Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Esperanza (Espy ) Aurora Santistevan

Esperanza (Espy ) Aurora Santistevan of Trinidad, Colorado, passed away on May 15, 201 at the age of 88.


At the time of her death, she was living at  the  University Park Care Center in Pueblo, Colorado. 


Esperanza was born on February 23, 1929 in Pictou, Colorado , the daughter of Eligio and Cristina Zuniga.


Espy Santistevan PicEsperanza (Espy) can always be remembered by her love to dance.  No matter where, when and what time, if there was music, you would find Espy dancing.


Preceding her in death are her parents Eligio and Cristina Zuniga, sisters, Margaret Murillo and Rose Mary Gallegos:, brothers, Salvador Zuniga, Joaquin Zuniga and Manuel I. Zuniga.


Survivors include her daughter Diane (Ricky) Gallegos and three granddaughters (Andrea, Nicole and Ashley).  She is also survived by sisters and brothers ,Mary Ellen (Tony) Aragon, Peter (Anna) Zuniga, Eligio (Herminia) Zuniga Jr., Joseph (Mary Susan) Zuniga, Dave (Tammy) Zuniga, Antero (Toni) Zuniga and Erma Abeyta.  Extended family include numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.


Funeral Services will be held Friday, June 2, 2017 with Rosary at 9AM at the Comi Chapel.


Funeral Mass  will follow at 10AM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.


Burial will be at Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.


Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Alonzo Serna

Alonzo Serna, age 87 passed away May 23 2017.


He was born in Torres, Colorado on April 4, 1930 to Vicenta (Gonzales) and Ricardo Serna who both preceded him in death.


He also joins his sister Ersie, brother Ben, and brother Joe “Spike”.


He is survived by his wife of 65 years Vera (Velasquez), 3 sons David, Joe Alan, Rick(Sharon), and  daughter Valerie and by sisters Amy (Albert), Vangie (Richard), Margie(Johnny), Amy Lou, Virginia (Lloyd), Kristine (Frank) and May(Richard), his 8 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 


FullSizeRender (18)Al was an avid outdoorsman and was most happy when hunting or fishing. He was proud to have served in the Army for his country during the Korean conflict.


Al was a hard-working man who loved all his family and was the kind of man that would do anything for anyone.


Al worked in the mine and was also a carpenter and could build or fix anything. The grandkids always joke that even if the sky was broken he could  fix that as long as he had a tall enough ladder.


Friends and family will always remember him as a hard working, kind man that always spoke the truth. He will be dearly missed by all that knew him. 


Visitation will be Tuesday from 3PM-6PM at the Comi Chapel.


Rosary will be recited Tuesday May 30, 2017 at 7PM at Holy Trinity Church.


Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church.


Interment will follow at the Tercio Cemetery with graveside services conducted by Ft. Carson Honor Guard.


Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Toni Mae (Antonia Montoya) Blomquist

Toni Mae (Antonia Montoya) Blomquist of Country Club Hills, Illinois, passed away on May 23, 2017 at the age of 86.


She was born on December 19, 1930 to Antonia (Lontine) and Donaciano Montoya.


She was preceded in death by parents Antonia and Donaciano  Montoya,  husbands Carson O. Blomquist and Arthur (Shadow) Ortega.


She is survived by children, Steve and Carol Ortega, Trinidad, CO, Vince Blomquist, CC Hills, IL, Twyla and Danial Sokolowicz, Plainfield, IL, Dawn Spect, CC Hills, IL. grandchildren, great great grandchildren, and numerous Montoya-Lontine nieces, nephews.


Burial will be June 1, 2017 at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood,  IL.


Condolences can be sent in care of the McKenzie Funeral Home, 15618 S. Cicero Ave., Oak Forest, IL 60452,  and St. Emeric Catholic Church, Country Club Hills, IL.


Courtesy Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Mary Woodyard

Mary Woodyard, age 67, passed away May 23, 2017 with her family by her side in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

She was born September 29, 1949 in Denver, Colorado to Robert and Loretta Wilkinson. She grew up in Littleton, Colorado and graduated from Littleton High School in 1967.



woodyardMary met John Woodyard in 1983 and they were married on December 28, 1983. Mary loved God, her husband , her kids, grandkids, great-grand kids, friends, dogs, cats and computers! She worked in various industries and ended her working career as a business systems coordinator / IT at Ferno Washington. After retiring she continued to consult in IT part-time. Her husband John served in the Air Force and was honorably discharged in March 1969. He worked in the aircraft industry and retired from the Boeing Aircraft in 2000. Mary was a member of the Raton Ambassadors and an active member of the Family Worship Center of Raton, New Mexico.



Mary is survived by her husband of 33 years, John, Daughter April Walker, Step-daughter Shelley Taylor, 5 grand children and 3 great-grandchildren.



Services for Mary Lou Woodyard will be held Saturday May 27, 2017 at the Family Worship Center in Raton, New Mexico at 1:00 P.M. Internment will follow at the Mt Calvary cemetery in Raton, New Mexico.



Arrangements and celebration of love for Mary Lou Woodyard are under the direction of the Yaksich – Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Marilyn L. Palovich

Marilyn L. Palovich, age 74, passed away on May 5, 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

She was born on April 24, 1943, to Mary (Swigle) and Leon Swift.

She attended area schools, graduating from Trinidad High School in 1961.

Marilyn attended TSJC and Adams State College receiving her Masters Degree in Education.

PalovichShe taught in various area schools including Rice and Park Streeta career that lasted for 35 years until her retirement.

On June 6, 1964, she was united in marriage to Joe “Sonny” Palovich at Holy Trinity Church in Trinidad, Colorado,.

She was a people person and loved caring for everyone’s needs.

Marilyn loved tending to her yard and caring for her flowers and beautiful roses.

Preceding her in death are parents, Mary and Leon Swift, husband Joe “Sonny” Palovich,  brother  Jack Swift and sister in law Dorothy Swift.

Survivors are son Chad (Christy) Palovich, Colorado Springs, daughter Milena Jo Palovich, Trinidad siblings  Pastor Virgil (Lorraine) Swift, Oklahoma Carolyn Swift, Canon City, Pastor Robert Swift, Pueblo, grandchildren, Brytanni Hawkins, Joseph Palovich, Garrett Hawkins, Jon Palovich, numerous nieces, nephews , other relatives and many dear friends and colleagues, and extended family at the LACRC.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, May 26, 2017 at 10AM at the First Christian Church with Marilyn’s brothers, Pastor Virgil Swift and Pastor Robert Swift officiating.

Private inurnment at a later date.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Funeral  Home.

In Loving Memory of Porfirio Sanchez

Porfirio Sanchez age 91 passed away suddenly at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo Colorado on May 15, 2017. 


He was born in Trinchera Colorado on March 16, 1926 to Felicta (Tapia) and Jose P. Sanchez who preceded him in death as well as brothers Urbano, Amadeo and sister Elvira Lechuga and sons Lawrence (Aaron) and Anthony (Tony), infant son, and grandson John.  

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Rose Marie (Barela), son Henry and daughter Mary Ellen (Gerald) Armijo.  Brother and sister-in-law Eloy (Virginia) Sanchez. Daughter-in-law Lorraine. Grandchildren Steve, Gerald Jr., Angelique (Brandon), Monique (Eric), Anthony (Ashley), Lisa (Raul),Tyila (Steven), William, Jami, Ryan, TJ (Melissa).  Numerous great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.  

Porfirio was most happy when playing his guitar especially playing Spanish music.  He played in a band back in the day with his two brothers.  You could walk into the house and hear the music playing.   

Porfirio he was very proud to have served in the Army for our country.  He served for 14 months in the front lines in Korea.  

Porfirio cherished and loved all of his family and would do anything for them.  He was a very kind gentle man.  He was always joking up until the very last day.  He took care of his family always. He enjoyed being around people and anyone who knew him would say he was a special man.  

Porfirio worked until his retirement for the Las Animas County as and big machine operator/truck driver. He was very strong willed. 

Porfirio was a cowboy at heart riding horses as a young man even breaking horses for the arearanchers. 

Porfirio attended TJSC receiving a certificate in the building trades. 

Porfirio loved being outside and working around the house and riding his three wheeler. 

Visitation will be Monday from 2PM-6PM at the Comi Chapel.  

Rosary will be Monday May 22, 2017 at 7PM at the Comi Chapel.  

Funeral Mass will be Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church.  

Interment will follow at Trinidad Catholic Cemetery with Full  Military Honors conducted by Ft. CarsonHonor Guard/Pueblo Veterans Ritual Team. 

Honorary Pallbearers are Gerald Armijo, Vicente Campos, Austin Campos 

Active Pallbearers are Anthony Sanchez, Steve Sanchez, Gerald Armijo jr., Eloy Sanchez, Oscar Lugo, Raul Campos. 

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Debra Eve Arnt

Debra Eve Arnt, affectionately known to friends and relatives  as Cricket, received her eternal peace and rest on May 12, 2017 at her home after a lengthy illness.


She was surrounded with love at the time of her passing , by James, her husband of 16 years.


Debra Arnt pic On June 21, 2001, she was united in marriage to the love of her life, James M. Arnt.

In April of 2015, the couple moved to the Trinidad area , to enjoy their remaining time together.

Debra had a thirst for knowledge and was an avid reader.  She loved sharing her knowledge with all her family and friends.

Her first priority was her husband Jim and family.

Those who were blessed to have known her will truly miss her.


Left to cherish her memory is loving husband James, home address, sister in law, Nancy Arnt, Sugarland, TX., brother in law Richard Arnt, WEst Columbia, TX, step daughter, Karen Arnt, Ft. Worth, TX and many friends.


Celebration of Life to be scheduled at a later date.

Arrangements made under th3e direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of MaryAnn J. Torres

MaryAnn J. Torres, 91, lifelong resident of Weston, Colorado, passed away May 12, 2017.


MaryAnn or Annie, as she was known, was born in Weston, Colorado on April 28, 1926 to Tranguilina (Vallejos) and Ray Garcia, who preceded her in death as well as one brother, Fermin, her husband Louie, her brothers-in-law, Ben (Dora), Frank, Marty and sisters-in-law, Kate (Ray), Ann (Augie), Ida (Abe), Anita and Viola.


torres mAnnie graduated from Primero High School. She married Louie in 1946, and together they raised four daughters.


Annie was a Head Start teacher in Weston and retired from there to care for her aging parents.  She was also a 4-H leader and was very active in all Primero activities. She was well known for the beautiful cakes that she made.


MaryAnn is survived by her daughters, Anita (late Jerry) Leasure, Sandy (Ken) Neely, Valerie (Larry) Borrego, and Yvonne Arguello, grandchildren, Kimberly (Gene) Tosti, Luanna Trujillo, JW (Jolene) Borrego and Richie Arguello,  great grandchildren, Oakley Wade, Aspen Jayde, Victoria and Phoenix Yvonne, Also  surviving is one special cousin/sister-in-law, Rachel Torres and numerous nieces, nephews and friends including the loving and caring employees of Columbine Chateau and most recently the staff of Tammy & Marty’s Cozy Adult Care and Frontier Hospice, Joye, and her two home caregivers Kim and Doris. 


Visitation will be Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Comi Chapel from 10AM-Noon at the Comi Chapel. Rosary will follow at Noon at the Chapel. Funeral Mass will be at 1PM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.


Interment with Rite of Committal will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers are Marti Torres, Rachel Torres, Viola Bradeen, Theresa Herrera, Wendy Torres and MaryLou Garcia.

Active pallbearers are Larry Borrego, Ken Neely (Terry Torres), JW Borrego, Richie Arguello, Oakley Holderman, Jacob Trujillo and Bob Nielson.


Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Mary Pompeo Lewis Sparks

Heaven gained another angel on May 8, 2017 with the passing of a beautiful soul – Mary Pompeo Lewis Sparks.


Mary was born May 28, 1922 on the family farm outside of Maxwell, NM. She was the last of 9 children born to Italian immigrants Carlo and Adelina (Tollis) Pompeo.


sparks mMary’s family meant everything to her, she loved all of her brothers and sisters, many nieces nephews and cousins. But most important in her life were her children and grandchildren and her love for her savior Jesus Christ.
Mary also had a life-long love of school and teaching – she herself started the 1st grade when she was only 4 years old, after begging her mother to let her go to school like her sister Rosie who was in the 2nd grade. She loved school from day one and couldn’t believe her great fortune when her parents were able to send her to college. She attended Normal University in Las Vegas, NM and married fellow student Dick Lewis, a football player from TX. During the summer of 1941 the superintendent of Maxwell schools called her and asked her to teach that fall; she didn’t have her degree yet but in those days it didn’t matter. Thus, her teaching career began. She completed her degree during the summers and taught school for the next 42 years.


Her first daughter, Shirley, was born in 1943 while her husband was in the Army. Mary and Shirley lived with Grandma and Grandpa Pompeo in Maxwell until the end of the war. Their second daughter, Lynn, was born nearly 11 years later. Mary married one more time and although she lived alone for the last 45 years of her life, she was always happy and kept a positive outlook on life.


She touched many many lives – students, friends and relatives. She always said she had a great life; she was loved by many.


Mary is survived by her daughter Shirley Lewis of Arlington, TX and grandsons Brian (Kami) Anderson of Arlington, TX, Michael (Blythe) Anderson of Reno, NV, and Todd Anderson of Germany, daughter Lynn Lewis Johnson (Ken) of Albuqueque, grandson Kurtis (Chris) Johnson of Alexandria VA, and granddaughter Kaley (Victoria) Johnson-Gonzales of ABQ and their children Adella, Mya and Fabian. She is also survived by great-grandchildren Drew (Jade) Anderson and their 2 children Charley and Landry, of Arlington, TX, Meagan Anderson of Arlington, TX, Sophie Anderson of Reno, NV, and Macall Smith of Albuquerque. She is also survived by sister Rosie Pompeo Purvis of Peoria, IL and many nieces, nephews and cousins.


She was preceded in death by her parents Carlo and Adelina Pompeo and brothers, Jim, Quin, Sam, Earl, Charlie and Antonio Pompeo, and sister Louise Pompeo Castellini.

The family wants to thank Ambercare for the loving care and support they gave Mary the past year; her nurses Robin in Raton, and Sonya in Albuquerque were so compassionate and kind. Finally thank you to Morning Star Assisted Living in ABQ for making the last year of her life comfortable and filled with love….her family is forever grateful.

Memorial services will be Saturday May 13, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church in Raton with pastor Mark Crotinger officiating.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the charity of your choice.

In Loving Memory of Angelina T. Romero

Angelina T. Romero, 94 years old, born July 27, 1922 in Mora New Mexico, went to be with the Lord on May 11, 2017.
Preceded in death by her Father Alberto and Mother Rebecca Trujillo, husband Thomas A. Romero, daughter Eleanor Quair, daughter, Dolores Romero and son Ferman Romero.
Survived by Ernest Romero of California, Eddie, California, Alice Kuehl, California, Christine and George Coly and Victor Romero of Raton, Nee Mexico. Several Grandchildren and Great-Grandchildren.
Recitation of The Most Holy Rosary will be Friday, May 19, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Deacon Tom Alderette. Solemn Mass of the Resurrection will be 10:30 a.m., St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, with Father John Brasher Officiating. Rite of Committal and Interment will follow a Mount Calvary Cemetery.
Arrangements for Angelina T. Romero are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home