Teresita Bernal, 96, passed away July 28 in Belen. She was born on Nov. 10, 1919 in Manzano, to the late Andres and Aurelia (Chavez) Jaramillo. Teresita was a lifetime resident of New Mexico, and a member of the St. Alice Catholic Church as well as the St. Jude Prayer Group and Hospital. Teresita loved her chickens and the great outdoors and she loved her family. She was loving, sweet, courageous and very hard-working. She was so much more to those who knew her. We loved her so much and we will truly miss her with each sunrise that rises. Teresita was also preceded in death by her husband, Frank R. Bernal; daughter, Ermalinda Bernal; son, Edward Bernal; great-grandson, Kevin Revak as well as two brothers and five sisters. She is survived by her son, William Bernal of Punta De Agua; daughters and son-in-law, Eloise and Victor Pineda and Betty Bernal, all of Punta De Agua; and sister and brother-in-law, Juanita and Tino Martinez of Jarales. Teresita was blessed with seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. A Rosary was recited Aug. 2 at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Punta De Agua. A Celebration of Mass followed, with Father Bob Peccatiello officiating. Interment was at the Punta De Agua Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ronald Gutierrez, Michael Gonzales Jr., Nicholas Romero, Noah Plog, Alejandro Diaz and Robert Jaramillo. Honorary pallbearers were Floyd Jaramillo and Michael Gonzales Sr. Special thanks to all who cared for her throughout her journey.
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