Victoria Rael, Age :91

Nov 30,1927---Jul 05,2019


Victoria Rael, 91 was born November 30, 1927 in La Loma, NM and passed away on July 5, 2019. This was First Friday, associated with Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (which she had).  She was the widow of Raymond Rael Jr., who preceded her in death on September 24, 2014.  Victoria passed away peacefully, (with her daughter, Anna at her side, after suffering from a ruptured abdominal aneurism).  She had been a resident of Albuquerque for approximately 73 years.


She was very small woman in stature, but had a very big heart.  She loved God and loved the Catholic Church.  This obviously stemmed from her upbringing with a very devoted Catholic mother, Teresita Salas, who mom said on several occasions that Grandfather Jose Nestor Garcia drove Bishop Lamy, the first Bishop of NM around in a horse buggy.


After making Albuquerque her home, Victoria attended college at Highlands University and graduated with an
associate degree in social work.  She continued her education at UNM in Albuquerque. 


She was President of the Legon of Mary at Holy Family Parish Catholic Church where she devoted herself to corporal works of mercy within her community and neighborhood.


Because her husband had polio, and Victoria being a devoted wife, who assisted him throughout many challenges in his life associated with his jewelry business.  She would help him cut the grass, trim, and rake – sweep and clean.  She was also very active in gardening and being outdoors.  She was always working toward providing for the family.


When relaxing at home and family or friends came to visit, she would love to recall stories from the past.  stories of great aunts and uncles – sisters, Jerry, and the community she grew up in.  


She would also brag about her children and grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  By listening to her bragging, you would think that all of us would be Nobel Peace Prize winners already!


She had the heart of a servant.  She was most comfortable in her role as serving her husband (and sometimes not), and after he passed away, she served all who visited.   She didn’t leave the house much, but that was her way – she was a home-body.  She participated in The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on television and also liked to watch her westerns, game shows, and novelas.


Victoria is survived by her three children; Theresa Martin (widowed), Howard Rael and wife, Debbie, and Anna Gutierrez and husband Steve. 16 grandchildren; Tamara and her husband Chris Wood, Monica Romero, Donna Romero and David Romero; Joshua, Jacob, and wife Erika, Anne-Marie Terese and Jordan Rael; Aaron, Isaiah, Matthew, Elijah, Victoria, Jonathan and Hannah Gutierrez; as well as three great-grandchildren Eden Martinez, Raymond and Alejandro Wood. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be at 9:20 a.m. on Saturday, July 13th  at St. Anne Catholic Parish, 1400 Arenal Road SW in Albuquerque, where a Communion Mass will follow at 10:00 a.m.  Immediately following the Rosary and Communion Service, a reception will be held in the Parish Hall.  Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday July 15th at Pajarito Cemetery. Officiating will be 
Deacon   LeFevre.


We all are going to miss her immensely and will always remember her amazing smile. Arrangements entrusted to Riverside Funeral Home, 225 San Mateo NE, (505) 764-9663



Elizabeth (Aragon) Chavez Jul 12 ,2019

Family Friend ,Rio Rancho ,New Mexico

Theresa, Howard and Anna, on behalf of the Aragon Family "our deepest condolence on the loss of your mom, such a beautiful and sweet Angel of God. All the choirs in heaven must be rejoicing to have one of their own back home. May she rest in peace. May our Lord Jesus Christ along with our blessed mother Mary bring you and your families peace and comfort during this difficult time". Elizabeth, Yolanda, Arthur & Paul Aragon