Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Mary P. Kos

Mary P. Kos,passed away on August 13, 2017 at the Trinidad Inn Nursing Home at the age of 100.

She was born in Pueblo, Colorado on July 2, 1917 to Mary (Perko) and Joseph Kos Sr.

She graduated from Trinidad High School in 1936.

kosMary was employed  a secretary of Trinidad Catholic Cemetery for 26 years until her retirement.

She liked to crochet and was a talented seamstress.  She also enjoyed watching TV and working crossword puzzles.

She was an avid baseball fan and enjoyed watching the Colorado Rockies.

Preceding her in death are parents, Mary and Joseph Kos Sr., brother Joe (Katie) Kos, sister Anna (Joe) Bradovich, brother n law, Guido Coszalter Sr., nephews David Malone, Eric Kos, and Guido Coszalter Jr.

She is survived by sister Rose Coszalter of Trinidad, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 2PM-6M at the Comi Chapel.
Funeral Services will be Thursday, August 17, 2017 with Rosary at 9AM at the Comi Chapel, followed by the Funeral Mass at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church.
Interment with Rite of Committal will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.
Active pallbearers are Tom Gross, Art Ducharne, Austin Ducharne, Dominic Verquer, Jerry Campbell and Israel Olivas.
Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of George A. Lave

George A. Lave, age 72, passed away unexpectedly at home on August 6, 2017.

He was born in Gulnare, Colorado on May 25, 1945 to Bella (Trujillo) and Pete Lave Sr.

George worked various jobs including as a carrier for the Chronicle News for 31 years.

He was currently employed by the Pueblo Chieftain.

He was preceded in death by parents Bella and Pete Lave Sr, brothers Johnny Lave and Mike Lave.

Survivors are brothers Robert Lave, Cheyenne, Wyoming, Pete Lave Jr., Farmington, NM, Bill Lave, Arvada, CO, sister Lillian Lave Edgewater CO, sister in law, Nancy Lave, Walsenburg, CO,, nieces, Veronica Lave, New Zealand, Taunya Ripley, Duluth, Minnesota, nephew Troy Lave, Elizabeth,CO and many friends.

Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 10AM at St. Antony’s Catholic Church in Aguilar, CO.

Private inurnment at a later date.



Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Alba Evyline (Daves) Belcheff

Alba Evyline (Daves) Belcheff was the third child born to Johnny & Florence (Butler) Daves in February 1925 at the Tate Community southwest of Clayton, New Mexico.


Her brothers and sisters-in-law were William and Zelma (Pettis) and Warren and Doris Jane (McCafferty) Daves. From their home Alba rode horseback two miles to catch the school bus to Clayton.


belchiffShe later moved to town working at the Clayton City Drug Store while completing her junior and senior school years. She also had a natural gift of designing and sewing clothes which would later prove her to be a master seamstress. It was at the Drug Store she encountered the love of her life. Just returning from the army Steve Belcheff of Sofia, NM stepped off the bus, entered the drug store to visit his pharmacist friend. When he saw her he said “one day I’m going to marry her.” And so it was on September 1, 1946. 


They later moved to Springer, NM where they owned and operated Smart Shop Cleaners. A great business opportunity took them to Rato,n NM in 1963 owning/operating Zellers Cleaners until their retirement in 1994. They were very involved in both communities. Alba made clothes for her children, dolls, and dance costumes. Alba initiated the seamstress role at Zellers serving many customers with alterations. She gained a passion, along with her daughter, for genealogy and they made many trips in search of ancestors and distant cousins. She also created a historical book on the residents of Sofia, New Mexico founded by her father-in-law George Belcheff. 


They were blessed with five kids, six grandkids and four great-grandkids. Their kids and spouses are: Retha and Dennis Shiplet, Larry and Debbie (Yob) Belcheff, Debbie and Dennis Selvage, Lynette and Frank Butts, all of Albuquerque; Steve and June (Cambell) Belcheff of New Braunfels, Texas. Six grandchildren: Jolynn (Steve) Kniffin, Scott (Dede) Belcheff, Jerrod Shiplet, Sarah Butts, Erin Farmer, Adam Selvage and four great-grandchildren Alexandra Belcheff, Maiah Torres, Jarin Shope, Allyssa Sandoval, all of Albuquerque. They have numerous nieces and nephews. A special shout-out to caregiver Leanna Downy and neighbors Ron and Linde’ Schuster. 


Alba was preceded in ‘end of earthly journey’ by her parents, brothers, husband, and two daughters-in-law. 
Steve and Alba were swell dancers. Steve has been awaiting her arrival since August 21, 2105. Alba joined him in dance on August 3, 2017.


In lieu of flowers please donate to the charity of your choice

Memorial service 2:00pm August 12, 2017 
Yaksich-Long Funeral Home 1310 South Second Street Raton NM 87740 

Internment Sofia NM Sofia Cemetery 

In Loving Memory of Dallas D. Nance

Dallas D. Nance, 82, of Raton passed away Sunday August 6, 2017 with his children at his side. He was born May 17, 1935 in Athalia, OH, the son of Clarence “Cap” Nance and Ruby Louise Layne.
Dallas was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Leslie Nance and wife Lareta Mae Nance.
Dallas is survived by one son Jody D. Nance of Raton, one daughter Dawn M Smith-Laban and husband Christopher of Raton, step daughter Eliz L Valdez and family of Raton. Grandchildren Matthew Robert Newkirk of Houston TX, Amanda Jean Newkirk of Huntsville TX and Devon Gordon Allison of Raton NM. Great Grandchildren Kota Ray Falls of Huntsville TX, and Kai Michelle Coon of Huntsville TX.
nance gDallas served in the United Stated Air Force from August 22, 1952 to January 15, 1957 and served in the Korean War, also Air Force Reserve from January 15, 1957 until January 16, 1961. He served with the New Mexico State Mounted Patrol for 27 years before retiring as Lieutenant. He was also an avid supporter of the NRA Whittington Center.
By request of the family, cremation has taken place and a private memorial service will held at a later date. In lieu of flowers a donation in memory of Dallas may be given to the NRA Whittington Center, nrawc.org. 
Arrangements and celebration of love for Dallas D. Nance are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of George Sisneros

George Sisneros, age 85 passed away on Monday, August 6, 2017. He was surrounded by all his loved ones at home. He was born on October 3, 1931 in Los Febres, Ocate N.M.

George was preceded in death by his parents, Joe P. Sisneros and Ciria (Guara) Sisneros; brothers: Floyd and Raymond Sisneros; Sisters: Crecensia LeFebre, Piedad Romero and Ethel Salazar.

George is survived by his wife of 60 years, Viola Sisneros, 3 daughters: Olga Neurauter and husband Rick of Raton, Jeanie Ducommun of Raton, and Georgia Henderson and husband Andy of Flowermound, TX; 7 grandchildren, Joshua Ducommun, Christine Neurauter-Fotso, Michael Neurauter, Hayden Ducommun, Megan Neurauter, Colter and McKenzie Henderson; 4 great grandchildren: Aubri, Gio Scarlett and Gabriela.

George is also survived by his 3 brothers: Joe Sisneros Jr. Secundino Sisneros and wife Sherry and Gene Sisneros and wife Janet, all of Raton. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who were very special to him.

George was partner and owner of Sisneros Brothers Mine, Sisneros Brother Timber Contractors, Blue Cab Company, Northside Grocery and Sisneros Brothers Gas and Service. He owned and operated the Big 6 Bar for 41 years. He was also involved in farming and ranching during his lifetime.

sisneros gGeorge was a strong man who instilled his morals and values to his daughters and grandchildren. He loved his westerns, his horses, his John Deere tractor, but his family was his source of happiness. George will be sorely missed, but we know that his reunion with his parents, brothers and sisters will be one of pure joy and happiness.

Visitation will be Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel. On Monday, August 14, 2017 a prayer service will be held at 11:00 A.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will immediately follow at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

A luncheon will be held at the St. Patrick- St. Joseph’s parish hall from 12:00- 3:00 P.M.

Arrangements and celebration of love for George Sisneros are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton. 

In Loving Memory of Violet Notargiacomo

Violet Notargiacomo
Date of Birth:  Thursday, June 3rd, 1920
Date of Death:  Monday, August 7th, 2017

noatgiacomoService Information

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017, 9:30am
St. Patrick – St Joseph’s Catholic Church
104 Buena Vista
Raton, NM  87740
Notice is courtesy  of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of William Dunihoo

William Dunihoo, age 64, passed away at home on August 4, 2017 after a short illness.

Will was born in Big Lake, Texas on June 28, 1953, the son of Dovie Jean (Parker) and Walter William Dunihoo.

FullSizeRender.jpgIn 1986, Will met Yvonne, the love of his life, and  together made a wonderful life filled with love for 31 years. 

He was an avid outdoorsman and liked to hunt, fish and traveling.

Will loved the Trinidad community and its people.

He will be missed by many who knew him.

Preceding him in death are parents Dovie Jean and Walter William Dunihoo, son Johnathan Wilson and brother Bob Dunihoo.

Survivors are his wife Yvonne Wilson of home address  children, Jesscia (Bryan) Casias, FL., Jeremy Cook, Trinidad, Eric (Cathy) Dunihoo, Denver, Shannon (Rick) Davidheiser, WI, Melissa (Jacob) Scholfield, NM, brother Alfred (Pat), WY, sisters Linda Tom, CO, Faye, KS, grandchildren, Shaniah, Hailey, Latausha, Trevor, Calob, Logan, Aspyn, Addy, Trenton, Coln, Ean and Madelyn, mother in law, Lydia Garcia, Trinidad, sisters and brothers in law, Susanna (Scott) Key, CO, Alice (Gilbert) Vigil, TX, Betty Jo Truitt, Trinidad, Albert (Sara) Garcia, Trinidad, Michael Garcia, Trinidad, Tina (Frank) Jungsworth, WA, numerous nieces, nephews and many dear friends, including special friend, David Osterhout.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 3PM-6PM and Thursday from 11AM-2PM at the Comi Chapel.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 3PM at Faith Christian Church with Pastor Bill Frashuer officiating.

Interment will follow at the Trinidad Masonic Cemetery.


Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.


CELEBRATION OF LIFE for Don Phillips will be held Saturday  August 19, 2017  at 11AM at the Lord’s Chapel, Segundo, CO, with Pastor Jason Starinieri officiating.


Phillips dPeople are invited to gather with family immediately following the services for a potluck luncheon.


Private family interment was held.


Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Tony Mascarenas

Tony Mascarenas, age 91, passed away on July 31, 2017 in Raton.


Tony is now on his journey to heaven to be united with his wife of 51 years Nancy. He was preceded in death by his sister Sarah and brother Eloy. He also joins three children Ruth Kenneth and Tony Jr. He is survived by Son Patrick and wife Helen and daughter Joyce and husband Marty Preston his grandchildren Michael, keven and Toni Lynn. The family would like to express a heart felt thank you and many blessing to Susie Mutton for all the care support and giving she has done she took care of him as a member of her family and we are eternally grateful. 
mascarenas tHe was born, June 28th, 1926 in Van Houton, New Mexico. He grew up on a ranch in Roy, New Mexico. Tony joined the U.S. Army in 1944 and fought in the Europcan Theater. He was in the Tank Corp., and among the many battles and excursions he fought was the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944. After the war, he continued in the military, driving a truck throughout Western Europe. After his service he came and went to work in the mines. He worked as a coal miner for over three decades. He was an electrician and was heavily involved in safety for the miners, which he took very seriously. He was also involved in the UMWA Union for over 70 years. He went to Washington to negotiate for a contract when the miners were on strike. Tony was a lifetime member of the VFW, holding office at various times. After his retirement, Tony enjoyed spending winters with his wife in a retirement community in apache Junction, AZ. One of his many loves he has was playing pool, which he enjoyed through most of his life. He loved to have a good time and always had an open ear to listen to anyone who had a problem or just needed to vent. In his later years at Miners LTC, his buoyant personality and wry sense of humor made all the staff fall in love with him. Tony was loved by many and has helped many people throughout his life. His family knows that they were Blessed by having such a caring and loving father, He will be dearly missed by everyone and has left on indelible mark on everyone he has touched. 
Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be on Thursday, August 10, and 2017 at 10:00 A.M. with Deacon Tom Alderette. Solomon Mass of the Resurrection will be on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. with Father Bill Woytavich as the Celebrant. Inurnment will follow at Mount Calvary Cemetery. 
Arrangements for Antonio J. “Tony” Mascarenes are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Theodore “Teddy” Joseph Barela

Theodore “Teddy” Joseph Barela passed away on August 1, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. He was born on March 31, 1971 to Tommy and Josie Casias Barela in Raton, New Mexico.

Teddy was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Frank and Maclovia Martinez Barela, and maternal grandparents Frederico and Geronima Salazar Casias.

Teddy is survived by his parents, girlfriend Tami Farrell, brother Hank Berg, sister Cathy Berg, aunts: Alice, Elsie, Lillian and Nancy, Niece Nikki, great niece Adriana, great nephews Vernon, Dinishio and Nathaniel, best friend Tony the Penguin, and many cousins also survive.

barela tTeddy was a godfather to Antonio Salazar, Jr., Mark Apodaca, Jr. and Tyler Munoz.

Teddy loved to dance, listen to music, go to concerts and sing. He loved to travel, cook and go to and watch movies. He was a devoted NY Yankees fan and Pittsburg Steelers fan. 

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held on Tuesday August 8, 2017 at 10:00 am at the St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church recited by Deacon Thomas Alderette. Followed by the Solemn Mass of the Resurrection at 10:30 with Father Bill Woytavich as Celebrant. Rite of committal and interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

Arrangements for Theodore “Teddy” Joseph Barela are under the direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.