Obituary for MAESTAS

Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Tuesday March 27, 2007

Joe A. Maestas, 82, a resident of Chamita, NM, passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2007. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gorgonio and Francesquita Maestas; daughter, Juanita Maestas; and sisters, Euphemia and Georgia Maestas, Antonia Mascarenas and Josie Gonzales. Joe was a graduate of Santa Cruz High School and attended the University of New Mexico. He was a WWII Veteran, an active leader in numerous Republican Party Organizations and Republican candidate for the State Senator. He was also one of the founders of the Chamita Water Association, an active member of the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and board member of the Jemez Mountains Electric Co-op. Joe was employed at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Zia Corporation in Los Alamos, Business Owner of Maestas Oil Company in Espanola, State of New Mexico in the Tax Revenue and Department Senior Auditor. Joe is survived by his wife, Eleanor T. Maestas of Chamita; children, Consuelo Pagliocco and husband, Angelo of Norton, MA, David Maestas and wife, Barbara, Clyde Maestas and Theresa Maestas Payne, all of Albuquerque; sister, Ramoncita Montoya of Chamita; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and numerous other family and friends. Visitation will begin on Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. in the Sangre de Cristo Chapel of DeVargas Funeral Home with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated on Friday, March 30, 2007 at 10:30 a.m. at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ohkay Owingeh. Burial to follow at 1:00 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery with the following serving as pallbearers, Eloy Garcia, Tommy Maestas, James Baca, Anthony Pagliocco, Darren Maestas, Brandon Maestas, and Cameron Romero. Honorary pallbearers named are, Rudy Valdez, Abelardo Martinez, Ray Gallegos, R.J. Cadena, Nicolas Pagliocco, Donald Martinez, Juan Archuleta, Gilbert Mascarenas, Tony Gonzales, and Ursulo Ortiz. The family of Joe A. Maestas has entrusted his funeral arrangements to DeVargas Funeral Home of the Espanola Valley. 505-747-7477 or www.devargasfuneral.com

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