Cover photo for Joe Cipriano Mascarenas's Obituary
1928 Joe 2023

Joe Cipriano Mascarenas

December 14, 1928 — September 3, 2023

Joe Cipriano Mascarenas, 94, beloved father, son, grandfather, and spouse, was called to his eternal resting place on Sunday, September 3, 2023. He was surrounded by family and past away peacefully in his sleep. He entered this world on Friday, December 14, 1928 in La Placita, New Mexico, born to Juan Baptista and Simonita Mascarenas, now deceased. He is survived by his daughters: LouElla Mascarenas, Louise Sedillo, Nura English, and Judy Mascarenas; sons: Marvin, Joe Jr., Dennis, Nelson, Roland, now deceased; sister Ofelia Chavez; brothers Candido and Ambrose Mascarenas, wife (Mary), brothers Alfonso Mascarenas and Paul Mascarenas; and sister Fabiola M. Lea, deceased (survived by husband Cecil Lea).

Joe Cipriano was raised in Placitas, New Mexico. He then served in the Army from 1946 - 1947 in Manilla, Philippines. World War II. He received the The Victory Metal. Joe C. was married to his sweetheart, Porfira Mascarenas, of 70 years. They have 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Joe retired after 35 years as a miner, supervisor and superintendent. He had an excellent record without a lost time of accidents on site. Later he worked at the State Correction Facility and at the State Penitentiary as a sharp shooter. He had a great eye for detail and he liked to problem solve.

Joe loved to travel and visit different countries. He also loved to give a helping hand who needed assistance. He had a great sense of humor and was fair to all his employee's. He developed many long relationships because of his ability and gift to always make the other person feel important. He loved playing with his grandkids as often as he could. Dad was a hard-working father who supported a very large family of 9 siblings. This allowed our family to flourish and become responsible adults. He loved the outdoors, including fishing and hunting. He also loved animals, horses, goats and cattle. He had his favorite dog called Buddy, who was a little Yorkie. They became best of pals in his last years of his life. Dad was a member of the St. Bernadette Catholic Church for 55 years and rarely missed a Sunday service.

Services for Joe Cipriano Mascarenas:

Tuesday, September 12, 2023, 6:00 p.m. Viewing at FRENCH- Lomas.
Wednesday, September 13, 2023, 9:30 a.m. Rosary with a 10:00 a.m. Mass at The Shrine of Saint Bernadette, 11509 Indian School Rd NE, Albuquerque, N.M.
Following the Mass, there will be gathering at the hall for celebration.
Please come, have lunch, listen to music and share stories about our father, Joe C. Mascarenas.

To send flowers to the family in memory of Joe Cipriano Mascarenas, please visit our flower store.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Mountain time)

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