Memorial Services are scheduled for 9:30 a.m., Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Assumption Catholic Church for Elias “Gilbert” Fierro, 69, of Chino, Calif., who passed away on Dec. 7, 2012. The Rev. Joseph Pacquing will officiate and an interment will follow in South Park Cemetery.
Gilbert was born on Jan. 12, 1943, to Joe and Elisabeth Fierro. His parents and grandmother Semona preceded him in death.
He served five years in the United States Navy, from 1960 to 1965. During this time, he met his future wife and best friend Julia Anita Apilado. They were married July 18, 1964. She survives him at the family home.
Gilbert is also survived by his only daughter Michele Nina (Fierro) Drvol, and one granddaughter Sirena Josephina Chavez, both of California. He also leaves behind sisters, Christine Archuleta, of Roswell, Teresa Taylor, of Prattville, Ala., Mary Flores, of Albuquerque, and Ruby Tillman, of Irving, Texas; brothers, John Fierro of Roswell, Rudy Teehee, of Albuquerque, and Danny Baiza, of Las Vegas, Nev., and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He worked for General Motors and Driftwood Dairies until he joined the Los Angeles Sheriff Department in 1970. He retired after being injured from the Sheriff’s Department in 1996. He was a loving husband and father and his whole life revolved around his family.
Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there. I did not die.
I am with you — listen to your heart.
Feel me in your thoughts and hear me in your prayers.
I’m in the air, in everything beautiful you see
I will always be – just look for me.
Don’t wonder what you are going to do
Because I will live on within you!