J. Edward Chavez, "Lalo," passed away peacefully from this life on Friday, March 15, 2002. He goes home to join his beloved Margaret and son Richard, and his only brother Silviano, who awaited his return and received him with loving arms with all the Joy of Heaven that awaits us all. Born September 16, 1917 in Lumberton, New Mexico to Jose and Delfina Chavez. He graduated high school in Chama, New Mexico where he lettered in basketball and boxing. He attended a few semesters of college at the old St Joseph College. He also played the saxophone with his brother who played the guitar. He was an avid sports fan, hunting, fishing and camping gave him special joy. He was also a season ticket holder to Lobo basketball for many years. He worked for the US Postal Service for many years where he retired in 1975. His talents were many, he was a"jack of all trades" and master of most. He was a very accomplished silver smith and stonecutter in Indian jewelry making. He loved the craft and especially enjoyed giving his work away. Edward and Margaret Santana married in 1940 and enjoyed 59 years together. Their children are Richard Chavez who preceded them in death in 1964, Lillian Abeyta, Laurie Lujan and husband Phillip of Albuquerque, Roberta Montoya of Easton, Pa., Carla Chavez, Margie Cordova and husband Robert all of Albuquerque, and Joseph Chavez of Big Spring, Texas. They also leave 17 grand children and 34 great grandchildren. A gentle, kind and loving man, even the devastation of parksinson did not take his love of God or his unconditional love for his children away. He will be missed by all who knew him. Special friends include Deacon Jimmy and wife Jean Delgado and Lazaro Zamora, also Joe and Cyndi Coddington who lovingly assisted in his care for the last months of his life. The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary will be recited on Monday March 18, 2002 at 7:00pm, and the mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 19, 2002 at 10:00am. Both services will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church at 1860 Griegos NW. Father Joe Vigil will celebrate mass and Deacon Jimmy Delgado will eulogize. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, David and Steven Chavez, Desi, Ricardo and Jessie Abeyta and Phillip Lujan Jr. Honoarypallbearers will be grandsons Santiago and Lorenzo Pohl, Great grandsons, Silviano and Isaac Chavez, Marcus Montoya and Isaiah McMillan and friend Joe Coddington. Arrangements by Direct Funeral Services, 2919 4th NW Albuquerque, 505-343-8008.
Published on: Sun March 17, 2002