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Mora County Notebook: Tony Pacheco celebrates his 89th birthday

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By Ruth Fort

Juan Antonio “Tony” Pacheco recently celebrated his 89th birthday with his brothers, their wives and their families, nephews, nieces and grand nephews and nieces at the Tilford Memorial building in Chacon. The memorial building was a fitting place for his celebration as he and his family were born and raised in Chacon and spent their early years at the Mission School.

Pacheco married the late Ofelia Romero Pacheco in the early ‘50s. They lived in Chacon for the majority of their lives. He was a rancher and worked in industry during World War ll. He also was a forest firefighter. Ofelia was a skilled homemaker, a good cook and had a productive garden. They would welcome their neighbors for goodies and coffee on a regular basis.

Currently, Pacheco lives at the Meadow Nursing Home in Las Vegas.
From the family of five brothers and three sisters Tony has two brothers still living, Andres in Mora and Samuel in Colorado Springs.

The birthday celebration was enjoyed by all attendees. Sylvia Pacheco, daughter of Andres and Eralia Pacheco, coordinated the affair in conjunction with her mother and father.

Medina family comes together

A large crowd of Medinas and ones who were in any way related gathered on Labor Day weekend to celebrate their heritage and renew their oneness as a clan.

The Community Center in Cleveland was the scene of much activity as the brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts and uncles gathered for their time together. Different families took turns supplying the meals. One meal was cooked in an horno the old-fashioned way.

Some games were planned. There was a hay ride and a campfire with singing and story telling. One of the things that is always included is educating the young members about their ancestry and history. That way they will know where they came from. One of the members brings old pictures to share. There have been several members of the family who have been ministers from the past and some in the present. They had a memorial service in the Holman Cemetery to remember the family members who have gone before them.

40 years of marriage

Recently Deacon Eloy and Anita Roybal celebrated 40 years of marriage with a Mass followed by a dinner dance at the VFW hall in Mora. It was hosted by their nine children and spouses.

Music was provided by their children, Mary Catherine on the piano and sons Matias and Gabriel playing guitars at the Mass. Father John McHugh, Father Dan and Deacon Ray officiated at the Mass.

All nine of the couple’s children, their grandchildren, were in attendance along with Eloy’s mother Juanita Roybal and Anita’s mother, Tillie Trujillo and her husband Sipriano Trujillo.

A special guest was Father Jim Flannigan, a priest formerly in Mora Valley and founder of the Most Holy Trinity in Holman.

The couple met at New Mexico Highlands University when they were both majoring in the music education program.

The couple was married on Aug. 13, 1971.

They have served in various capacities in education ranging from teacher, principal and superintendent. They have retired but keep busy with various activities in business, school and church.

They raised nine children who are all doing very well in their lives and careers. They are nurse, dietician, doctor, educators, engineers and an attorney.

Anita and Eloy wish to thank the people who came and gave cards, well wishes, blessings and prayers. They also want to thank those who set up, cleaned up and made the celebration a success.

Honoring our heroes

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 1131, Mora wants to remind the communities to fly their flags this month for all of these important dates-9/11 - 10th anniversary, Sept. 16 - POW/MIA Recognition Day, Sept. 20 - VFW Day as well as Gold Star Mothers Day. This is done to honor those who gave their lives defending our country.

There will be a Mass at at 9 a.m. on Sept. 25 at St. Gertrude’s Church to honor the POW, MIA, Gold Star Mothers and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, deceased and living.

Ruth Fort is a Mora County correspondent. She may be reached at (575) 387-6523 or ruthfortchacon@yahoo.com