Rafael T. Mendoza, age 85, born in San Marcial, NM, a resident of Albuquerque, passed away Saturday, July 7, 2018, with his loving family by his side. Mr. Mendoza is survived by his children, Ralph Mendoza Jr., Martha Mendoza, Arnold Mendoza and wife, Glory, Carl Mendoza; sixteen grandchildren; twenty-one great grandchildren; sisters, Tommie Rosas and husband, Ray, Lydia Gonzales and husband, Peter. Mr. Mendoza was preceded in death by his loving wife, Berna Mendoza; children, Leroy Mendoza, Richard Mendoza, Michael Mendoza, Johnny Mendoza, Marlene Mendoza; parents, Eloy and Ignacita Mendoza; grandchildren, Michael Jean Mendoza, Desiree Mendoza, Rudy Mendoza, Bernice Mendoza, Berna Mendoza; siblings, Pilar Mendoza, Victor Mendoza, Pete Mendoza, Epitacio Mendoza, Maria Saavedra, and Julian Mendoza. A visitation will be held Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. in the Gabaldon Memorial Chapel, 1000 Old Coors Drive S.W., with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m.; a final visitation will be held Friday, July 13, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m., Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. at St. Anne Catholic Church, 1400 Arenal Road S.W., with interment to follow at Pajarito Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jason Kelly, Germaine Thornton, Eric Mendoza, Kyle Mendoza, Christopher Mendoza, and Dustin Mendoza. Honorary pallbearers will be Perry Kelly, Angelo Lopez, and Austin Epps.
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