Maria Fiel Alejandro Deitz, 56, passed away in Moriarty Aug. 3. She was born Oct. 13, 1960 in Camarines Sur in the Philippines. Maria Fiel lived in New Mexico for 23 years and worked at Wells Fargo for 18 years, with a majority of those being at the local Moriarty and Edgewood branches. She loved cooking, gardening and the outdoors. Maria Fiel was preceded in death by her father, Rudolfo Alejandro and brother, Rey Alejandro. She is survived by her mother, Felomina Alejandro of the Philippines; beloved husband, William Lozano of Moriarty; brothers, Rodel Alejandro, Rodolfo Alejandro Jr. and Rickie Alejandro, all of the Philippines; sisters, Francia Alejandro Benoza of the Philippines, Fe Alejandro Paja of the Philippines, Maria Fatima Alejandro Kubic of Los Alamos, Fely Alejandro Pellogo of the Philippines and Florida Eden Alejandro Ubando of the Philippines; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A viewing was held at Harris-Hanlon Mortuary in Moriarty Aug. 7. The Rosary was recited at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Edgewood Aug. 7, with the Celebration of Mass Aug. 8. Interment followed at the Guaje Pines Cemetery in Los Alamos.
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