019 at La Iglesia de Santa Cruz de la Canada, with a Mass of Christian burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Burial was held at Holy Cross Cemetery, with the following serving as pallbearers her grandchildren Alvin and Alisha Lovato, and great-grandsons Adan E. Casados, Joshua Lovato, Carl Naranjo, and Jeremy Lovato.  Honorary pallbearers will be great-granddaughters Veronica Casados, Ashlyn Lovato, Clarissa Lovato, and Hayven Lovato. 

The family would like to thank Dolores Lucero, Senior Companion and Minnie Martinez, her trusted hairdresser, for their years of friendship during her golden years. Our heartfelt gratitude also goes to the staff at Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Los Alamos. They lovingly cared for Grandma Pepper as a member of their own family for the past eight months. 

The family of Epimenia C. Lovato entrusted the care of their loved one to DeVargas Funeral & Crematory of the Espanola Valley.  505-747-7477-www.devargasfuneralcom.

Jose Victoriano (Victor) Lopez of Las Trampas

Jose Victoriano (Victor) Lopez, a Las Trampas native, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on Sunday, June 23, 2019.  Victor was preceded in death by his parents, Juan Antonio and Maclovia Lopez; sisters, Bertha Vigil, Manuelita Sanchez, Louisa Lopez, brothers, Delfido Lopez, Ernestino Lopez and Liberato Lopez.

After leaving New Mexico, Victor traveled to several states seeking employment until he settled in Tooele, Utah where he worked for the Tooele Army Depot as a military equipment mechanic until his retirement in 1995. Soon after his retirement, Victor moved back to New Mexico where he led a simple, humble life enjoying fishing, gardening, watching western movies, lending a helping hand to all who asked him and enjoying time with family. He was a hard-working man and had dedicated much of his time to the restoration of the San Jose de Gracia Church in Las Trampas.

Victor is survived by his 3 brothers, Emeterio , Louis and Patricio Lopez; children, Sandra  Vigil (Clarence), Eva Lopez (Yvonne), Jim Lopez (Teresina), Tim Lopez, Victor “Chico” Lopez (Jennifer); 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

Victor’s children would like to express their heart felt gratitude and appreciation to the staff from Mountain Home Health, Christus St. Vincent Cancer doctors and chemotherapy staff, as well as extended family members who were instrumental in the care and wellbeing of their father during his illness. Our belief is that “No business is so pressing, nor is any sadness so sorrowful that one should not stop and say Thank you”

A rosary was recited on Friday, June 28, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Sangre de Cristo Chapel of DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory. Memorial mass was celebrated on Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the San Jose de Gracia Church in Las Trampas, with a burial following at the Las Trampas Cemetery. Serving the family as honorary pallbearers are Victor’s grandchildren, Danielle Mares, Valerie Flores, Amanda Pacheco, Jim Lopez Jr., Daryl Roybal, Brandon Roybal, Matthew Vigil, Macario Casados, Karl Lopez, Donovan Lopez, Julianna Lopez, Zachery Lopez and Noah Lopez.

The family of Jose Victoriano (Victor) Lopez entrusted the care of their loved one to the DeVargas Funeral Home & Crematory of the Espanola Valley.