On Aug. 17, 2022, Anita Ogas joined her parents, Vincente and Eliza Hernandez; her sisters, Eva Padilla and Angelina Guzman; and brother, Arturo Hernandez, in heaven.
She was born on Dec. 25, 1942, in El Paso, Texas, and raised in La Mesa, N.M.
After graduating from WNMU, she started her teaching career in Mesquite, N.M. She later moved to California, where she continued her career in education, teaching at the elementary and middle school levels for 25 years.
She then went back to school and earned a master’s degree in school counseling and then worked for 14 more years before retiring and moving to Prescott, Ariz. Annie was an avid cook, reader and gardener.
Annie is survived by her pride and joy, her daughter, Jennifer Castagna; granddaughters, Franesca and Lola; sisters, Elena Dutchover and Alicia Mora, both of Belen, and Elvira Thomas, of Orange, Calif.; brother, Vicente Hernandez, of Las Cruces; brother-in-law, Evisalio Padilla; and her former spouse, Alfred Ogas, of Silver City. Anita is also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews and numerous friends from near and far.
Services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church on Friday, Oct. 14. A visitation will begin at 9 a.m., with a Rosary to be recited at 9:30 a.m., and a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Our Lady of Belen Memorial Gardens. A reception will be at La Dos Gringas in Belen.
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