Graveside services are scheduled for 2:00 P.M., on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at South Park Cemetery for Michael La Bella, age 59, of Roswell, who passed away on February 11, 2014 in Lubbock, Texas. Father Josh Duplissey of Assumption Catholic Church will officiate.
Michael was born on February 21, 1954 in Boston, Massachusetts to Rose Martelli. She has preceded him in death.
He graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales with a Bachelor’s Degree in History. He spent four years in the United States Army. Before his retirement, he worked for the Roswell Police Department for 20 years, and at the same time, spent 11 years in the Army Reserves as a Captain.
He is survived by; sister: Sandy Grice and her husband Wade of Red Bay, Florida; his aunt: Grace Martelli of Las Vegas, Nevada; cousins: Diane Ruggiero of Roswell, Lisa Martelli of New Hampshire, and Maria Gauvreau of California; nephew: Jason Grice of Atlanta, Georgia; nieces: Tracy Grice of Santa Rosa Beach, Florida and Tonya Little and husband Charlie of Mary Ester, Florida; also numerous friends.
Pallbearers will be George Escalante, John Homer, Leo Lopez, Ray Mounts, Mike Jurecek, and Richard Lucero.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society: 1050 Montgomery Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 8711.
Friends may leave condolences online at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com.
Arrangements are under the directions and personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel.