Evangeline "Vangie" Casaus Montano of Bloomfield, New Mexico, died peacefully and surrounded by her loved ones on January 13, 2023, at LifeCare Center of Farmington at the tender age of 92. Vangie was born in La Jara, New Mexico on December 31, 1930, to Aniceto Casaus and Pablita (Garcia) Casaus. She was proceeded in death by her husband of 70 years Paul Montano, and parents Aniceto Casaus and Pablita Casaus. Siblings Jose Repito (Repo), Louis (Louie), Jesus Ernesto (Ernie), Eulojio (Joe), Raynel (Ray), Tobias (Toby), Lionel, Virginia (Ginger Amaro), Anna Maria (Annie Salazar), Ramoncita Dubijinia (Duby Palacios), and baby Marianita.
After helping her mother raise many of her siblings and graduating from Blanco High School she moved to Albuquerque for a short time. She then moved to Hawthorne, Nevada where she met her future husband where they started a family. After her husband, retired from Civil service they decided to settle down in Kirtland, New Mexico to be closer to family. Several years after their youngest left the nest they moved to Bernalillo, New Mexico. Upon moving there and being retired, she enjoyed spending quality time with her grandchildren and eventually great-grandchildren. Vangie will always be remembered as the loving big sister to many whether biologically or otherwise. She will also be remembered as the best mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother to her family, and she will be greatly missed by all who knew her. We will miss her fabulous cooking, advice, kisses, hugs, and most of all her cheeky comments.
She is survived by her children Rita Vigneau (Tony), Robert Montano, and Sylvia Aragon (Benito). Grandchildren Joseph Martinez (Karla), Stephanie Collie, DeAndria Aragon, Sierra Aragon (Ashley), Cheyenne Aragon (Marquis), Francheska Montano (Scott), Losha Escojeda (Kim), Deena Montano and Dimetrius Montano (Dorina), 21 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren (1 on the way). Siblings Ramon Casaus, Pauline Atencio, Rosie Brandt (JJ), and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Services will be held at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Blanco, NM on February 4, 2023. Rosary services will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Memorial Service, and reception thereafter. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Dementia Foundation of America.