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Vicente Maes

November 21, 1933 — July 30, 2023

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, and friend. Vicente Maes returned Home on Sunday, July 30, 2023, in Albuquerque, NM surrounded by his family.

He leaves behind his beautiful wife of 63 years and love of his life, Angelica Clouthier Maes. Their eight children and spouses, Gerald (spouse, Diana Garcia), Mike, Connie (spouse, Mike Eras), Olivia (spouse, Jeff Uzueta), Anna, Martin (spouse, Bianca Montoya), Arthur (spouse, Adriana Jimenez) and Anthony (spouse, Stacey Shiplet). He was a proud grandfather to grandchildren, Nic (spouse, Alana Hodge), Modesta, Marcos, Veronica (spouse, Kaleb Blacklock), Daniel, Alissa, Raquel, Brianna, Austin, Ava, Angelina, Ashleigh, Luke, Mikey, Lexi, Ashley, and great-grandchildren, Isaac, Saraya, Lilyana and Elliana. He will be greatly missed by numerous nieces and nephews and special family friends Michelle and Josh Perea.

Born to Jose Maria Maes and Emilia Espinoza Maes in Wagon Mound, NM. Vicente was the youngest of 9 children; whom he now joins Eternal Life.

He was a devout Catholic and active member of Holy Ghost Catholic Parish in Albuquerque, NM. Also, a proud Trojan, he graduated from Wagon Mound High School in 1952 and attended Highlands University. While working full-time, he earned his associate degree in accounting from then TVI (now Central New Mexico Community College) in 1970. Vicente served his country in the military, from 1955-1957, becoming Sergeant in his time in the service. Following, he spent his career working as a Renal Dialysis Technician at both the Veteran’s hospital and St. Joseph’s hospital in Albuquerque.

Vicente was a very humble man of faith, love, selflessness and humor. He enjoyed watching basketball and horse races, fishing, camping trips, playing the guitar, singing and dancing. He enjoyed the daily newspaper, there was not a crossword puzzle he didn’t solve. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who put his family first in everything he did. He was happiest when he was surrounded by his family and was always his grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s biggest supporter at various sports and activities.

It is said, “grief is the price we pay for love.” Although Vicente’s absence will be felt forever more, his family has peace knowing he has been made whole again and is dancing in Heaven. Heaven re-gained one of God’s greatest creations, who leaves behind a legacy of love, a life of service and countless memories that those who were touched by him will cherish forever.

2 Timothy 4:7-8

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day.”

Rosary will be held on Friday, August 4, 2023, at 9:30 a.m., followed by a funeral mass at 10:00 a.m., Holy Ghost Catholic Parish, 833 Arizona Street SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108. Reception following.

A burial with Military Honors will be held on Monday, August 7, 2023, at 2:00 p.m., at the Santa Fe National Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM.

The family extends their gratitude to the doctors and nurses at Presbyterian hospital in Albuquerque for their care and compassion.

Pallbearers will be Alfred Romero Jr., Albert Valdez Jr., Charlie Gabaldon, Danny Maes, Nic Zamora,

Marcos Roybal, Isaac Molina Jr., Austin Maes. Honorary Pallbearers will be Luke Vigil, and Josh Perea.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the NM Kidney Foundation.

To send flowers to the family in memory of Vicente Maes, please visit our flower store.

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Friday, August 4, 2023

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Reception

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Monday, August 7, 2023

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