Obituarios

We would like to honor those in our community who have passed.  If you have an obituary of a deceased S.P.M.D.T.U. member that you would like to share with our community, we welcome you to send a copy of it to us at spmdtuwebsite@gmail.com.

Vigil, Jose Longino
Nambé, NM

Born in Nambe, NM. The Oldest of five siblings Lita, Benito, Gilbert and Lorenzo (Jr.). He was preceded in death by his wife Sophia Vigil, and all of his siblings.He is survived by his son, Douglas Vigil. Granddaughter Johanna Vigil-Leon and her husband Hector, and their son Lorenzo (III). As well as grandson, Jesse Dylan Vigil, and his three children Cyrus, Violet, and Senaida. And, greatgreatgrandson Zebulon.

Longino attended the Nambe School, and went on to graduate from Saint Michaels High School. He continued on to Highlands university where he studied auto mechanics.Longino proudly served in the Army during WWII. He served in the Ivy leavy division of the fourth infantry across France and Germany. Most notably his division liberated Dachau.After the war he worked in the shipyards in Oakland, CA. Before long he returned to New Mexico to become a fireman in Los Alamos.Longino was a lifelong farmer and rancher. He was a member of the New Mexico Apple Council, he was also very involved in the Santa Fe Farmers Market for decades.

He was involved in the community and was a member of the S.P.M.D.T.U.. He was a school board member for the Pojoaque Valley School District. He was also deeply rooted in the Catholic church. He will be deeply missed.

A rosary will be held on Tuesday January 17, 2023 at Rivera Funeral Home in Espanola, NM at 7pm. A mass will be held on Wednesday January 18, 2023 at Sacred Heart Church in Nambe, NM at 10am. A burial will be held following the mass on Wednesday Janurary 18, 2023 at Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM at 2pm.

Chavez, Bob
Denver, CO

Our Brother Bob Chavez passed away on July 27th, 2021.   A vigil service will be held on Friday, August 13th 2021
from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the St Bernadette Catholic Parish (7240 W 12th Ave, Denver, CO 80214).  The funeral mass will be held on Saturday, August 14th 2021 at 10:00 AM at the same location. A committal service will be held on Saturday, August 14th 2021 at 12:00 PM at the Mount Olivet Cemetery (12801 W 44th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033).

Mondragon, Leroy
Denver, CO

Leroy Mondragon, age 82, of Thornton, Colorado passed away on Thursday, July 22, 2021. Leroy was born October 2, 1938 in Antonito, Colorado. He was surrounded by his loving family as he passed away. He will always be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to all that knew and loved him.

Leroy is survived by his wife, Amy and his 3 children, Pam (Tom) Ariniello, Denise (Roger) Rios and Nathan (Denine) Mondragon; eight grandchildren Ryan, Joe (Sarah), Dan (Stephanie) and Celine Ariniello; Simone (Emily) Rios-Kirk; Heidi (Nathan) Weed, Calvin Mondragon and Sophia Hamp; three great-grandchildren Luca and Leo Ariniello and Jaxson Weed. He was preceded in death by his father Cristobal Mondragon and mother Beatrice Jiron. His lively spirit will never be forgotten.

Leroy was a devout Catholic. He was a longtime parishioner of Immaculate Heart of Mary and an active member of the Knights of Columbus Council 7502 since 1980 and was a fourth degree Knight. He received honors of the Admission Degree on March 12, 2019. He enjoyed volunteering at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Stewardship Center Food Bank after he retired from working in various office roles in the trucking industry for 36 years. He was also an active soccer coach for 12 years and soccer referee for over 25 years. He was a member of SPMDTU (Sociedad Protecciόn Mutua de Trabajadores Unidos) which is an organization founded in 1900 by his grandfather, Celedonia Mondragon, to protect Hispanic landowners and combat discrimination.

The Rosary will be held on Wednesday, July 28th at 6:00 p.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 11385 Grant Drive, Northglenn, Colorado. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday July 29th at 10:00am at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Lunch reception immediately following in the parish center. Viewing will be available the hour before the Rosary and Funeral Mass. Burial at Olinger Highland Mortuary, 10201 Grant Street, Thornton, Colorado, at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to The Immaculate Heart of Mary Stewardship Center can be made via this link.

Martinez, Pedro (Pete)
Alamosa, CO

Lopez, Felix R.
Alamosa, CO

Montoya, Aurora (10/4/28-1/9/18)

Gallegos, Ben (5/5/21-9/27/17)
Alamosa, CO

Feliciano Lujan ( 12/19/19-8/17/15)