Obituary for Sedillo

Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Monday January 18, 1999

Mr. Gillie Sedillo, born January 14, 1923, was called to the Lord on January 15, 1999. Gillie Sedillo accomplished many things in his 76 years on this earth. He was born in San Jose Albuquerque, but lived out most of his life in Grants, NM, where he was loved by all and contributed greatly to the community. He will forever be memorialized by the many beautiful projects he completed as a contractor and owner of Apex Builders Construction Co. He built St. Teresa's Catholic School, St. Vivian's Church and several residential homes in Grants. He also built the Jemez Church Convent. He graduated from Albuquerque High in 1941 and earned a business degree from the Western Business School of Secretaries. He loved to read and was infatuated with novels by Tony Hillerman. He also loved music. With this love and a dedication and perseverance of heart that defined him, he taught himself to play the guitar. He will be fondly remembered for his many sweet melodies and serenades. Along with his musical talent he was an excellent dancer. His love for music, song and dance was surpassed only by his unwavering love for his family and his devotion to God and Country as he gave selfless service in the European Front of the Second World War. He participated in the First Cursillo for the Diocese of Gallup and many more after. He gave his heart to his family. With kindness and compassion he guided his children through life. His strength of heart, stoutness of character, and amicable moral ideal can be seen in his children. In this endowment of his character, and his very spirit and heart, he lives on forever in the lives of his children, their children and their children's children. He will be missed by many and we hope he prays for us, for this earth is in far greater need of prayer to reconcile it's grief than Gillie needs in the glorious state of perpetual health and happiness he now enjoys in paradise. Survivors include Barbara Sedillo, his wife; son, Barney Sedillo of Albuquerque; daughter, Edwina and husband, Fernie Martinez of Albuquerque; son, Daniel and wife, Rosemarie Sedillo of Bloomfield, NM; daughter, Lucy Ann and husband, David Stalee of N. Richland Hills, TX, daughter, Becky and husband, David Larkin of Grand Junction, CO; son, Gilbert Sedillo (Deceased) of Grants, NM, son, Zeke and wife, Trish Sedillo of Los Lunas, NM; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Abel and wife, Sally Sedillo (both Deceased); sister, Priscilla and husband, Flavio Chavez, sister, Julia and husband, Alex Gallegos, sister, Carolina and Epifanio Barros; brother, Barney Sedillo (Deceased); sister, Mary Trujillo; brother, David and wife, Mae Sedillo, sister, Frances (Deceased) and husband, Boyd Parrish, sister, Lucille and husband, Bob Montoya; brother, Solomon Jr. and wife, Linda Sedillo; parents, Solomon and Anita Sedillo (both Deceased); and many nieces, nephews, cousins and longtime friends of Albuquerque and Grants, NM. Funeral services for Mr. Sedillo will be held on Tuesday at the St. Theresa of Avila Catholic Church in Grants, NM, where the Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at the Grants Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be David C. Larkin, Carlos Sedillo, Steven Gallegos, Ramon Chavez, Andy Sedillo and Anthony Sedillo. Honorary pallbearers will be Fernie Martinez Jr., Abel Sedillo, Michael Sedillo, Louie Sedillo, Diego Gallegos Larry Gallegos, Julian Gallegos, Ricardo Barros, Jerry Barros, Tony Barros, Gino Sedillo, Gabe Lucero, Robert Trujillo, Joey Trujillo, Gilbert Cordova, Mario Cordova, David Cordova and Ross Cordova. Visitation will be held on Monday, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., in the mortuary chapel. A Rosary will be recited on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Salazar & Sons Mortuary, 400 Third St. SW. .DMP

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