Viterbo J. Anaya, 87, passed away June 4 in Albuquerque. He was born June 28, 1930, to the late Juan Rafael and Marcofla Anaya. He was a lifetime resident of New Mexico. He was a logger in Eagle Nest and worked on the railroad tracks. He was a member of the labor union and worked construction for many years until he retired, and still continued working selling firewood, landscaping boulders and if he would’ve tried he could have sold you the shoes you were wearing on your feet. He worked many other jobs, too many to mention. His work ethic was extraordinary. His faith was strong. His love was never ending. He always made sure that his wife, children and grandchildren were well taken care of. He had a witty sense of humor. He was a man of honor. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Viterbo is survived by his wife of 67 years, Plajeres; their children Betty and husband Jerry Montoya, Robert and wife Flora Anaya, Emma and husband Cecil Chavez, Frank Anaya, Sandra Anaya, Antonette Anaya and fiancé Pablo Montoya; grandchildren, Rudy, Bradley and Desiree Lesperance, Anna, Thomas, Amaya and Ashia Ware, Peggy and Chris Kettle, Jerry, Emilia, Augustine and Asha Montoya, Isidro, Jessica, Nathaniel and Mathew Montoya, Gerald, Geraldine, Catherine and Michael Anaya, Florian, Kori, Parker, Esmae and Haven Anaya, Emily and Anthony Zamora, Francisco Anaya and Jason Quintana. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Annabel Lesperance and granddaughter Vanessa Anaya; his parents Juan RaFael and Marcofla Anaya; brothers, Diego Sanchez, Olivero Anaya, Herman and wife Amy Anaya; sisters, Irene and husband Pete Vigil, Mary and husband Louie Hidalgo, Leandrita and husband Neal Lance; and nieces and a nephew. A funeral service was held June 8 at the San Antonio Catholic Church in Tajique, with the Rosary and the Celebration of Mass, with Father Lancaster officiating. Pallbearers were Rudy, Jerry, Isidro, Gerald, Florian, Francisco and Jason. Honorary pallbearers were Cecil Chavez, Pablo Montoya and Jerry Montoya Sr. Burial was at the San Antonio Catholic Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to Harris Hanlon Mortuary in Moriarty.
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