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Tonie L Lucero Angel

  • Birth 15 Jul 1912
  • Death 30 Jul 2008 Austin, Travis County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA
  • Memorial ID 103935314

Tonie L. Angel, the founding Principal of Hodgin Elementary School in Albuquerque, passed away peacefully on July 30, 2008 at the age of 96 in Austin, TX where she had moved two years ago to be close to her son, Ron Angel and her daughter-in-law, Jacqueline Angel, both professors at the University of Texas at Austin. Angel was a lifelong educator whose teaching career began at the age of eighteen in Albuquerque. Over the years, she taught at many elementary schools in and around Albuquerque and Las Vegas, NM. During the 1950s she served as County School Superintendent in San Miguel County where she introduced many educational reforms that improved the quality of rural schools. Angel retired as Principal of Hodgin Elementary School in 1977 at the age of 65 to move to Las Vegas to be with her husband, Joe Angel, who served as District Judge for the Fourth Judicial District until his retirement. Tonie was preceded in death by her daughter, Rita Angel, a professor of music at the University of New Mexico, her husband Joe Angel, four sisters, Rosa Chavez, Bennie Soto, Beulah Gonzalez and Dora Clarke; and a brother, Fred Lucero. Tonie is survived by her son, Ronald Angel and daughter-in-law, Jacqueline of Austin, TX and a grandson, Matthew Angel, a graduate student at MIT in Boston. Angel received her Bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico and her Master's from Highlands University in Las Vegas. Tonie and three of her sisters, became teachers at a time when women from poor backgrounds had little chance for professional careers. Her career as an educator spanned several decades and over the years she touched many lives and left a lasting impression on future generations. A Memorial Service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on August 23, 2008 at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 1818 Coal Pl. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106 followed by a private internment.


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  • Created by: P Barela
  • Added: 21 Jan 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 103935314
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Tonie L Lucero Angel (15 Jul 1912–30 Jul 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 103935314, citing San Jose de Armijo Cemetery, Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, USA ; Maintained by P Barela (contributor 46573401) .