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Crescencio D. Cardona went to his resting place on January 19, 2018. Chencho, as many knew him, was preceded in death by his parents, Guadalupe Diaz Cardona and Doroteo Cardona; his wife, Maria M. Cardona; wife, Cecilia Cardona; granddaughters - Audrey Rose Cardona and Daven Cardona; and grandson, Jason Russell.  Chencho was born in El Valle de Allende, Chihuahua, Mexico to Guadalupe and Doroteo Cardona 88 years ago. He is survived by his loving family, Vicente Cardona (Roberta), Crescencio M. Cardona (Ana), Gustavo M. Cardona (Bertha), José Luís Cardona (Keri), Rosa Maria M. Cardona, Oralia Cardona Piper (Randy), Serjio D. Cardona (Amanda); 20 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; sister, Rosalia Borjon; and brother, Francisco D. Cardona.

After leaving his parents’ home at a very early age, Crescencio (Chencho) proceeded to come to the United States and worked for many years as a bracero. He traveled many states working in agriculture in hopes to someday bring his family across for a better life.  In 1961 Chencho brought his family to the U.S.; his wife, Maria and his 4 sons, Vicente, Crescencio, Gustavo and Jose Luis from Mexico and later had 3 more children two daughters - Rosa Maria and Oralia and a son, Serjio. He instilled in his children to work hard and honorably yet to get an education so that they someday may accomplish a variety of opportunities. He did well, for all of his children are educators with an exception of one whom is a General Manager at Wholesome Valley Farms.  

Chencho, a soft kind-hearted man who lead with an iron fist, was a true and hard worker. He worked many years for and along with various local farmers until he was able to farm for himself along with his sons. After retiring, Chencho continued to work the farm along with his son, Serjio. Chencho, til his dying day, was a man of his word and believed that everything could be solved and settled with a simple handshake. CHENCHO, a grand man, will be missed dearly not only by his family, but by the community as well. Rest in Peace Chencho!!!

Visitation for family and friends will be held at the San Jose Mission in Arrey, NM on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 5:00 P.M. followed by a Prayer Vigil at 6:00 P.M.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. celebrated by Rev. Carlos Espinosa.   Rite of Committal will follow at the Arrey Cemetery.  Serving as Casket Bearers will be Vicente Cardona, Crescencio M. Cardona, Gustavo Cardona, Jose Luis Cardona, Serjio D. Cardona and Randy Piper.  Honorary Casket Bearers will be Vicente Cardona, Jr., Crescencio Manuel Cardona, Hector Cardona, Jose Luis Cardona, Jr., Isaac Cardona, Jacob Cardona, Jesus Ivan Requejo, John Henninger, Cory Branaugh, Billy Mendoza, Tyler Frost, Vito Barraza and Pete Tafoya.

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  • Monday, January 22, 2018
    The staff of Kirikos Family Funeral Home, Inc. will keep you and your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to assist you in your time of need.
    ~ Kirikos Family Funeral Home
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018
    Rosa, my heartfelt condolences and prayers are with you and your family. May your father rest in peace. Michelle
    ~ Michelle Alvarez Ortega   Plano, TX
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2018
    To the Cardona family. I was so sad to hear of the passing of Chencho. I have had the pleasure of knowing him many years. He truly showed his love for his family. He was very proud of each of you. But most of all he was a man with a big heart. I will truly miss going home and not seeing him in Arrey. God bless you and you are in my prayers
    ~ Ernesto Gutierrez   San Jose, CA
  • Thursday, January 25, 2018
    We are sorry for your loss. May the Lord send comfort and peace to all the family.
    ~ Bobby and Jenny Chavez   T. or C., NM
  • Friday, January 26, 2018
    We deeply feel for what you and the family are going through. At times, there isn't much that can soothe the pain this grief brings, but you may find some comfort in the words of Psalms 9:9 which reads: "Jehovah will become a secure refuge for the oppressed, A secure refuge in times of distress." Yes, our Loving God can help if we allow him to (1John 5:14). He also has made the SURE promise of a resurrection right here on earth, when it is restored to a Paradise (Acts 24:15; Psalms 37:9-11,29). No, not just a dream, but for a certainty he will do it, for Isaiah 55:11 shows us that everything he says, he accomplishes without fail.
    ~ R&R Lopez