Our family comes together once again in profound sadness and pain in our hearts to part with one of our beloved; Gilbert Garduno. We also come together in joy to celebrate his life as he makes his journey home to dwell in the heavenly kingdom of Our Lord, and to join the rest of our departed family members. What a joyous and love-filled reunion awaits him. Those who remain behind will find solace, peace, and comfort by recalling to memory his cheerfulness, good humor, thoughtfulness, kindness, and artistic ability. His optimism was contagious. He was sure to make one feel better and happier for being in his presence. We are also comforted to know we will meet again. Adios! Gilbert Rafael Garduno of Las Vegas, New Mexico was called to eternal rest Saturday, August 13, 2011. Gilbert was born January 9, 1951 to Geronimo Garduno and Antonia Garcia Garduno. Paternal grandparents are Pedro Garduno and Adela Lucero; maternal grandparents are Higinio Garcia and Valeria Montano, all of Chaperito, NM. He is predeceased by his parents and grandparents; brothers Pete, Juan, Jerry, and Leo Garduno; sisters Isabel G. Chavez, Edwina Cristela Garduno, and Maria Elena Montoya; sisters-in-law Gertrude Dominguez Garduno and Beatriz Martinez Garduno. He is also preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law: Max and Nellie Herrera. Gilbert is survived by his beloved daughter Judy Garduno Gallegos and husband Anthony Gallegos of Rio Rancho, NM; his beloved son Dennis Garduno and wife Corazon Garduno. His grandchildren Emilie Gallegos, Stephanie Gallegos and Mario Maes will always have happy memories of the laughter and playfulness of their grandfather. Also surviving are his brothers and sisters and their families: Ray Garduno and wife Andrea, Alice Gallegos and husband Donald, Viola Garduno, Antonio Garduno, Daniel Garduno and wife Antonia, Edwina Gallegos, Joe Garduno, Rose Ann Trujillo, and Rose Mary Garduno all of Las Vegas, NM, Della Gonzales and husband Rosalio of Arlington, TX, Lorraine Hernandez and husband Fred of Pueblo, CO; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Manuel Chavez and Carlos Montoya of Las Vegas, Elma Garduno of Thornton, CO, and Patricia Garduno of Los Lunas, NM. He is also survived by the mother of his children, Emily Pacheco. Also surviving are his nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews that already have many fond memories of their Uncle Gilbert because each one of them was “my favorite”. Survivors include his God children Lisa Chavez, Eric Apodaca, and Melissa Trujillo and all the extended members of the Herrera family. Rosary services will be conducted Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 7:00 pm at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. Funeral mass will be Thursday, August 18, 2011 at 9:00 am at Our Lady of Sorrows Church with Father C. John Brasher as celebrant. Burial will follow at San Jose Cemetery with the following nephews serving as casket bears: John Baca, Orlando Chavez, Timothy Gallegos, Christy Garduno, Danny Garduno and Martin Gonzales. Friends and family are being received at the home of Viola Garduno at Storrie Project on the McAllister Road please call 429-0319 for directions. In lieu of flowers, the Garduno family would like you to make donations to the Our Lady of Sorrows Church heating and air conditioning fund. Please visit our website: www.rogersmortuarynm.com to sign our online register book. Arrangements are under the direction of Rogers Mortuary, Las Vegas, NM, 1-800-479-3511 or 505-425-3511.