A rosary will be recited for Manuel Z. Archuleta, 75, of Roswell, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. The Mass of Resurrection will be held at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at Assumption Catholic Church, with Rev. Joseph Pacquing officiating. Burial will follow in South Park Cemetery. Manuel passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2013, at his home.
Manuel was born Dec. 29, 1937, to George and Aurora Archuleta in Roswell.
Those left to cherish his memory are his children, Becky Aguilar and her husband Stephen of Roswell and their daughter Alexis Nichole Aguilar; his son Michael Archuleta of Roswell and his children, Michael Brandon Archuleta, Tanner Cole Archuleta, Colton Boe Archuleta, Makayla Dawn Archuleta and Garrett James Archuleta; great-grandson Javier Salas-Archuleta; his siblings, George Archuleta and his wife Mary of Roswell, Geneva Trujillo of Carson, Calif., and John Archuleta and his wife Christine of Roswell; mother of his children Ernestine Torrez of Roswell as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Aurora Archuleta; three sisters, Pauline Brady, Beatrice Aguilar and Mary Nieto; three brothers, Jesse Archuleta, Jimmy Archuleta and Benny Archuleta.
On Tuesday, April 2, Manuel went to spend his last days at home with the two people he cherished the most: his children, Michael and Becky. They provided him loving care up until the moment he passed. On April 14, 2013, Manuel went to Heaven to meet his Lord and Savior after battling a long, terminal illness. He was surrounded by his children and loved ones who are relieved that his suffering is over.
Manuel loved his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews dearly. One of his favorite pastimes was spending Saturday mornings with his best friend and brother John Archuleta. Manuel could be seen fishing, hunting and golfing with his family and friends. He also enjoyed picking and shelling pecans and keeping them on hand for his family when they needed them. Watching college and professional sports on television was another thing he loved to do. He also loved sharing his deep faith in God with all he came in contact with. He was known as the local neighborhood bike fixer and received the Keep Roswell Beautiful Neighborhood Yard Award. He especially loved his and Ernestine’s favorite niece and goddaughter Laurie “Hito” Jerge who has always been there for them since her birth. He will be forever grateful for the love and friendship shared with the mother of his children.
Manuel served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Kidd as a deck hand stationed out of San Diego from Jan. 31, 1956 until Jan. 30, 1962. He worked for Auto Supply, Denio’s, Pepsi Cola Co., Car Quest and finally Roswell Ford as a parts specialist for 20 years.
Michael and Becky would like to give special thanks to their employers: Leprino Foods and NMDOT for allowing them the opportunity to take as much time as they needed with their father in his last days. The family appreciates the Roswell Fire Department and Superior Ambulance Co. for always coming out when needed. The ICU nursing staff of ENMMC went beyond the call of duty, especially Cory Petersen, Dr. Jay Bishop, Dr. Castro and Dr. Mohamed for showing love and compassion to Manuel in his time of need. Gratitude also goes to Frances, RN and Rebecca, nursing assistant of Roswell Hospice who kept him comfortable and well taken care of. Thank you Uncle Arch and Auntie Chris for showing Daddy so much love. Uncle George, we appreciate you keeping Dad so handsome. Thank you to Rev. Gerry Chavez of Christ Church for his numerous visits to the hospital and home to provide prayer to Manuel and to Fr. Joe and Karen Lupien of Assumption Church for their many prayers. Also, to neighbor Jose Serrano, thank you for watching over Manuel and his property. Special thanks to all of the people who visited, prayed and brought food during this difficult time.
Pallbearers will be John Archuleta Jr., John Jerge, Jose Serrano, Art Torrez, Michael Brandon Archuleta, Stephen Aguilar, Tanner Archuleta and Richard Torrez. Honorary pallbearers will be all of Manuel’s grandchildren.
Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories with the family in the online register at andersonbethany.com.
Services are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.
God saw he was getting tired,
And a cure was not to be.
Though he put his arms around him
And whispered, come with me,
With tearful eyes we watched him suffer
And watched him fade away.
Although we loved him dearly,
We couldn’t make him stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
Hardworking hands put to rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.