Obituary for ORTIZ

Published in the Albuquerque Journal on Wednesday October 17, 2012

ORTIZ, JOANN our beloved spouse, mother and grandmother was called by our Lord on Tuesday morning, October 16, 2012, She passed away at home, while surrounded by her loving family. We, our children and spouse and grandchildren can attest to her extraordinary gift of living, generosity, compassion and beauty. Throughout her life, Joann was dedicated to the well-being of her spouse, children and grandchildren. She loved her family and life itself, especially holiday occasions. Joann is survived by her spouse of 52 wonderful years, Robert Ortiz; three daughters, Charlotte Lewis and husband Aaron, Rosalie Mendoza and husband Florencio, Jeanette Maestas and husband Mark; one son, Robert Ortiz and fiance, Beverly Gallegos; six grandchildren, Katherine and Ashley Lewis, Selena Mendoza, Nathan and Andrew Maestas and Robert Ortiz, Jr.; two sisters, Deolinda Leyba, Pita Rivera and husband James; one brother, Jimmy Aragon and wife Laura; numerous nephews and nieces. She is also survived by her cousin and best friend, Dorothy Gallegos. Joann is preceded in death and will join in heaven her parents, Santiago and Lucianita Aragon; brother-in-law, Raymond Leyba. Joann was a devout lifetime member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Her life and love was to her husband, children and grandchildren, whom she adored and cared for all her life. She was an excellent cook and homemaker. Joann graduated from Bernalillo High School in 1955 and pursued her career where she worked as an administrative assistant for the State of New Mexico in the State Capital for several years. Following her child bearing years pursued a new career and retired with 25 outstanding years of service from Cochiti Elementary and the school's librarian. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to Christus St. Vincent Regional Cancer Center in Santa Fe, NM for the wonderful care given to our beloved Joann. Visitations will be Friday, October 19, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Gudalupe Church in Pena Blanca, NM, where a rosary will be recited at 6:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, October 20, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Gudalupe Church. Interment will follow at the Pena Blanca Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Raymond Leyba Jr., James Rivera Jr., Robert "Hito" Ortiz, Ashley Lewis, Katherine Lewis and Selena Mendoza. Honorary Bearers will be Lorenzo "Clodo" Hurtado, Robert Pargas, Jimmy Aragon Jr., Nathan Maestas, Eddie Ortiz and Jeanette "Nettie" Ortiz. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that Memorial contributions be given in Joann's honor to Christus St. Vincent Regional Cancer Center 490 West Zia Rd., Ste #A, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Those wish to express their condolences or share a story, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com Daniels Family Funeral Services Alameda Mortuary 9420 Fourth St. NW Albuquerque, NM 87114 (505) 898-3160