The Mass of Christian Burial for Luis A. Avitia, 51, a resident of Serafina, NM and who passed away on Sunday,Mar 26, 2006, was celebrated this morning at 11:00 a.m. from Santa Rita Church in Bernal, NM. Born: Oct 12, 1954. Father John McKenna celebrated the Mass. The interment followed in the Santa Rita Cemetery with the following serving as casket bearers: Matthew Montano, Dominic Trujillo, Raymond Bustamante, Joseph Martinez, Jerry Duran, and Nestor Ramirez. Cipriano Aguilar delivered the eulogy. A parish rosary was recited Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at the church.
He is survived by his companion of 26 years, Ramona Bustamante of Serafina, NM; his father, Jose Avitia of Chihuahua, Mexico; one step-son, George Bustamante of Las Vegas; three step-daughters, Esther Montano and husband Matthew and Luanna Bustamante all of Bernal, NM, and Elizabeth Baca and her fianc Jerry Aguilar of Las Vegas; two brothers, Melardo Avitia of Chihuahua, Mexico and Oscar Avitia and his wife Elvira of Las Vegas; four sisters, Luz Elena Valdez, Yolanda Chavez, Zulema Martinez, and Gloria Valdez all of Chihuahua; and ten grandchildren: Julian Bustamante, Natasha Vigil, Sebastian Bustamante, April Flores, Matthew Montano Jr., Raymond Bustamante, Leona Baca, Ashley Baca, Dominic Trujillo and Christopher Trujillo.
Arrangements were under the direction of Billy G. Rogers at Gonzales Funerals & Cremations, 2315 Hot Springs Blvd., 425-9319 or 1-888-525-9319.