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In Loving Memory of Loralai Nicole Gutierrez

This is to notify the community of Raton and surrounding area of the passing of Loralai Nicole Gutierrez who has gone to join our Lord in Heaven. A new Angel will look over us.

Loralai was born December 1st of 2010.  She had just turned 4 years old. She left us on January 2nd in her sleep in her mother’s arms, surrounded by family. Loralai battled brain cancer all her life and and was a fierce fighter.  Many doctors did not give her this long to be with us since her diagnosis back in January 2013.

Loralai left behind her mother Chantle Gutierrez of Centennial, Colorado, father Jeremy Pacheco of Raton NM, brother JT Pacheco of Rio Rancho, NM, grandparents Julian & Melissa Gutierrez of Maxwell NM, Todd & Patricia Brotherson of Centennial Co, Gina Naugle of Rio Rancho NM, great grandfather Ubaldo Carbajal of Ballesa Mexico, great grandmothers Lucy Pacheco of Raton, Santos Gutierrez of El Paso TX, uncles and aunts , Patrick, Isaiah, Christian, Eliz, Alicia, Shalomo and her bestest friend and aunt Abiella. And many great uncles, aunts, cousins and family friends.

Loralai has touched many with her warmth, love and laughter. She inspired many throughout her journey. She loved owls and liked to watch the Disney princess and Jack from the “Nightmare Before Christmas”. She loved to sing and dance. Many times she showed her tomboyish side as she liked to play with cars. She had a funny character to her. Loralai did not allow you to go to her, she came to you when she was ready. She loved school. She lit up when she heard the song “Hi Ho Hi Ho, off to work we go” at the end of the school day. She loved to sing songs with her mama. She had special stuffed toys and a blanket that she loved, which surrounded her when the angels gave her, her wings. She also had two special furry friends that were her guardians next to her until the end. And one is missing her very deeply. He kissed her precious face and guarded her until the end.

Loralai was a Hero to many, such a small child with an enormous strength. She brought light, hope and happiness to all she touched. No words can express such a great loss to family and friends. Her flesh may no longer be with us, but her story will live on forever in the lives of those she has touched. Her soul and memory will live forever.

The greatest following of Loralai was the people of Raton, NM. Chantle would like to thank Raton and the surrounding communities for all their love and support. 

Services for Friday Jan. 9th will be held at:
Olinger Hampden Mortuary
8600 East Hampden Avenue
Denver, CO 80231
(303) 771 4636 phone

3:00pm – 4:00pm there will be a family viewing
4:00pm-6:00pm Friends and Family viewing (public) 
6:00pm-6:30pm Rosary will be open to public as well
6:30pm-8:00pm Celebration of life, open to public

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday Jan.10th at:
Saint Pius Tenth Perish
13670 East 13th place
Aurora, CO 80011
(303) 364-7435 phone

Mass will begin at 1:00pm with burial services to proceed mass.

Chantle Guiterrez spoke as a caregiver who takes care of her daughter Loralai who has been through so much in her short life. Little Loralai has had cancer from birth and is battling it for the fourth time.

Chantle Guiterrez spoke as a caregiver who takes care of her daughter Loralai who has been through so much in her short life. Little Loralai has had cancer from birth and is battling it for the fourth time.



She is one tough little girl. She was diagnosed with cancer from the get go and is battling her fourth round today.

She is one tough little girl. She was diagnosed with cancer from the get go and is battling her fourth round today.

 

In Loving Memory of Donald W. Weisdorfer Sr

Donald W. Weisdorfer Sr. age 95, of Roy NM, passed away Wednesday December 31, 2014 in Roy. He was born October 27, 1919 in Roy, NM, the son of William L. and Jesse Nelson-Weisdorfer. He was a mail carrier for many years in the Roy area, worked for Floersheim’s Mercantile, City Market, and Ameri Gas and retired in 2005 and was a veteran of WWII serving in the United States Navy . 
He is preceded in death by his wife, whom he married in 1946, Sue Esther Payton Weisdorfer, his parents, brothers, John N. Weisdorfer and Charles I. Weisdorfer, Grandson Harlan (Buddy) Milson, son-in-law John H. Mahoney.. He is survived by two daughters, Donna Sue Milson, June Mahoney and son Donald W. Weisdorfer Jr. and wife Lina all of Roy. Nine grand children, twenty six great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. 

Visitation will be Monday January 5, 2015 from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. at the Community Center in Roy, NM, with a service to follow at 11:00 A.M. with Justin Garrison officiating. Burial will be in the Roy, Cemetery. 
Arrangements and celebration of love for Donald W. Weisdorfer Sr. are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton. 

In Loving Memory of Joe Atkins

Joe Atkins, age 94, died Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at his home surrounded by loving family and friends. 

Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the First Baptist Church in Roy, New Mexico with Joe’s nephew, Rev. Bill Marquis of Tustin, California, officiating. Burial will follow at Ute Creek Canyon on the family ranch. Arrangements are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton. Everyone is welcome to join the family for a meal at the Harding County Community Center following the burial. 

Joe Atkins was born on August 28, 1920 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Hazel and Hugh Atkins. He graduated from Stillwater Oklahoma High School where he was a member of the State Championship Football Team in 1938. He was attending Oklahoma State University, studying Animal Science when World War II began. As many young men of the generation did, Joe joined the Marines and was assigned to the 1st Marines, 1st Division, 1st Regiment. Joe was wounded during the assault on Peleliu Island and was wounded a second time during the occupation of Okinawa. After the war, Joe moved to Levelland and was a roughneck in the oil fields of West Texas. He met Beth O’Neil and they were married on November 5, 1949. They moved to Hall County, Texas where Joe cowboyed and managed Bobcat Crossing Camp on the Mill Iron Ranch. On the day after Thanksgiving in 1950, they moved to Roy, New Mexico and began ranching in the Yates, New Mexico community. In 1974, Joe and Beth bought a ranch near Richland, Missouri. They ranched in Missouri for 5 years before retiring to their farming interests in Lamb and Hale County, Texas. Joe took great pleasure in working with the young people in all the communities he lived. He started and endowed the Ogle Hopkins Wrestling Endowment at the University of Missouri to provide scholarships for members of the University of Missouri Wrestling Team. Joe was instrumental in providing quality horses to the Oklahoma State University Equine Department and horse farm for the benefit of the students. He also took great interest in the Harding County Fair and bought 4-H animals at the livestock sale for decades to support the young people in the area. Joe was a member of numerous organizations over the years which included; New Mexico Mounted Patrol, New Mexico Cattlegrowers, AQHA, New Mexico Livestock Association, Oklahoma State University Foundation and Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, Texas. Joe liked nothing better than riding a good horse, working cattle with his children and neighbors. Joe loved his family, his community and his country. All-in-all, his was a life well lived. In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by a sister; Lucille Marquis and a baby brother. 

Joe is survived by his wife of 65 years; Beth O’Neil Atkins of Cotton Center, Texas, a daughter; Lenora Neil Atkins of Roy and Albuquerque, New Mexico, a son; Hugh Atkins of Phoenix, Arizona. Also surviving are nephews; Rev. Bill Marquis and his wife Suzi of Tustin, California and Dave Marquis and his wife Diane of Dallas, Texas, and other relatives and many friends. 

The family extends it’s heartfelt gratitude to Joe’s friend and caretaker, Leonora Garza of Cotton Center, Texas, for her devotion, sense of humor and kindness. 

MEMORIALS: Memorial Contributions in Joe’s memory may be made to the Harding County Fair Board, Care of Becky Smith, 155 Case Road, Mills, New Mexico 87730.

43 Take the Plunge

By Marty Mayfield

KRTN Multi-Media

Another one of those Chamber of Commerce winter days at Lake Maloya greeted participants of the 2015 Polar Bear Plunge Thursday afternoon.

43 participants braved the cold waters of the lake to say they did it. According to Jared Chatterly Raton Parks and Rec Department director there were about 37 people who had signed up for the plunge online. Another six participants signed up at the plunge Thursday afternoon. Temperatures were in the upper 20s with water temperatures being just above 32 degrees. 

Bob McIvor with the New Mexico State Parks carved out “2015 Raton” from the 5-inch thick ice on the lake as they prepared for the plunge. Bob was joined by Rick Martin from Ute Lake State Park and David Gurule from Cimarron Canyon State Park to assist the jumpers as they moved out of the frigid water.

Many of the participants were heard to say afterwards how the water just took their breath away.

 

 

This ice sculpture by Bob McIvor greeted participants and spectators at Lake Maloya for the 2015 Polar Bear Plunge Thursday afternoon.

This ice sculpture by Bob McIvor greeted participants and spectators at Lake Maloya for the 2015 Polar Bear Plunge Thursday afternoon.

 

Bob McIvor, David Gurle and Rick Martin clear some of the new ice buildup before the 2015 Polar Bear Plunge at Lake Maloya Thursday afternoon.

Bob McIvor, David Gurle and Rick Martin clear some of the new ice buildup before the 2015 Polar Bear Plunge at Lake Maloya Thursday afternoon.

 

Some of the 43 participants of the polar bear plunge Thursday afternoon.

Some of the 43 participants of the polar bear plunge Thursday afternoon.

 

Some of the 43 participants of the polar bear plunge Thursday afternoon.

Some of the 43 participants of the polar bear plunge Thursday afternoon.

 

Some of the 43 participants of the polar bear plunge Thursday afternoon.

Some of the 43 participants of the polar bear plunge Thursday afternoon.

 

Some of the 43 participants of the polar bear plunge Thursday afternoon.

Some of the 43 participants of the polar bear plunge Thursday afternoon.

 

Some of the 43 participants of the polar bear plunge Thursday afternoon.

Some of the 43 participants of the polar bear plunge Thursday afternoon.

 

Rick Martin, Bob McIvor and David Gurule behind the ice sculpture that Bob carved out of the ice for the 2015 Polar Bear Plunge. they suited up to help the jumpers brave the fridge waters.

Rick Martin, Bob McIvor and David Gurule behind the ice sculpture that Bob carved out of the ice for the 2015 Polar Bear Plunge. they suited up to help the jumpers brave the fridge waters.

Additional photos can be seen at  http://www.martymayfieldphoto.com/Events/Polar-Bear-Plunge-2015/