Our beloved Joe completed his journey to his heavenly home on January 6, 2013 in Albuquerque, New Mexico at age 76.
Joe was born in Lyden, NM on March 14, 1936, to Salvador Ernesto Garcia and Maria Clorinda (Romero) Garcia. His parents, brothers: Albert, Sosten, and Abel preceded him in death.
Joe's lifetime spanned three states: Colorado, living in Mancos and Cortez, and later returning to live in Summit Lake; California, where he moved with his wife, Geraldine, and children, enjoying a thriving career for many years; New Mexico, where he was born, and where he spent his last 10 years in Albuquerque. Joe traveled throughout the United States, parts of Mexico, and Belize, Central America. .His greatest joy was spending time with all the children, grandchildren, extended family, and many dear friends. He left behind wonderful memories for all of us.
Joe is survived by his wife, Katherine; sons: Keith and wife Nancy, Duane, Allen and wife Virginia; daughter Tammy of Santa Maria, CA; son Calvin of Bend, OR; step-sons, Kenneth and wife Alyssa Gonzales, Eric Gonzales; step-daughter, Renee Espat, of Albuquerque, NM; 16 grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and 6 step-grandchildren. A brother Silviano of Mancos, and sister Carmen Maestas of Cortez; sisters-in-law, Rayes Garcia of CA, Ernestine Garcia of TX, and several nephews and nieces also survive him.
Rosary services will be held at Ertel Funeral Home in Cortez on Sunday, January 13, 2013, at 7pm. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, January 14, 2013, at St. Rita Catholic Church in Mancos. Internment will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery.
Special thanks go to friends Keenan/Beverly Ertel, Peter Holter, Miguel Guajardo, and Presbyterian Hospice for their loving care and support.
Services are under the direction of Ertel Funeral Home. For further information or to send condolences, log on to www.ertelfuneralhome.com
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Published in Santa Maria Times on January 10, 2013