Richard Otero and his beloved wife Mabel Metzgar Otero passed away together on September 17, 2022. They were married January 2, 1951, at San Felipe Church in Old Town, Albuquerque NM. After 71 years of marriage, they both went to the Lord together.
Both Richard and Mabel were born and raised in Albuquerque's South Valley where they also raised five children. Richard was retired from Mountain States Sporting Goods and Mabel was retired from the Popcorn Cannery.
Richard was a U.S. Veteran having served in both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Army. He bravely fought in the Korean War. Mabel was a homemaker enjoying cooking and spending time with her family and their many activities. Mabel and Richard especially enjoyed attending their grandchildren's many sporting activities and school functions. They enjoyed traveling together and traveling with the family.
They were preceded in death by their beloved daughter, Susan Berg. They are survived by their loving children, Richard and wife Lori Otero, Janet and husband Harold Ortiz, Michael and wife Ruby Otero, and Carl and wife Ruth Otero; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren. Mabel is also survived by her loving sister, Lucy Metzgar Lopez.
Pallbearers will be: Richard Otero, Nathan Lentz, Brian Ortiz, Roger Santacruz, David Bishop, Michael Otero, Isaac Otero, Adán Salas, Jeremy Otero, Brandon Otero, Matthew Otero and Jason Montoya.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at St. Anne's Catholic Church (1400 Arenal Rd. SW). Rosary at 8:15 a.m. and Mass to follow at 9:00 a.m. Interment will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery (1900 Edith Blvd. NE). Celebration of Life will immediately follow at American Legion, Post 13; 1201 Legion Rd. NE, Albuq. NM 87102.