Funeral mass is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Friday, October 12, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church for Rolando P. Chavarria Sr. of Artesia, New Mexico.
Mr. Chavarria, 78, entered eternal life October 6, 2018 at Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock, TX surrounded by his loving family.
Fr. Vijay will officiate at the services with burial to follow at Woodbine Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Christopher Chavarria, Rolando Chavarria III, Zachary Chavarria, Carlos Montoya, David Conklin and Jose Cruz. Honorary pallbearers are remaining grandchildren, Quarterback sons, Cooper Henderson and Meal Site family.
Visitation will be at Terpening & Son Mortuary on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. A rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church.
Rolando was born June 20, 1940 in Marfa, Texas to Ramon Chavarria and Cruz (Pacheco) Chavarria.
On February 23, 1962, he married Guadalupe "Lupe" Cortez. She preceded him in death on June 5, 2002. He was also preceded in death by his parents and oldest brother.
Rolando married Angelina Navarrette on May 10, 2014. They enjoyed traveling together on cruises. He especially loved Rotan, Honduras.
Rolando worked as a farm laborer. Later he became a salesman at Artesia Furniture Store where he retired. He was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Rolando loved all things Bulldogs and was a proud member of the Artesia Quarterback Club. He volunteered his time at hospice and at the Meal Site where he enjoyed spending time with his friends.
Rolando is survived by his wife, Angelina Chavarria; sons: Rocky Chavarria of Artesia, Rolando Chavarria Jr. and wife Darlene of Artesia, Ralph Chavarria and wife Diane of Arvada, CO; daughter: Rachel Chavarria of Roswell, NM.
Grandchildren: Christopher Chavarria, Alexandra Cruz and husband Jose, Rolando Chavarria III and wife Daryan, Raven Chavarria, Zachary Chavarria and fiance Stephanie, Raelyn Orona, Jacqueline Whitman, Miranda Olivas and husband Carlos, Eliana, Cory, Trevor, and Katia Bass.
Stepchildren-Pete Martinez, Jr., Veronica Montoya and husband Daniel, Sandra Hernandez and husband Jimmy. Step grandchildren- Carlos, Timothy, and Andrew Montoya; Santiago, Samantha, /and Adrian Hernandez.
10 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
Brothers-Ruben Chavarria and wife Blasa, Guy Chavarria and wife Jane, Raunchy Chavarria. Sisters: Ofelia Martinez, Mary Luevano, Josie Catano and husband Mack, Elfida Granados, Chris Jimenez and husband Henry, and Connie Olguin and husband John.
Numerous nieces and nephews, Quarterback sons, and Meal Site family.
It's great to be a Bulldog!
Primos, may you find comfort in knowing that your Dad was truly a good, good man. He will be greatly missed and you all will continue to be in our prayers. Que en Paz descanse mi primo Lando and our sincere condolences. I love you guys. Dios los bendiga y la Virgen Maria Santisima los quide.
Cynthia, Peanuts, Danny, & Joel Hernandez
Cynthia, Peanut, Danny and Joel HernandezMarfa, TX
My condolences to Guy Chavarria and your family for the loss of your brother. May the Lord continue to embrace you all during this difficult time.
Linda StarlingLos Angeles, CA
Dearest, dearest Rolando: We are so grateful to have been a part of your life those years at Artesia Furniture. There has never been a person we've known who always was smiling, joyful, kind, loved by all who knew him, a Renaissance man who could do anything, so proud of his family. We love you, Rolando. God bless each and everyone of your wonderful children, their spouses, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchild. You have earned eternal rest and peace in the arms of our Lord. Always, Eddie, Carol, Chad & Alexa Havins
Eddie & Carol HavinsChandler, AZ
Angelina, Rocky Family & Friends. It’s sad to lose someone in death. What helped me the most was prayers and faith in God’s promise at Psalm 34:18 “God is close to the broken heart: he saves those who are crushed in spirit.” For more comforting scripture, please visit: jw.org. God’s Kingdom that Jesus taught us to pray for will bring about these wonderful promise. My prayers are with you at this difficult time.
I. KeyesDublin, GA
My condolence to the family, god bless.
Alicia ChavarriaArtesia, NM
My deepest sympathy with Rolando's Family...It was such a nice visit with him and his wife at the 55th Class Reunion. He was a very caring person and I know Heaven has a new angel. May God comfort the family.
Serena Bates FernauShow Low, AZ
My dear friend, Rachel and Chavarria family –
Our deepest condolences on the passing of your father. It was an honor to have known such a great man. May the love and prayers of family and friends comfort you in the days to come.
--Cecelia, Randy and Tyler Copeland
Cecelia CarrascoLas Cruces, NM
Lelan & Connie MermisMidland, TX-79707, NM
Rolando was truly a great gentleman. He was a family man first and raised a great great family. He also was a great mentor for the QB sons and was truly loyal to the Bulldogs. I will miss his smile at Bulldog games for sure. To the family I am truly sorry for your loss.
Joe GomezAlbuquerque, NM
May he rest in Peace. Praying for family during this difficult time.
Elma SamoraArtesia, NM
Our condolences to a great family on the loss of a great man ! May God comfort you all through this difficult time. Manny and Yvonne Gomez
Manuel GomezHobbs, NM
Sending our sincere condolences to Mr. Chavarria's family and friends. What a wonderful, kind and giving man he was. Artesia will miss him deeply. We are so very sorry for your loss.
Timmy and Tammy KleinArtesia, NM
Rest In Peace young man. Thanks for the memories. You will be missed.
Rhiny WilliamsArtesia, NM
Prayers and blessings for the family. The loss of this sweet man will leave a hole in everyone's lives but the Blessings he shared with everyone he came in contact with will always be remembered.
Ramona KilpatrickArtesia, NM
RIP Mr. Chavarria....My deepest condolences to the Chavarria Family. May the Good Lord give you strength and comfort during this difficult time.
Hilda RuizLas Cruces, NM
My dearest condolences to the family. Tio you will be deeply missed. Wish I could of talked to you one more time and tell you how much I love you but till then I’ll hold on to the memories in my heart. Family due to my jobs situation I won’t be able to make the services but I will be there in spirit. Love you all ♥️
Lorenza ChavarriaSanta Clara, NM
His smiling face will always be remembered. So sorry for you loss.
LaRue PinsonArtesia, NM
roland was a great classmate; always had a smile.
joe cookpost, TX
So sorry for your loss, he will be missed.
Curtis & KayeTeelArtesia, NM
To the Chavarria family. My thoughts and prayers are with y’all. So sorry to hear about Rolando. He was an amazing Man. Wish I could be there. Lots of love and hugs coming your way. Patty.
Patty Loyd TalleyHouston, TX
Through more than 70 years, you and I have been friends and I have always put great value in that friendship. May you Rest In Peace old friend, while being held safely in the arms of God’s love.
Don ScarbroughArtesia, NM
Tommy & Isabel Orosco, NM
Don Scarbrough, NM
RIP good friend, you are an honorable person and it was my pleasure knowing you.. God blesd
Cindy Cohea steven coheaArtesia, NM
Awe such a wonderful man. He is someone who knew everyone and everyone knew him. Always so pleasant.
My condolences to the entire Rolando P. Chavarria family.
Nadine CopelandFAIRACRES, NM
God gained another angel Rest In Peace
Mary OrquizArtesia, NM
U will be truly missed Tio.
Teri JimenezArtesia, NM
Will miss your ever friendly smile and seeing you at the football games. You and your family have always been and continue to be in high regards by our community. Blessings to you and yours. Jim&Mary Madrid
Santiago (Jim) MadridSannta Cruz/Espanola, NM
Prayers and blessings to the family of this good man. served our community well.
Joseph TilleryLockney, TX
REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND
MIKE & HELEN MURDOCKMESQUITE, TX
Rest in Peace Rolando, we will miss you.
Ken & Delma Ingram
Ken IngramArtesia, NM
Mr. Chavarria may you rest in peace. It was an honor to know you sir. My sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Chavarria.
Mary PerezHobbs, NM
Rest In Peace Uncle Rolé, you will be greatly missed. I love you always.💔
Camie CasaresArtesia, NM