William M. Burrola
GALLUP — Services for William M.
Burrola, 79, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 4, at Sacred
Heart Cathedral. Father Jim Walker will officiate. Burial will
follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Visitation will be held at 11 a.m. today at
A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. tonight at
Sacred Heart Cathedral.
Burrola died April 30 in Albuquerque. He was
born June 25, 1921, in Tokay.
Burrola served in the U.S. Army during World
War II. He was a prisoner of war from April 8, 1941, until
liberated Aug. 15, 1945, enduring the Bataan Death March and
imprisoned in the Philippines until Sept. 1942. The prisoners
were then taken in convoy to China and Japan. He remained a
prisoner in Mukden, Manchuria, until Aug. 15, 1945.
Burrola was employed by Fort Wingate Ordnance
Depot as a firefighter from 1947 until retirement as assistant
fire chief on June 30, 1973. He was a member of the American
X-POW, Bataan Veterans Organization, American Defenders of
Bataan and Corregidor, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of
Foreign Wars, American Veterans, American Legion, Knights of
Columbus and Sacred Heart Cathedral parish.
Survivors include his wife, Sally Burrola of
Gallup; sons, Arthur Burrola and Tony Burrola, both of Gallup;
daughters, Lisa Burrola and Rosemary Chavez, both of Gallup, and
Virginia Gabaldon of Albuquerque; brother, Dan Burrola of
Corrales; sisters, Mary Burrola and Natcha Madero, both of
Albuquerque; 24 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.
Burrola was preceded in death by his parents,
Valentin and Guillerma Burrola; daughter, Mary Burrola;
brothers, George Burrola, Joe Burrola, and Nick Burrola; one
grandchild and one great-grandchild.
Pallbearers will be Bryan Burrola, Geoff
Burrola, Pat Chavez, Ramon Chavez, Rick Chavez, Ricky Chavez,
Robert Gabaldon and Michael Velasquez.
Donations may be made to RMCH Auxiliary, 1900
Red Rock Dr., Gallup N.M. 87301.
Rollie Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.