Elegant 06

Rufina "Zella" Alderete

June 19, 1933 ~ June 23, 2020 (age 87)

Obituary

Rufina Zella Lorella Gonzales Alderete, age 87, passed away on June 23, 2020.  Zella was born in Lemitar New Mexico, June 19, 1933. She shared 54 years of marriage to Jose Alderete.. She is survived by her children, daughter Lorella (Bill Chavez,) son Rocco Alderete, daughter Mela  (Dale Straley), son Joel Alderete, and daughter Joella (Drew Livesey), 11 grandchildren; Tony, Zac, Rebecca, Monica,  Desi, DJ Carissa, Chad, Chris, Cael, Skyler, Corbin, 14 great-grandchildren; Brandon, Anthony, Jordan, Tristen, Logan, Raymond, Ryan, Mari-Jo, Mia, Madilyn, Joseph, Kenneth, Damian and Isaac and, two great-great grandchildren; Ruby and Amery.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Jose Alderete, parents Rufina and Antonio Gonzales, and her siblings Reynaldo, Mela, Angela, Antonio, and Militon. Zella was proud to be a New Mexican, proud of her Spanish heritage and she loved the desert. She would visit her youngest daughter in Portland frequently and as beautiful as the Pacific Northwest is, it did not compare to her beloved desert. She loved her family deeply, had a strong connection with the history of her family and loved to share stories about her loved ones, past and present. She loved her son-in-law’s like they were her very own sons and all her grandchildren had a special place in her heart. She was a devout Catholic and highly active, until she could no longer do so, supporting her hometown church La Sagrada Familia as well as San Miguel in Socorro, NM. So many have asked to attend the services.  Zella was genuinely loved by all.  No matter where she went, she was sure to know someone. Rosary to be recited on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 9:30 am at the La Familia Sagrada Catholic Church, Calle de Lemitar, Lemitar, New Mexico with a Mass immediately following at 10:00 am with Father John Anasiudu presiding. A private burial will take place at the Lemitar Cemetery following service. Due to the COVID situation, services will be held for immediate family only. So many people have called asking to participate.  If you wish to participate, we are hoping that cars line up from the church on the side of the road at 10:30am on the way to cemetery as a tribute to Zella. If you are unable to attend, please pray the rosary at 9:30am on June 30th with us from the safety of your home. Zella would love that. Pallbearers will be Bill Chavez, Cael Alderete, Dale Straley, Tony Chavez, Zac Chavez, Desi Perea, DJ Perea, and Brandon Chavez.  Honorary pallbearers are Rebecca Espinoza, Monica  Morales, and Carissa Straley. In lieu of flowers donations may be given in Rufina 's honor to her beloved churche, La Familia Sagrada at San Miguel. To view information or leave a condolence, please visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Zella's care has been entrusted to:  
Daniels Family Funeral Services
309 Garfield St
Socorro, NM 87801
575-835-1530

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Services

Rosary
Tuesday
June 30, 2020

9:30 AM
Lemitar Catholic Church
Calle De Lemitar
Lemitar, New Mexico 87823

Mass
Tuesday
June 30, 2020

10:00 AM
Lemitar Catholic Church
Calle De Lemitar
Lemitar, New Mexico 87823

Private Interment

Lemitar Cemetery

Lemitar, NM 87823

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