Fernando Francisco López, age 74, resident of Albuquerque, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2019. Mr. López is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Terri López; children, Ruben López, Kimberly Arroyo and husband, Francisco, Scott López and wife, Leah, Joseph López and wife, Rebecca; eleven grandchildren, Desiree, Jeannette, Francisco (Paco), Jordan, Sara, Olivia, Jonah, Elijah, Makayla, Sophia and Manuel; sister, Mercedes Gomez and husband, Benjamin; brothers, Samuel and wife, Sylvia, Alfredo and wife, Deloris, Armando and wife, Hermie; as well as many nieces and nephews and a world of good friends.
Fernando was born in El Paso, Texas. He moved to Albuquerque’s South Valley in his teenage years. He attended Lincoln Middle School and graduated from Rio Grande High School in 1964. After high school, Fernando met and married the love of his life, Terri. Terri and Fernando celebrated fifty-one years of marriage last year. Fernando spent his life working in the grocery business and retired from Smith’s after forty-three years of service in 2011. Fernando had a love for old cars. His favorite term of endearment for those he loved, everyone, was “Burro”. Fernando was the #1 Burro. Fernando passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family and he will be missed dearly.Fernando lost his battle with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). He spent 18 days in the ICU, then moved home for his final days. A special thank you to all the Lovelace Women’s Hospital ICU nurses, especially Vern, Steve, Courtney.
A visitation will be Monday, May 20, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Church of the Ascension, 2150 Raymac Rd. SW, with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. A final visitation will be Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at Church of the Ascension, 2150 Raymac Rd. SW, with Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow services at Pajarito Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Francisco (Paco), Jordan, Sara, Olivia, Jonah, Elijah, Makayla, Sophia and Manuel.