Ordering through the funeral home helps ensure your order will be placed through a local flower shop with whom the funeral home has a personal and trusting relationship with. Through this service, you will be able to leave a longer message of support to the family via a card with the picture of your selection that will be included with your thoughtful gesture. As well as a photo of your arrangement and message will remain in perpetuity within this memorial website. This service also includes “Smart Select” whereby the store notifies you if your floral selection has already been selected by another sender, allowing you the opportunity to choose a different arrangement if you wish.
The price of these selections also include the funeral home caring for the flowers after the funeral and delivering them to the family, or various care facilities where they can be rearranged and enjoyed by others for a longer period.
The solitude and quiet peace of a flickering candle has long been a symbol of remembrance. Each candle lit will remain lit within this memorial website for the period you select. Your thoughtful gesture will be captured both in the candle as well as listed in perpetuity within the tributes section.
In today’s changing world with climate change and environment concerns, “Honoring a Life” allows for family and friends to plant a memorial tree in honor of their loved one and friend. The purchase of a tree creates a beautiful permanent record on the Honoring a Life website, www.honoringalife.org. Each tree is planted through the efforts of Forestry Services throughout North America who determine where the greatest needs for reforestation are. Once planted, the geographical location where the tree is planted will be added to the record. A beautiful card is also sent to the family signifying your thoughtful gesture.
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We are proud to provide this service allowing friends and family to donate to any registered charity throughout North America. You will receive an official tax receipt immediately via email and your thoughtful gesture will remain on this memorial website in perpetuity.
The time surrounding a death can often bring unexpected final expenses for the family far beyond the funeral itself. We are pleased to offer the ability for friends and relatives to financially support the family during their time of loss as an alternative to flowers and other sympathy gestures.
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Joe A. Apodaca, 83, a retired Las Vegas, NM postmaster and three time war veteran, passed away on Sunday at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gregorio C. and Gregoria Lilly Allemand Apodaca; a brother, Augustine, and a niece Christina Apodaca. He is survived by four daughters: Gloria Apodaca and companion Raul Roybal of Albuquerque, NM, Grace Brewer and Gladys Apodaca both of Phoenix, AZ, and Glenda Kelley and husband John of New Port Richey, FL; two sisters, Martha Martinez of Pueblo, CO and Marie Edwards of Rockville, MD; two brothers, Greg Apodaca and wife Victoria of Las Vegas, NM and Leroy Apodaca and wife Diane of Taos, NM; four grandchildren: Avary Apodaca, Jason Apodaca, Misty Croak, and Sarah Croak; and by four great-grandchildren: Anthony, Sabrina, Serena, and Devan Apodaca. He was born in Chaperito, New Mexico on May 24, 1924. He received his education here in Las Vegas and joined the Army Air Corps during World War II and then re-enlisted in the U. S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict and in Vietnam.. His specialty was a structural engineer and was also a courier for the Department of Defense. When he came out of the service, he was a bartender at the El Fidel Hotel and then later on was the postmaster at New Mexico Highlands University for 15 years. A life long catholic, he was an active member of Our Lady of Sorrows Church. He was a member of the San Juan Argonne Post #1547 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Post 24, and B. P. O. Elks Lodge #408. Joe loved his family and especially his grandchildren and enjoyed playing bingo. He was a daily visitor to his mother's grave at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. All services will be held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church with a rosary on Thursday evening at 7:00 p.m. and the Mass of Christian Burial on Friday at 9:00 a.m. Father Patrick Duffy will celebrate the Mass. The interment will follow at 11:30 a.m. in the Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the New Mexico Highlands University Foundation, Box 9000, Las Vegas, NM 87701 for a scholarship. Online memorials may be sent to the family at www.gonzalesfunerals.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Billy G. Rogers at Gonzales Funerals & Cremations, 2315 Hot Springs Blvd., 425-9319.
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