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Obituary: Pauline Leyba Tapia

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Obituary: Pauline Leyba Tapia

Posted: 24 Mar 2012 8:04PM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Leyba Tapia
Pauline Leyba Tapia Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend, died peacefully on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, in the comfort of her Santa Fe home surrounded by her family. Pauline was born in Madrid, New Mexico, on July 13, 1923, and spent most of her life in Santa Fe. She devoted her life to her sons, Ben and Luis, her extended family and to her faith. She had a fulfilling 28-year career as a girls' counselor at the New Mexico School for the Deaf until her retirement in 1985. She was also a devout member of the Third Order of St. Francis. Pauline was preceded in death by her husband Bennie Tapia. She is survived by her son Ben Tapia, son Luis Tapia and wife Carmella Padilla, and sisters Aurora Vigil and Jenny Rommes and her husband Ronnie. She was cherished by her six grandchildren: Katrina Roybal and husband Matthew, Vida Sanchez and husband Jerome, Alma Moore and husband Ryan, Reyna Tapia, Elena Tapia, and Sergio Tapia and wife Laura Widmar. She also had nine great-grandchildren: Desiree Roybal, Luc Roybal, Marisol Sanchez, Justin Sanchez, Mia Moore, Ian Moore, Andres Garcia, Miranda Garcia and Annyssa Tapia. Pauline also enjoyed the love of many nieces, nephews and friends. The Tapia family expresses our heartfelt gratitude to Patricia Romero, Karen Trujillo, Viola Lopez and Olivia Olivas Calzadillas for their loving care of Pauline during her final years. Dr. Gloria Ruiz and Vista Care Hospice also deserve special thanks for their support. A Rosary will be recited by members of the Third Order of St. Francis. on Monday, February 27, at 7 p.m. at St. John's Catholic Church, 1301 Osage Ave., in Santa Fe. A funeral Mass will be celebrated by The Rev. Nathan Libaire and The Rev. José Vigil at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 28, at St. John's Catholic Church. Burial services will follow at 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Pallbearers are: Raymond Vigil, Ralph Leyba, Sergio Tapia, Andres Garcia, Luc Roybal and Jake Saiz. Honorary pallbearers are Justin Sanchez, Ian Moore, and Bernadette Vigil. Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505)984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at:

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