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Eliseo M. Acosta
March 27, 1931  -  July 28, 2017


A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 2, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church for Eliseo M. Acosta, of Artesia, New Mexico.

Mr. Acosta, 86, died on Friday, July 28, 2017, at his home in Artesia.

Fr. Jorge Vargas will officiate at the services will burial to follow at Twin Oaks Memorial Park. A rosary is also scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday at Our Lady of Grace Church. Pallbearers will be Jose Villa, Avery Hodges, Jose Gutierrez, Michael Polando, Eliseo Contreras and Robert Ramirez, Jr. Visitation will be at Terpening & Son Mortuary from 2 - 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Eliseo was born on March 27, 1931 in Barrancos de Guadalupe, Chihuahua, Mexico; the son of Jose Acosta and Petronila Machucha Acosta.

He was a longtime resident of Artesia. On December 30, 1950 he was married to Manuela Balencia in Artesia. She preceded him in death on June 3, 2006.

Eliseo retired as a maintenance man for the Artesia Housing Authority. He was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, Holy Name Society, Third Order, Cursillistas, San Jose Society and the church choir. He enjoyed cooking, gardening and Texas Rangers baseball.

He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers.

Survivors include his son Jerry Acosta of Lewisville, Texas; daughters Anita Acosta of Artesia, Sally Acosta Coate of Carrizozo, N.M., Rosie Paniaqua of Odessa, Texas, and Rose Marie Acosta Starnes of Dallas, Texas; sisters Olivia Fierro and Valentina Hernandez both of Odessa; 14 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

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