Alfonso Baltazar Manzanares journeyed back to his Creator on April 19, 2021 where he was greeted by his wife Lilly Manzanares of 67 years; his parents Adelaido and Adelaida Trujillo Manzanares; his brothers, Leonardo, Alejandro and Epimenio; his sisters, Anita, Gavinita, Cresenciana, Loreta and Margarita; great-grandson, Isaac and Daughter-in-law, Janie.
Born on November 11, 1918 in Canjilon, New Mexico, Alfonso lived a full and colorful life of 102 years. He experienced and witnessed many things. As a young man he herded sheep and worked on the family farm. In his teen years, he worked on the Frijoles Canyon (Bandelier National Monument) project with the Civilian Conservation Corps. He was very proud of his WWII Army service in Okinawa and Guam.
In 1957, he and his family moved to Albuquerque, where he worked in the plumbing industry and belonged to the Labor Union Local 16. After retirement, Alfonso was one of the early members of the 4th Street Senior Citizen’s Center. He loved socializing, playing pool and poker with his buddies, and enjoyed belonging to the fishing club—though the fish he caught were given to friends. Unfortunately, his participation dwindled as his health declined, but the Center was always close to his heart.
Alfonso was a strong man with a gentle spirit who loved his children and grandchildren. His smile, the sparkle in his eyes, and the stories he told (some actually happened) will be greatly missed by his children: Sister Madeleva ccvi, Alfonso Jr., Gloria and spouse Dottie, Ramon and wife Darlene, his grandchildren, Teresa, Dominic, John, Jude and wife Allie, Angelica, Julia, Maria Elena and husband James; great grand children, Marcus Brown, Angelique Manzanares Romero, Senaida Torres, Christopher Manzanares, and Monet Manzanares Villa as well as numerous nephews, nieces, “parientes” and friends.
Hasta que nos encontramos de vuelta querido Papa. May he rest in the arms of his creator
May 3, 2021
Viewing will be from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Rosary recited by Los Hermanos de La Morada de Arriba (Canjilon) at 7:00 pm
1100 Coal Ave SE
May 4, 2021
Mass of Sending Forth 10:00 am
Celebrated by Fr. Broussard
Immaculate Conception Church
619 Copper Ave NW
Interment will follow at 1:30 pm at the Santa Fe National Cemetery
Service presided by Deacon Don Roseborough
501 N Guadalupe St
Santa Fe NM
Pall Bearers are Bailon Montano, Isaac Lovato, David Manzanares, Maria Elena Sandoval, Dominic Manzanares, and John Manzanares
In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a contribution to a charity of your choosing.
Due to the limitations of COVID-19 the family deeply regrets not being able to offer a reception to celebrate Alfonso’s life and to share memories.
In the interest of everyone’s health and keeping in mind that we are responsible for each other, please wear a face mask and keep a social distance.
The family would like to extend their grateful appreciation to the wonderful staff of the VA Hospital, Hospice Ambercare personnel who took such good care and supported Alfonso and the family. God’s blessings be yours as you continue caring for others.