A rosary is scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday, May 24, 2012, at St. John’s Catholic Church, for Josephine Nelson Montoya, 86, who passed away Saturday, May 19, 2012, at her home. Funeral Mass will also be at St. John’s Catholic Church at 10 a.m., Friday, May 25, 2012, with the Rev. Juan Antonio Gutierrez officiating. Burial will follow in South Park Cemetery.
Josephine Nelson Montoya was born in Roswell, on Sept. 11, 1925. Her father Frank Nelson came from Sweden and made his way to Ft. Stanton and Lincoln in the early 1900s, where he met and married Ramona Zamora Padilla. Eventually, they made their way to the booming town of Roswell in 1919. Josephine grew up on Stanton Street near St. John’s Catholic Church, where their family name around the neighborhood was termed “Los Sweesos.” Josephine attended Roswell schools including Missouri Elementary, South Junior High and Roswell High School (she had a really cute Red & White cheer, to boot). She left Roswell during her high school years and moved to San Pedro, Calif., where she worked in the Long Beach shipyards during World War II. Josephine eventually returned to Roswell in the early 1940s and married Pete Trujillo Montoya after his return from the war. They made their home at 205 E. Van Buren St. They never moved from this home; and it still remains the family home.
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