1927-2016 Ernesto Cordova, age 88, a resident of La Joya, NM, peacefully passed away at home surrounded by family on Sunday, July 24, 2016. He was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church. Ernesto was a hard working Machinist for Sandia Labs and retired after 33 years of service. He served on many boards including the La Joya Community Development Association, the La Joya Acequia Board, and the La Joya Education and Charitable Organization. Ernesto is preceded in death by his parents Porfinio and Rebecca Cordova; brothers, Mariano, Ruben, Cesario, Francisco, and Sesario Cordova; sisters, Eluvina, Beaulah, and Alice; and children, Benjamin, Earl, and Esther Bonnie. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Stella Cordova; brothers, Leo and wife, Bernie Cordova, and Adelicio Cordova and wife, Millie; son, Ernest Cordova and his wife, Sarah; daughter, Priscilla and her husband, Roger May; daughter-in-law, Margaret Cordova; grandchildren, Dennis, Sara, David, Laura, Rebecca, Andrew, Melissa, Gianna, and Michael; and great-grandchildren, Serafin, Noah, Shanelle, Sharlet, Sofia and Kieran. Ernesto is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews. A public viewing will be held at 6:00 p.m., on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at Romero Funeral Home Chapel, with a rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. A final visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m., on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, with a funeral mass to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at La Joya Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers are grandsons, David, Andrew, and Michael; and nephews Edwin, Domingo, and Frank. Honorary Pallbearers will be brothers, Leo and Adelicio Cordova. The family of Ernesto would like to thank all who came to visit, bring food, and prayed for him. A special thank you to his home health aides, Melissa, Ariela, Andrew, and his nurses, Ida, Christie, and David. Please sign Ernesto‘s online tribute at www.romerofuneralhomenm.com Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St. Belen, NM.