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Obituary for SANCHEZ


Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Tuesday October 20, 2009

Sotero J. Sanchez, Jr. passed away on October 19, 2009 at the age of 88. Sotero was born in Delia and raised in Santa Rosa, NM where he graduated from Santa Rosa High School (at the Old Alamo) in 1938. He attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM. He volunteered during WWII and in April of 1942 after 13 weeks of basic training, was attached to the Army Medical Corp Camp J.T. Robinson. (the Camp Pike) in Little Rock, AR. Later in he was transferred and served as an Instructor at the School for Medical Department Enlisted Technicians in Denver, Co. He was Honorably Discharged in June of 1943 on disability. He served as a member of Santa Rosa's Governing Body and was elected Mayor of Santa Rosa for five consecutive terms. He was also elected President of the New Mexico Municipal League for five consecutive terms. In 1971 he accepted a position with the New Mexico Municipal League as Program Director, Deputy Director and also alternating as Acting Director when needed until his retirement in 1986. In Santa Rosa he worked closely with St. Rose of Lima Parish, St. Rose School and was also a forth degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He was one of the leaders in helping pass the Anti by-pass legislation to prevent the U.S. Bureau of Public roads from by-passing any town with out their permission. He is preceded in death by his parents, Sotero M. Sanchez, Sr. and Beatrice Aragon Ortega Sanchez; two children, Sylvia Marie Sanchez and Sotero Roderico Raymundo Sanchez; two brothers, Albert Sanchez, and Canuto Ortega. He is survived by Ernest Sanchez and wife, Mary of Albuquerque, Orlando Sanchez and wife Sofia of Albuquerque, Ernestine Chavez of Hobbs, Joseph Sanchez of Albuquerque, Herman Sanchez and Magda of Albuquerque, Janet Dominguez and Ken of Albuquerque, June Ziegenfuss and husband Larry of Las Cruces, Juliette Dempsey and husband John of San Antonio, TX, Eugene Sanchez and wife, Dorothy of Albuquerque, Wife Erlinda M. Sanchez; and mother of his children Petra M Sanchez. Children are Eileen Gallegos and husband, Leroy of Puerto de Luna, Loretta Rael of Albuquerque, Victor C. Sanchez and wife Sandra of Rio Rancho, Verena Lopez and husband George of Santa Fe and Maxine Wheeless and husband Jim of Houston, TX; Two step-children, Ronald Dominguez of Kelseyville, Ca and Arno Dominguez and wife Mary Ann of Santa Cruz, CA; over 100 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memorial Mass will be Friday, October 23, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Refuge in Puerto de Luna, NM. Internment will be at Santa Fe National Cemetery Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Online condolences can be submitted at www.danielsfuneral.com. Services have been entrusted to: Daniels Family Funeral Services 1100 Coal Ave SE Albuquerque, NM 87106 505-842-8800