Vidal Maestas, 95, passed away Dec. 10 in Moriarty. He was born July 22, 1920, to the late Juan Isidro and Elviria (Martinez) Maestas in Los Brazos. Vidal was an extremely hard worker and very loyal. In both his work and home life he always went above and beyond the call of duty. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served his country in World War II in Rhineland, Central Europe and received the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, as well as the Victory Medal. Vidal was a devout Catholic and member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Moriarty. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia Maestas; brother, Jose Maestas; sisters, Adelina Martinez and Betty Romero and granddaughter, Michelle Apodaca. Vidal is survived by his daughter, Margie and Isidro Garcia of Moriarty; grandchildren, Jose Delacruz and Cristina Garcia of Moriarty, Lisa and John Coriz of Albuquerque, Audra and Simon Masih of Rio Rancho, and Erica and Justin Williams of Edgewood; grandson-in-law, Mark Apodaca, as well as several nieces, nephews and friends. Vidal was blessed with 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services are scheduled Dec. 21, at the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church. The viewing will be at 9 a.m., followed by the reciting of the Rosary at 9:30 a.m., with celebration of Mass at 11 a.m. Internment will follow at 2:15 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jose Delacruz Garcia, Simon Masih, Justin Williams, John Coriz, Alicia Chavez and Francisco “Pancho” Sandoval. Honorary pallbearers are all of Vidal’s great-grandchildren. Arrangements were entrusted to Harris-Hanlon Mortuary.
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