Archive for: September 2013

In Memory of Paul A Raught

Paul Anthony Raught 
(February 10, 1963 – September 1, 2013)


Paul Anthony Raught age 50 passed away September 1, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents Andy and Lucy Joan Raught and wife Georgia Lucero Raught.

Paul is survived by two brothers John Mitotes and wife Alice and Randy Raught, one sister Jeannie Raught Carranza and husband Moises, three nieces Crystal Martinez (Fernando), Alexis Grine Fish (Joseph), Nina Falcon, one nephew Randy Joe Raught, Jr., one great niece Layla Rose Fish, great nephews Fernando Olquin, Jr., Francisco G. Olguin, and Christaval Lee Olguin, five aunts, two uncles, and numerous cousin also survive.

Paul was and is loved by his family. He will be missed deeply, but never forgotten.

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will take place at a later date.

Arrangements for Paul Anthony Raught are under the care of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

Voters Shoot Fee Down

It was called a tax, a service fee, a cost of service fee and a franchise fee. What ever you call it, the $6.00 was being touted as too much for many people on a fixed income and by some, as simply wrong. 

The city of Raton however, was saying it was needed in order to help keep current levels of service at the fire department and police department. The money was going to be used to keep three positions filled at the fire department and two at the police department. The remainder would be used elsewhere. 

Concerned citizens collected enough signatures to force the city commission to put the question to a vote by the citizens of Raton, instead of the commission voting it in. This Tuesday (September 3) voters went to the poles and voted the fee down. These results are unofficial.

Absentee  72 Against   97 For

Convention Center  170 Against  168 For

St Patricks  199 Against  85 For


441 Against the fee

350 For the fee 

Springer Man Arrested in Shooting

New Mexico State Police and Springer Police were called to a residence on Miranda Avenue in Springer early Sunday morning (Sept 1 2013) for a report of a shooting. 

Upon arrival officers found that Augustine Grano (61) of Springer, New Mexico, had suffered a gunshot wound and was deceased at the scene. After the investigation was handed over to New Mexico State Police Investigation’s Bureau, one male subject, Eugene Gonzales (71) of Springer was taken into custody and has been charged with 1 count of First Degree Murder. The investigation continues.

Eugene Gonzales (71)

Eugene Gonzales (71)

In Memory of Corina T Martinez

Corina T Martinez 
(October 12, 1927 – August 30, 2013) 

Corina T. Martinez age 85 of Raton passed away on August 30, 2013. She was born on October 12, 1927 in Capulin, New Mexico to Miguel and Suzanna Duran Cruz.

Corina was a member of St. Patrick’s/ St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and the Altar Society. Corina was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband Don Juan Martinez, daughters Donna Smith of San Antonio, TX, and Diana Stevens of Las Vegas, NV, sons Danny Martinez and wife Gregoria of Chama, NM, Michael Martinez and wife Janet of Raton, NM, Lt Col Patrick Martinez and wife Nicole of Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, sisters Francis Freelot, Margaret Martinez, Florence Martinez, Vickie Montoya, brothers Bernard Cruz, and Pete Cruz

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held on Monday September 2, 2013 at 9:00am at St. Patrick’s/ St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Solemn Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 9:30am with Father John Trambley as the Celebrant. Rite of Committal and Interment will be at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements for Corina T. Martinez are under the care of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Memory of Theresa Horner

Theresa Horner 
(April 29, 1927 – August 31, 2013) 

Well folks the last of the Martinez girls has gone to be with her sisters. Theresa Horner was born in 1927 in Gardner, NM. She was a life time resident of Raton and has gone to be with the Lord August 31, 2013.

Theresa retired from the NM Colfax County Extension office after 30 years of service. She loved retirement. She had time for ceramics, bowling, arts and crafts, bingo, and of course the casinos. She was a loving mother of four girls and will be greatly missed by many friends and family. Preceding her in death are her parents, Santiago and Cornelia Martinez, Marty Leeps and husband Malcom, Vada Martinez, Sally Antonucci and husband Frank, daughter Karen Cordova all of Raton. Sister Alice Villivacencio and son-in-law Ira Bowers of Albuquerque.

Surviving family is one brother Vince Villavecencio and his son Vincent Vallavecencio, Jr. and wife JoAnn and three sons of Albuquerque. Daughters Nadine Bowers of Albuquerque, Stephanie Fledman and husband Tom, Linda Castellini of Raton, Grandchildren Belinda Hernandez, Joey Cordova, Dion Jojola, Ricky Marquez, Lisa Padilla, Dana Padilla, and Jonnie Fredette all of Raton, 14 great grandchildren and nine great great-grandchildren also survive.

A Memorial service will be held on Monday September 9, 2013 at 10:00 AM at the Family Worship Center with Pastor David McCarty officiating.

Arrangements for Theresa Horner are under the direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Memory of Roger Tompkins

Roger William Tompkins 
(August 22, 1944 – August 30, 2013) 

Roger William Tompkins

U.S. Veteran

Roger William Tompkins, age 69, died Friday, August 30, 2013 at his home in Roy, New Mexico.

Cremation has taken place and the family will hold a Rosary followed by Mass at 10:30 AM on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the Roy School with Fr. John Brasher officiating.

Roger William Tompkins was born on August 22, 1944 in Dunsmuir, California to Raymond Tompkins and Lorraine (Rittenhouse) Tompkins. After graduating High School he joined the US Marine Corps where he served from 1962 through 1967 during the Vietnam War. After returning from the US Marine Corps Roger became a New Mexico State Police Officer serving in the Tularosa, Alamogordo and Mescalero area before returning to his home town of Roy where he served in the Roy, Wagon Mound and Las Vegas area until he retired after over 20 years in 1990. In addition to his parents, Roger was preceded in death by a sister and by a son, both as infants.


Wife: Maria Alicia Tompkins of Roy, New Mexico.

4 DAUGHTERS: Amanda Denier of Santa Fe, New Mexico and Christina Scott, Katherine Tompkins and Jennifer Tompkins all of Roy, New Mexico.

2 SONS: Matthew Denier of Santa Fe, New Mexico and Jonathan Tompkins of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

1 SISTER: Marian Holmes of California.

2 BROTHERS: Tammy Lee Basquez of Wisconsin and Timothy Tompkins of Texas.

In Memory of Jasmine Nicole Colangelo

Jasmine Nicole Colangelo 
(July 26, 2010 – August 28, 2013) 

Jasmine Nicole Colangelo, age 3 passed away on August 28, 2013 in Raton, New Mexico. She was born on July 26, 2010 to Monica Trujillo and Joshua Colangelo in Raton.

Jasmine loved everyone with all her heart. She was always happy, caring, and polite. She loved sitting in the window seal, giving kisses, being called “Monkey” and jumping on the bed. And for being so you she was so smart.

Jasmine is preceded in death by her maternal great-great grandmother Cordilia Encinias and great grandmother Eloisa Encinias, paternal great grandparents Ramona and Benny Gallegos, great grandparents Gaetano and Benina Colangelo, and great uncle Juan Gallegos.

Jasmine is survived by her parents, sisters Saphire Encinias, Skilyn Encinias, and Sophia Encinias, brother Brandon Encinias, Maternal grandmother Kathy Vialpando, great-great grandfather Louie Encinias of Raton, Paternal grandparents Carmen and Ralph Colangelo of Trinidad, CO, Aunts and uncles Lisa and Kenny Encinias of Trinidad, Darlene and Filbert Martinez, of Odessa, TX, Jessica Colangelo of Trinidad, CO, Jeremy Colangelo of Trinidad, CO, Anthony

Encinias of Pueblo CO, John Encinias of Trinidad, CO, Joe and Myra Encinias of Trinidad, CO, numerous cousins and extended family also survive.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held on Wednesday September 4, 2013 at 10:00am at St. Patrick’s/ St. Joseph’s Catholic Church followed by the Solemn Mass of the Resurrection at 10:30 with Father John Trambley as the Celebrant. Rite of Committal and Interment to follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements for Jasmine Nicole Colangelo are under the care of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Memory of Florence “Flo” Evelyn (Hall) Molgaard

Florence “Flo” Evelyn Molgaard 
(July 15, 1940 – August 27, 2013) 

Florence Florence “Flo” Evelyn (Hall) Molgaard passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 in her Sahuarita, AZ home. Flo was born in Clayton, NM on July 15, 1940. and She attended Isabell Powell Beauty School in Lubbock, TX and resided in Houston, TX where she raised her two daughters and had a successful career as a stylist and salon owner. Preceded in death by parents James Elbert and Margaret Hall, and siblings Winston, Twyla and Anthony Hall. She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Don Molgaard, two daughters Camille Finn of Tucson, AZ and Shannon Prince-Giesen (Tim) of Denver, CO; and grandchildren Brendan, Brian and Kristin Finn; and Benjamin and Levi Giesen; brothers Jimmy Hall and Walter Hall of Clayton, NM; stepchildren Greg Molgaard (Debbie), Calaiha Hamburger (Glenn), Bill Molgaard and Diane Gier and 8 step-grandchildren and 3 great-step-grandchildren. Flo loved our country. Flo was a people connector and a friend maker. She loved flowers, adventures and a “good project”; enjoyed snow skiing, biking and wide-open spaces. She was an artist, designer, stylist and a poet. She was a great friend, mom, wife and caregiver. Her most recent favorite pastime was spending time with her grandchildren. A memorial mass will be held at 1pm on Tuesday September 3rd at San Martin de Porres Church at 15440 South Santa Rita Road, Sahuarita, AZ 85629 (520) 625 1154. In lieu of flowers donations to Wounded Warrior Project (http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org) in memory of Florence Molgaard.

In Memory of Cornelia Martinez

Cornelia Martinez 
(July 11, 1929 – September 1, 2013) 

Cornelia MartinezCornelia Martinez, age 84, died Sunday, September 1, 2013, in Clayton, New Mexico.

Rosary will be recited at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, September 3, by Deacon P. Louis Montoya and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, September 4, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton with Fr. Glenn Jones, Celebrant. Burial will follow in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton.

Cornelia Martinez was born on July 11, 1929 in Folsom, New Mexico to Juan de Jesus Sisneros and Tomasita (Archuleta) Sisneros. A lifelong resident of Union County, Cornelia lived most of her life in Clayton. She worked as a housekeeper for many people and business’s and as a waitress. She also worked in the nursing field at the hospital and nursing home in Clayton for several years. In addition to her parents, Cornelia was preceded in death by a sister; Ernestine Trujillo, a brother; Gilbert Sisneros, two other siblings as infants and a grandson; John Martinez.


6 DAUGHTERS: Loyola Ellsworth of Boise City, Oklahoma, Diane Martinez, Jo Ann Padilla and her husband Tony and Kathy Drumm and her husband David all of Clayton, New Mexico, Julia Martinez and her husband Fidel Borrego of Killgore, Texas and Stephanie Rodriguez of Raton, New Mexico.

2 SONS: John Martinez and his wife Rita of Santa Fe, New Mexico and Charles Sisneros of Eagle Grove, Iowa.

2 SISTERS: Martha Sisneros and Beatrice Maynes both of Clayton, New Mexico.

3 BROTHERS: John Sisneros of Dalhart, Texas, Paul Sisneros of Seneca, New Mexico and George Sisneros of Aztec, New Mexico.

22 Grandchildren, 46 Great-Grandchildren, 3 Great-Great-Grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

MEMORIALS: The family suggests that memorials be made to the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church Altar Society.

In Memory of Lorene Grob

Lorene Grob passed away Saturday August 31, 2013. She was born in Union County, NM, July 28, 1917 the daughter of Jesse and Vada Daves. She married Roy Grob May 13, 1939 who preceded her in death.

After attending Highlands Universitgy, Lorene taught school. Later in life she retired as a Colfax County District Court Baliff. Her interests ranged from collecting antiques, gardening, quilting,, crocheting and enjoying her flowers. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by one daughter Laverne Branson of Denver, CO, one son Rex Grob of Colorado Springs, CO, five grandchildren, Renell (Ed) Darrell of Grand Junction, CO, Royce (Jill) Branson of Magnolis, TX, Bryan Grob, Reece Grob and Keith Grob of Fargo, ND. Four Great grandchildren Monica (Troy) Anthony, Rylan Branson, Ryder Branson and Sasha Grob and four great great grandchildren, Aspen Skyy, Mason, Juliet and Cameron Anthony.

Visitation will be Tuesday September 3, 2013 from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home in Raton.

Funeral services will be Wednesday September 4, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel in Raton, Burial will be in the Fairmont Cemetery in Raton.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Lorene Grob are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton. HTTP://http://www.yaksich-long.com/include/storage/114607/DeathRecordStub/1663890/converted/150×155-thCAFMQOX3.jpg