Andy E. Hernandez, 56, was called to be with Our Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded with his family and friends in the comfort of his home. Andy was baptized, made his First Communion, Confirmation and married at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Winslow, so his family found it only proper that Mass of Christian burial be celebrated there for him on Jan. 29. Internment followed at Desert View Cemetery in Winslow.
Andy was born Jan. 17, 1955. He graduated from Winslow High School in 1973, and married his high school sweetheart, Pauline.
He was employed as a locomotive engineer by Santa Fe Railway for 30 years until he retired because of illness.
He was an avid hunter and loved the outdoors.
Andy was a generous man who always put others before himself. He enjoyed his lifelong friendships, and this was shown by the outpouring of support for him after he fell ill. Sick leave was donated by his fellow employees who rallied for his cause. He was also in awe of the generosity of the people of Winslow and surrounding area when they all came together in his support. This allowed him to keep his home and all the memories following the years of chemotherapy.
Andy truly enjoyed spending time and laughing with his grandchildren. He was very proud of each and every member of his family.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Pauline; his two sons, Jason (Victoria) Hernandez and Tommy (Monica) Hernandez, both of Winslow; five grandchildren, Moriah, Seth, Arianna, Andrew and Rochelle; one sister, Theresa (Mario) Avalos of Winslow; two brothers, Manuel (Doris) Hernandez of Winslow and Rick (Marie) Hernandez of Prescott Valley; his mother-in-law, Josephine (Andrew) Ballejos of Winslow; six sisters-in-law, Tomie (Eloy) Zamora, Sally (Michael) Guzman and Janice (Brad) Childers, all of Winslow, Cathy (Eddie) Cruz of Las Vegas, Nev., Mary Ann Aragon of Los Lunas, N.M., and Patricia (Damon) Allen of Mesa; two brothers-in-law, Angelo (Candace) Aragon and David (Jeanette) Aragon, both of Las Vegas; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Manuel and Jennie Hernandez.
Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of arrangements.