Gonzales, Serafin, age 89, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in San Antonio, N.M. on July 15, 1923, to Isaias and Rumaldita Gomez Gonzales. Serafin was a lifelong resident of Socorro. He was a veteran of World War II, served in the Army and was stationed at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack. Serafin worked for the Bureau of Reclamation and retired in 1987 after 25 years of service. He was an avid baseball fan and especially enjoyed watching his favorite team, the Atlanta Braves. He was a devoted husband and family man and adored spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He enjoyed listening to the radio broadcasts of the Socorro Warriors games, especially when his grandchildren were playing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Nestor Gonzales. Serafin is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Manuela (Jaramillo) Gonzales; his daughter, Sylvia Vivian; his sons, Michael Gonzales, and Raymond Gonzales and companion, Lala Chavez; grandchildren, Tanya Gonzales and husband, Patrick Padilla, Duane Gonzales and wife, Sandra, Christine Gonzales, Michelle Gonzales and Brittney Romero and husband, Michael; great-grandchildren: Kendrick Padilla, Jaryn Gonzales, Jasmine Gonzales, Jayla Gonzales, Amiah Romero, Joaquin Gonzales and Nathaniel Gonzales. Visitation was held Thursday, Oct. 18, at Daniels Family Funeral Services — Socorro Chapel, 309 Garfield St., Socorro. The Holy Rosary was held Thursday, Oct. 18, at San Miguel Catholic Church, 403 El Camino Real, Socorro. Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated on Friday, Oct. 19, at San Miguel Catholic Church with Father Flavio Santillanes as Celebrant. Interment followed at San Miguel Catholic Cemetery, Socorro with military honors. Pallbearers were be Duane Gonzales, Kendrick Padilla, Jaryn Gonzales, Michael Romero, Patrick Padilla, John Silva, Richard Jaramillo, and Bobby Jaramillo. Honorary Pallbearers are Dominic Chavez, Anthony Recio, Alex Jaramillo, and Roy Jaramillo. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Serafin’s care has been entrusted to Daniels Family Funeral Services, 309 Garfield St. Socorro, N.M. 87801, 835-1530.
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