Archive for: December 2016

In Loving Memory of Wilma M. Kersh

Wilma M. Kersh (née Moore) age 92, died on Sunday, November 27, 2016 in Albuquerque, NM, surrounded by her family.


kersh-wWilma “Wim” was born July 11, 1924 to Josephine and Eugene Moore in the coal camp of Brilliant, just outside Raton, New Mexico. Five years later saw the birth of her sister Jo Madlyn. Moving to town, Wilma attended St. Patrick’s Academy in Raton and Raton High School, from which she graduated in 1942. Wilma later enrolled and attended Loretto Heights College in Denver, CO. After spending two semesters at the University of Arizona, she returned to Loretto Heights and graduated with a BA in English Literature in 1947. She returned to Raton and took a job on the staff of the local paper, Raton Daily Range. In 1949 Wilma accepted an elementary teaching position in the Raton Public Schools.

She was married in 1953 to Blake F. Kersh, Jr. of Shamrock, TX, a graduate of Texas Tech University and WWII Veteran. Following the wedding they moved to Amarillo, TX, and started a family. In 1967, they returned to New Mexico along with their seven children. By 1969 Wilma was once more teaching third grade at Kearny Elementary in Raton. After spending 25 years in the Public Schools, she retired from teaching and pursued her passions of cooking, gardening, crafting, and keeping up with her children’s busy lives.

She was proceeded in death by her devoted husband Blake, on July 8, 2007.


She is survived by her children: Krista Kersh and husband Randall Hicks of Albuquerque, NM; Blake F. Kersh, III of Raton, NM; Gene Kersh and wife Ellen Fogg Kersh of Albuquerque, NM, and grandsons Andrew (27) of Bend, OR and Stephen (25) of Flagstaff, AZ; Tim Kersh and wife Conna Meader of Albuquerque and grandson Lyle (17); Jeff Kersh and wife Ann of Post Falls, ID and grandchildren Elizabeth (26), Madeleine (24), Joseph (22), Maria (21), Antonia (19), and Jeffrey II (18), all of Post Falls, ID; Gretchen Torline and husband Terry of Wichita, KS, and grandchildren Blake (22), Gabrielle (20), and Kathryn (17) all of Wichita, KS; Amy Wendt and husband Richard of Lawrence, KS, and grandchildren Alexandra (22) and Aidan (18) both of Lawrence, KS. She is survived by her sister Jo Baker and husband Mickey of Raton, NM, and one nephew Thomas Moore Baker of Castle Rock, CO.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Saturday December 10, 2016 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church recited by Frank Cimino Jr. Mass of the Resurection will follow at 10:30 with Father William Woytavich as the celebrant. Rite of commital will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Raton.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – cff.org.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Wilma M. Kersh are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Mary Teresa Molinaro

Mary Teresa Molinaro lifetime resident of Trinidad, was welcomed Home, on December 1, 2016. She was 86.  


molinaro-picMary was born on October 29, 1930 in Cokedale, Colorado to her parents Tony and Asunta(Susan) Naccarato. She married Guy T. Molinaro on January 19, 1952. They had two children, Frank and Debbie. Her whole life was devoted to being a loving wife to her husband, a caring mother to her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She took great pride in this and always loved being together with all of them. She was a marvelous cook and baker in which her family enjoyed many meals and holiday gatherings.  


She is preceded in death by her Parents Tony and Asunta (Susan) Naccarato, Brothers, John (Josephine) Naccarato, Ben Naccarato Sr., Sister, Rose (Charles) Scappucci. , mother in law Annie Quintieri, brother in law Carmen Molinaro, sister-in-law Raffie Molinaro, brother-in-law. Guide Pachelli Sr. and other relatives. 


Mary is survived by her Children: Frank (Lisa) Molinaro, Debbie (Charles) Sawaya. Grandchildren: Charles (Aileen) Sawaya, Branden (Shannon) Sawaya, and Tiffany (Craig) Montoya. Great grandchildren: Koalten Jusypowycz, Kylie Montoya, Lily Sawaya, and OwenSawaya. Sister, Ann Pachelli, Sister-in-law, Janice Naccarato, Brothers and Sisters-in-law, Frank (Joann) Molinaro, Rose Peretto and numerous nieces and nephews.  


Visitation will be Tuesday from 3PM-7PM at the Comi Chapel. 

Rosary will be Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 7PM at the Comi Chapel. 

Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 10AM at Sebastiani Gym. 

Interment will Rite of Committal will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery, 

Active pallbearers are Benny Naccarato, Billy Naccarato, Anthony Naccarato, Tony Pachelli, Frankie Molinaro Jr., David Burns, and Robbie Skalko.  


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Most Holy Trinity Restoration Fund.


Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home. 


In Loving Memory of Janice Marie Pascetti

Janice Marie Pascetti, age 68, passed away on Sunday morning November 27, 2016 with her family on her side, in her daughter’s and son’s-in-law home in Albuquerque.


She was born to the late John and Marjorie Pascetti. She had one brother, Michael Carlini and sister-in-law Heather.

Janice is survived by her daughter Brenda Abeyta and husband Ricardo, and her son John Pascetti and wife Julia. She was a very proud grandma to Giovanni and Lilith Pascetti, Latia Marquez, Larry Jonathan Pascetti and their partners Avie Chavez and Leandra Gallegos. Janice also was blessed with two great-grandchildren Angelo Chavez and Jonathan Pascetti. She also was survived by many cousins and friends that cared deeply for her.

pascetti-mJanice was an extraordinary and a very strong woman that everyone loved and cherished from the minute they met her. Her gentle eyes, warm smile, and happy voice will be remembered always. She truly was an angel here on earth. Through all of her pain and suffering she never failed to ask you “how are you or are you ok?” She was a caring and loving person to all and never asked for anything and would not hesitate to give. Her healthcare providers all enjoyed seeing her bright smile and sense of fashion with her appointments.

She retired from the State of New Mexico Human Services. Although, she worked many, many other jobs while working with the State such as retail, factories, and cleaning houses. As a young woman she also worked in nursing. She loved putting her cowboy boots on and going out and dancing, shopping, cleaning house, collecting jewelry, motorcycle riding (has even experienced the bike rally in Sturgis), camping, spending time with her family, and painting her nails just to name a few wonderful memories we have of her. In her early years, she loved playing her accordion, in fact taught lessons in Leadville, Colorado and played at the ski lodge in Sugarite. Christmas was most definitely her favorite holiday and her grand babies were able to decorate a tree with her just a couple days before her passing. We can’t forget the love she had for her dogs and all animals big and small.

Janice was an active member of the Catholic Church.

Janice’s family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes during this time of grief and celebrating her life.

Paul Bearers: John Pascetti, Jonathan Pascetti, Ricardo Abeyta, Avie Chavez, James Acevado, Michael Vigil and Stump.

Viewing will take place Sunday December 4th, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m., in the Chapel of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home. Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Monday. December 5th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick/St. Joseph Catholic Church with Deacon Thomas Alderette, followed by the Solemn Mass of the Resurrection with Father Bill Woytavich as the Celebrant. Rite of Committal and internment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.


Funeral arrangements for Janice Marie Pascetti are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.


81st Annual TSJC Tourney

Thursday – December 1
Game 1 – Girls – Hoehne defeated Raton 53-40
Game 2 – Boys – Raton defeated Hoehne 55-49
Game 3 – Girls – Custer County defeated Springer 44-21
Game 4 – Boys – Manitou Springs defeated Custer County 78-22
Game 5 – Girls – La Junta defeated Primero 70-27
Game 6 – Boys – La Junta defeated Primero 66-45
Game 7 – Girls – Trinidad defeated John Mall 57-25
Game 8 – Boys – John Mall defeated Trinidad 71-68
Friday – December 2
Game 9 – Girls – Raton defeated Primero 46-33
Game 10 – Boys – Primero defeated Hoehne 59-52
Game 11 – Girls – John Mall defeated Springer 41-38
Game 12 – Boys – Trinidad defeated Custer County 71-27
Game 13 – Girls – La Junta defeated Hoehne 40-32
Game 14 – Boys – La Junta defeated Raton 54-36
Game 15 – Girls – Trinidad defeated Custer County 53-16
Game 16 – Boys – Manitou Springs defeated John Mall 84-53

Saturday – December 3

Game 17 – Girls – Primero defeated Springer 51-49 (7th Place)
Game 18 – Boys – Hoehne defeated Custer County 68-45 (7th Place)
Game 19 – Girls – John Mall defeated Raton 52-43 (Consolation)
Game 20 – Boys – Primero defeated Trinidad 56-47 (Consolation)
Game 21 – Girls – Hoehne defeated Custer County 53-34 (Third Place)
Game 22– Boys – John Mall defeated Raton 74-45 (Third Place)
Game 23 – Girls – Trinidad defeated La Junta 47-21 (Championship)
Game 24 – Boys – Manitou Springs defeated La Junta 65-29 (Championship)


Sportsmanship – Primero (girls) and Raton (boys)

Coach Rich Arguello Outstanding Coach – Ryan Coberly – Hoehne

Girls All-Tournament 

Serenity Ham – Custer County

Kaylee Summers – John Mall

Estrella Vargas – Raton

Kirsten Martinez – Primero

Brittanie Hill – Hoehne

Shaelyn Walton – Hoehne

Rylee Lovato – La Junta

Kayla Torres – Trinidad

Shaylynn Choate – Trinidad

Boys All-Tournament

Jonathan Cabrieles – Raton

Felix Ruiz – John Mall

Kyle Kreutzer – Hoehne

Jon Nuschy – La Junta

Vince Damelio – Primero

Vance Ferraro – Trinidad

Cole Sienknecht – Manitou Springs

Lucas Rodhold – Manitou Springs