A Memorial Mass for Joe Manzanares will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, Dec 21 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Las Animas, CO with Father Henry Wertin officiating. Inurnment will follow at Ft. Lyon National Cemetery. Rosary will be held prior to the Mass at 9:30 a.m.

Jose Maria Manzanares, known to most as Joe, was born on Oct 17, 1931 in Mora, NM to Alberto and Ignacita (Salazar) Manzanares. He passed away on December 15, 2017 at his home in Las Animas, Colorado at the age of 86.

Joe enjoyed carpentry, fishing, and working on cars. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the American Legion.

Joe is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lela Manzanares of the family home; daughters, Diane (Chris) Wingire of Marana, AZ and Debbie (Mark Whiting) Manzanares of Liberty Lake, WA; brothers, Teodoro Manzanares of Rainsville, NM and Aldolfo Salazar of Las Animas; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; many special nieces and nephews; other relatives; and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Amelia Leal; and daughter, Doris Manzanares.

Memorial contributions may be made to Horber Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 431, Las Animas, CO 81054.

For more information or to leave online condolences, please visit www.horberfuneralchapel.com.