A rosary is scheduled for 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, at St. John’s Catholic Church for Andres Sandoval Garcia, 77, who passed away Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, in Roswell. A funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, at St. John’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Gonzalo Moreno officiating. Burial will follow in South Park Cemetery.
Andres was born Oct. 16, 1935, in Rio Grande, Zacatecas, Mexico, to Natividad Lopez Garcia and Soledad Sandoval Garay. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Adela Garcia; brother Rosalio (Chalo) Garcia; and brother Modesto S. Garcia of Tehachapi, Calif.
Surviving him are his wife Rosa M. Garcia; and his children, Rosario Jimenez and husband Arthur, Javier Garcia and wife Monica, Miguel R. Garcia, Cande Sarellano and husband Pedro, and Gabriela G. Wilson, all of Roswell, Susana Guzman and husband Juan, of Kingman, Ariz., Inez Sanchez and husband Lonnie, of Golden Valley, Ariz., Andres II Garcia and wife O’Shanna, of Roswell, Andrea Velasco, of Roswell, and Mario Garcia, of Roswell; stepchildren, Angelica Sertuche, of Colorado, Pat Sertuche, of El Paso, and Alex Sertuche, of Roswell; sisters, Conception Garcia, of Las Cruces, and Cruz Alvidres, of Roswell; brothers, Manuel Garcia, of Roswell, Alberto Garcia, of Texas, Rosalio A. Garcia, of Roswell, and Gerardo Garcia, of Roswell; first nephew Joe Mendez and wife Anitta; 37 grandchildren, Raquel Villa, Joe Villa, Matthew Garcia, Sandy Garcia, Gabriel Garcia, Cesar Garcia, Aron Sarellano, Pete Sarellano, Antonio Sarellano, Luis Andres Sarellano, Belen Sarellano, Tomas Sarellano, Juan De Dios Guzman, Isabel Barrios, Julian Guzman, Christina Sanchez, Luke Sanchez, Aaron Sanchez, Jackie Garcia, Andres III Garcia, Isabel Garcia, Analicia Garcia, Gabriel Garcia, Monique Garcia, Michael Velasco, Cassandra, Selina and Gustavo Sertuche, Keanu Torres, Gilbert Vale, Jose Sembrano, Erica Sembrano, and Diana Mendoza; and 14 great-grandchildren, Emily and Michael Stephens, Stephanie Villa, Jade Garcia, Mercelles, Aron, Angel Sarellano, Maribel Barrios, Levi Salyandia and Johnny, Dominica, Luciano, Lucius, Sertuche, and Alexis Sembrano.
He is also survived by his first wife Maria R. Garcia.
Andres moved from Rio Grande to Tehachapi to work for Southern Pacific Railroad for seven years. Andres moved to Roswell in 1962. He started working for the city of Roswell Street Department in 1963, where he started mowing grass and worked for 27 years, until he retired in 1990 as a foreman with his own crew. He was an active member at St. John’s Catholic Church. Andres enjoyed recycling and being with family. He loved hunting and driving, never missing an opportunity to give anyone a life lesson. Andres was a loving father who will be dearly missed.
Serving as pallbearers are Joe Mendez Jr., Joe Villa, Matthew Garcia, Cesar Garcia, Juan De Dios Guzman, Andres III Garcia, Pete Sarellano and Antonio Sarellano.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Ballard Funeral Home and Crematory. An online registry can be accessed at ballardfuneralhome.com.