Obituary for BACHICHA

Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Wednesday October 17, 2012

BACHICHA, MARY D. Born Deogracia Mary Martin Gonzalez in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, passed away on September 16, 2012 while in the Canary Islands. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Frank Bachicha, Jr.; son Phillip M. (Shelley) Bachicha; and daughter Mara L. Bachicha; grandchildren Cristian Montoya and Alegria Bachicha-Lackey; brother Mariano; and sisters Carmen and Luisa; brother-in-law Benny D. (Theresa) Bachicha; sisters-in-law Berna B. (Charlie) Aragon and Irene B. (Larry, deceased) Lucero; as well as many nephews and nieces in the United States and Spain. She was preceded in death by her parents Jose and Adelina, sister Fidelina and brother Marcial. Mary came to the United States and married Frank Bachicha, Jr., whom she met in Venezuela. They married in Albuquerque on July 2, 1960. She accompanied her husband to Denver where he attended the University of Denver Law School. After graduating and passing the Bar Exams in Colorado and New Mexico, all with Mary's unwavering support and encouragement, the couple settled in Santa Fe. Mary was an excellent homemaker and mother who always placed her family first. She loved cooking and she quickly learned the local cuisine. She also loved reading, needlepoint, and was an incredible gardener. She had an excellent knowledge of history, poetry, Spanish literature and the Holy Bible, which reflected her Catholic school education. Recently, Mary devoted much of her time to planning and designing the complete remodel of the property and family home in La Palma, Canary Islands. Mary was a beautiful person, both inside and out, generous, charitable, and truly the light of our lives. She will be missed every minute of every day by those who love her. Mass of Christian burial was celebrated in Spain on September 22, 2012 and burial took place in her family plot in La Palma. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Daniel Balizan at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 19, 2012 at Santa Maria De La Paz Catholic Church in Santa Fe.