Eliseo Garcia Vigil


MAY 16, 2000 — Eliseo G. Vigil, 87, of Española died Friday in Las Vegas, Nev. He was born July 5, 1912, in Española. He received his education from El Rito Normal School. He was a member of the N.M. National Guard and was activated into active duty service during World War II. He was captured in 1942 and was a prisoner of war until 1945. He was awarded two Purple Hearts and three Bronze Stars. He retired from the Zia Corporation in Los Alamos following 25 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents Jose Pablo Vigil and Emelia Garcia Vigil; brothers Alfredo, Elias, Jose and Silviano Vigil; sisters Aurora Fernandez, Emma Castillano, and Erlinda Fern. He is survived by his wife, Vera Vigil of Las Vegas, Nev.; sons J. Eliseo Vigil, and Toby F. Vigil, both of Española; daughters Elena Garcia and husband Ramon of Española, Esperanza Oaks and husband Richard of Santa Fe, and Diana Vigil Gitterman and husband Alan of Los Angeles; sister, Adelina Candelaria of Torrance, Calif.; sister-in-law, Bernie Vigil; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous other relatives and friends. Mass will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. today at La Iglesia de Santa Cruz de la Cañada. Burial will follow at 3 p.m. today at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. Block-Salazar Mortuary, Española.