Arel­lano, Leo

Albuquerque Journal - - OBITUARIES -

Leo Arel­lano, 93, died on Sept. 9, 2017, in his Al­bu­querque home with wife of 70 years, Mar­jorie, and chil­dren gath­ered around. Arel­lano was born in 1923 in south­ern Colorado. His fa­ther, Felipe, was a share­crop­per who died when Leo was 7 years old. His mother, Mag­dalena, be­came a com­mu­nity leader in the north­ern New Mex­ico town of Cos­tilla, hold­ing sewing cir­cles dur­ing the era of FDR’s New Deal. Mag­dalena died seven years af­ter Felipe, leav­ing Leo and his sib­lings or­phaned dur­ing the depths of The Great De­pres­sion. Arel­lano served in the U.S. Army Air Corp, 9th Air Force, from 1942 to 1945 and later worked 32 years for San­dia Na­tional Lab­o­ra­to­ries. Yet those ac­com­plish­ments pale in com­par­i­son to his role as fam­ily man. "We mar­veled that he knew how to be such a wise and lov­ing dad when he had lost his own fa­ther so young," the fam­ily states.

Arel­lano is sur­vived by wife, Mar­jorie; chil­dren, Patty (and Mori) [Ja­fari], Bobbi Arel­lano, Janet (and Paul) [Mon­toya], Larry (and An­gela) [Arel­lano], Roma Arel­lano (and Jim) [Ran­som], all of Al­bu­querque; and nine grand­chil­dren and ten great-grand­chil­dren. Arel­lano is also sur­vived by brother Ne­mey Arel­lano.

Ser­vices will be held Mon­day, Sept. 18, 2017, at San Felipe de Neri Church in Old Town. Eu­logy is at 9:15 a.m., Rosary at 9:30 a.m., Mass at 10:00 a.m. Burial will fol­low at Vista Verde Me­mo­rial Park at 4310 Sara Rd., Rio Ran­cho. In lieu of flow­ers, please make a do­na­tion in Leo Arel­lano’s name to the San Felipe de Neri Build­ing Fund. For full obit­u­ary go to WWW.daniels­fu­ner­ Daniels Fam­ily Funeral Ser­vices 4310 Sara Rd. Rio Ran­cho, NM 87124

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