Jose, 95, of Santa Fe, born on April 8, 1924 to Manuel and Cleofas Quintana. On February 7, 2020, he was reunited with his parents, his siblings Virginia, Dennis, Leo, Manuel Jr., his son Joey, and his grandson Wayne.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Flora, of 68 years, his daughters Viola (John), Lucille, and Mary Lou (Henry), his grandsons Arthur (Deandra) and James, his great grandchildren Genessy, Monique, Amancio, and many other relatives
We celebrate his amazing life! He was a self-made man who loved to learn new things. He painted with Tommy Macione, Learned to weave with the Ortega’s from Chimayo, welder, wood carver, musician, a silversmith, but loved gardening the most. He grew vegetables, fruit and of course Chimayo Chile and made his own ristras.
When he was 16, he had to quit school to work the family farm to provide food for his mother and younger siblings. The winters were spent in Colorado working in a sugar refinery or California working in the shipyards for money to buy the things the family needed or couldn’t grow.
He worked a variety of jobs, sometimes two or three at a time, and retired from the State Highway Department. After retirement, he was a valued volunteer at the Salvation Army and the Food Depot.
He was honorable, quick to laugh, got along with everyone young and old. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandsons. He would get on the floor and play with them when they were young. The kids thought grampa was one of them.
Rosary will be recited at Berardinelli Family Funeral Service at 6pm on Wednesday, February 12th. Funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, February 13th at Cristo Rey Church at 11am. Burial will follow at the La Puebla Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers, Henry Trujillo, Manuel Quintana IV, Arthur Pacheco, James Trujillo, Fred Trujillo, Johnny Sisneros, Johnny Ray Sisneros, Adam Trujillo.
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