Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Valorie Ann Woods

Valorie Ann Woods, affectionately known  by many as Ms. Val, passed away unexpectedly at home on February 23, 2017. She was 58.

She was born in Trinidad, CO on August 31, 1958 , the first child of eight children to Martha and Jim Felthager.

woods valShe was currently employed for Alta Vista Alternative Care.

Valorie was a kind, caring and loving person and her door was always opened to everyone.

Survivors are her three children, Jolene (Aaron) Brown, Bob Woods, Payton Gilstrap, three grandchildren, Aaron and Jenna Brown, Akiaca Gilstrap. brothers Jim (Bonnie) Felthager, Kenny (Shanna) Felthager, Joe Felthager, sisters, Cindy Martinez, Diana (Abel) Castellano, Carol Felthager, Brenda (Joseph) Felthager, 18 nieces and nephews, 17 great nieces and great nephews, other relatives and friends.

At her request, cremation with private family services.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Jose (Joe) Isidor Gomez

Jose (Joe) Isidor Gomez, age 72, died in Lakewood, CO on February 17, 2017.

He was born May 15, 1944 in Trinidad, CO.

He attended school in Sopris and Trinidad, CO.

Jose made his home in Littleton, CO and worked as an RTD bus driver until his retirement.

He loved to be outdoors, camping,, hunting and fishing.

Joe also loved to attend genealogy conferences in New Mexico, learning more of his family history, proudly publishing  two books with information gathered by he and his wife over the last twenty years.

He was a very special person who loved to listen and dance to Spanish music.

Joe will be remembered fondly for his big heart and caring soul, always keeping in contact with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eduardo and Manuelita Gomez, siblings, Ernie Gomez and wife Rose, Louie Gomez and Richard Gomez, sisters Margaret Rubal and husband Bob, Emma Apodaca, Madeline Barela ,brothers in law Erminio Lovato and Harold Lovato.

Survived by wife of 26 years, Cindy Olivas Gomez, sisters, Barbara Lovato, Denver, CO, Dora Lovato, Trinidad, CO, brother Charles (Jane) Gomez, Lakewood, CO.

Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 1PM at Horan-McConaty Family Chapel, 3101 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Lakewood, CO, 80227.

Inurnment at Carpio-Longsdale Catholic Cemetery, Trinidad, CO, at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Parkinsons Association of the Rockies, 1325 S. Colorado Blvd, Suite 2048, Denver, CO, 80222.

Joe grew up in a large, caring and loving family and will surely be missed.

In Loving Memory of Ronald Joe Tafoya

Ronald Joe Tafoya was born July 6, 1964 to Edward and Maxine Tafoya from Capulin, NM. Ronnie was called home to be with the Lord on February 10, 2017.


tafoya ronRonnie graduated from Des Moines High School in 1982, he also joined the Army National Guard where he served his state and country proudly and retired from the guard in 2004. Ronnie also worked for Caterpillar for many years as a diesel mechanic.

Ronnie enjoyed Spanish music, country music, dancing and loved to travel. He had a passion for elderly people and would lend an ear to hear their stories. Although he never had children of his own he thought his nephew Pinon was just about it. He loved his parents, brothers, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. Ronnie would give his shirt off his back even if it was the only one he had. He had a big heart and was willing to help anyone.

Ronnie battled cancer for approximately three years and never let it get him down, he fought to the end. He passed away in Denver where he called home, escorted by a legion of angels he was escorted to heaven where he will be beside his father, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Ronnie is survived by his mother, Maxine Tafoya of Raton, brothers Jimmy Tafoya and wife Robin of Branson, MO. Ray Tafoya and wife Elsie of Raton and Ricky Tfoya and wife Helen of Albuquerque, NM. Numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. Ronnie will be missed by all who knew him.

Funeral services will be Saturday February 25, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel with the Tafoya family officiating. Burial will be in the Mountain View Cemetery in Capulin.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Ronnie Joe Tafoya are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Antoinette M. Martinez

Antoinette M. Martinez born January 27, 1950 in Raton, New Mexico, she went to be with the Lord on February 15, 2017.

Antoinette is preceded in death by her parents Phil T. Vargas and Bertha M. Vargas, son Manuel A. Vargas, Grandparents Bridgo and Carlota Salazar and Nabor and Pablita Vargas, Sister-in-law Priscilla Vargas and many other family members.

She is survived by her husband Eloy Martinez, daughter Veronica Sanchez and son Joseph Vargas, sisters Lucille (Gilbert) Gutierrez, Jeanette (Pete) Martinez and brother Michael Vargas. Grandchildren Shantele Medkiff, Ryan (Alicia) Sanchez, Katrina Vargas and Rachel Sanchez. Great grandchildren Isaiah Sanchez, Serenity Medkiff and Cayden Shaffer. Also numerous uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces.

martinex antoiAntoinette was a loving housewife and mother. She was employed with Children, Youth and Families where she enjoyed working with her elderly clients and co-workers. She retired from the Miners’ Colfax Medical Center Long Term Care Center as a ward clerk where she enjoyed all the residents. She enjoyed playing bingo, but most of all she loved spending time with her family.

Visitation will be Sunday February 26, 2017 from 4:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel in Raton. Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be on Monday February 27, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Patrick’s – St. Joseph’s Catholic Church recited by Michael Vargas and Frank Cimino, Mass of the resurrection will follow at 10:30 A.M. with Father William Woytavich as the celebrant, rite of Christian burial will be at Fairmont Cemetery in Raton.

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

In Loving Memory of James “Robert” Apodaca

James “Robert” Apodaca, entered eternal life on February 20, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Denver, CO to James and Isabel Apodaca on May 21, 1961.

Robert attended area schools and considered himself a professional driver. He worked for Sno-White Linen and Medco Professional Services.

Apodaca PicRobert spent countless hours traveling Colorado and New Mexico highways and back roads.

He liked to spend all his spare time on the golf course, rain or shine.

He was a devoted Broncos fan, rarely missing a game.

Robert enjoyed watching TV, bowling and traveling.  He enjoyed driving his grandchildren from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and everywhere in between.

On Thursday, February 16, 2017, Robert gave his life to Jesus and is now enjoying being in the presence of his Savior, where there is no more pain, sorrow or tears, just joy unspeakable…………….

Preceding him in death is father James D. Apodaca.

He is survived by his children, Rachel Apodaca, Steven Apodaca, Frances (Joe) Trujillo, Jessica (John) Garcia, Daniel Kirby and best friend Eva Campbell of Trinidad.

Also surviving are his mother Isabel Apodaca (Harry Bittner), grandchildren, Michael LaCrue, Nikki Apodaca, Larissa Apodaca, Meloree Apodaca, Alysse Trujilo, Maria Trujillo, Kourtney Trujillo, Ariana Apodaca, Javier Garcia, Jesse Garcia, John Apodaca, brothers Manuel Apodaca, Benji Apodaca, sister Catherine (Mark) Paino, Uncle Alfred Medkiff, aunt Helen Martinez, special niece, Jennifer Apodaca, special nephew, J.J., Apodaca, niece Tina Apodaca, his dog Tank, numerous other relatives and many friends.

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

Funeral will be Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 1PM at First Christian Church with Bill Glidden officiating.

Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Active pallbearers are John Duran, Steven Apodaca, J.J. Apodaca, Michael LaCrue, Joe Trujillo and Manuel Apodaca.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.


In Loving Memory of Robert ( Jerry-Bob) G. Miller

Robert ( Jerry-Bob) G. Miller, 74, passed away peacefully on Friday, February 17, 2017.


millerHe was born in Hamlet, Indiana on October 23, 1942. Robert was in the Navy for 2 years active duty on a Sea Plane Tender, the USS Salisbury Sound in Vietnam, Japan and the Philippines. He was in the National Guard for 2 years. Robert started his career as a meat cutter with Safeway in Denver, Co moved on to Manager of Kaune’s Market in Santa Fe, NM then moved up to store director of Albertsons in Clovis, NM to becoming the CEO / Owner of Poor Boys Butcher Shop in Clovis, NM. His hobbies were fishing, camping, hunting, carpentry, BBQ grill master, gardening and spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paulne (Cassady) Miller and John Louis Miller Sr., his two brothers, John L. Miller Jr. and James Miller and one sister JoAnne Miller.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Jody) Miller of Pecos, N.M.. They were married in Broomfield, Colorado and were married for 51 years. He will be sadly missed by his sister Jan Miller (Rich) of Lakewood, Co., his son Eric D. Miller of Clovis, N.M. and his daughter Jeryl (Jeri) Vigil (Ricky) of Pecos, N.M. his five grandchildren, Nathan Miller of Pecos. N.M., Jessica Miller of Clovis, N.M., Matthew Vigil of Pecos, N.M., Vivian Miller of Lubbock, TX. Aleigha Miller, of Clovis, N.M. and his 3 great-children, Kymberly Miller of Pecos. N.M., Braiden C. Simonini of Clovis, N.M., Bailey L. Miller of Lubbock, TX. and various other family members and friends.

Please join the family on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel at 9:30 A.M. Internment immediately following at the Fairmont Cemetery in Raton New Mexico.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Robert G. Miller are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Bernard M. Hurtado

Bernard M. Hurtado, of Raton, New Mexico passed away on February 9th, 2017.


Bernard was born on April 5th, 2000 in Raton to Beverly Sadler in Raton, New Mexico. Bernard was a student of Maxwell High School.


Bernard is preceded in death by Grandfather Frank Hurtado of Raton, New Mexico on December 12th, 2010 and Bernice M. Hurtado of Raton, NM on December 21, 2016.


Bernard is survived by his mother Beverly Sadler of Denver, Colorado. Brother, Frank Hurtado of Raton, New Mexico, Sister Leilani Hurtado of Denver, Colorado. Grandmother Bobbie Jo Hurtado. Great Nephew of Andrea Hurtado, Belinda Valles, First Cousin, Christine Loredo, Second Cousins, Lucien Loredo and Victoria Loredo, Third Cousins Genevieve Loredo, Layla Loredo, Lorali “Max” Loredo, and numerous family members of Denver, Colorado.


Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be on Thursday, February, 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Deacon Tom Alderette officiating. Solemn Mass of the Resurrection will be on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father Bill Woytavich Officiating.

Arrangements for Bernard Hurtado are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Mark Andrew Valdez

Mark Andrew Valdez. age 53 of Raton, passed away Tuesday February 14, 2017 in Raton.


valdez mHe was born June 20, 1963 in Martinez, California the son of Arthur and Nancy Segura-Valdez.


He was a carpenter and loved to be with his family.


Mark is preceded in death by his father, Arthur Valdez, maternal grandparents, Arthur and Lena Segura, Paternal grandparents, Harvey and Lola Valdez, and brother Charles Valdez and many other family members.


He is survived by his wife Theresa Valdez of Raton, step daughter Ashlee Martinez of Clayton, NM, step son, Lakin Martinez of Clayton, NM, Mother Nancy Valdez of Raton, sisters, Debra Tapia of Raton, Darlene Arteaga and husband Javier of Albuquerque, NM, and Kathern Massey and husband Chad of Mesa, AZ. One brother Harvy A. Valdez of Raton. Nieces Elena Tapia and Gabe, Tina Martinez, Sara Tapia, Melanie Tapia and husband Daniel Romero Miquela Tapia and Dion Jojola, Jesica Arteaga Cruz and husband Filiberto Cruz, and Vanessa M. Valdez and Savannh M. Valdez, Nephews Israel Arteaga and wife Keann and Charles A . Valdez and Harvey E. Valdez and wife Gina. Pat Alcala, Mr and Mrs John Aguilar, Rosemary Belki, Orlando Valdez, Leo Segura, June Segura, Leonard and Loretta Segura, Mr and Mrs Joe Duncan, Mr and Mrs Gilbert Vigil and also numerous Uncles and Aunts. Nephews and nieces
Jaden, Adrian, Donoven, Diane, Joann, Mark, Darlene, Michael, Diana, Gabriel, Salo, Seth, Riaha, Leaha, Dion Jr.
Sierra, Soriah, Mike, Ariana, Kiana, Jeremy, Christopher.
Darlene and husband Anthony-
Javier, Antonio, Jazmine, Arahi, Nevaeh, Isariha, Elijah.

Great great nephew and nieces Anthony, Kayden, Avianna, Alana

Visitation will be Sunday February 19, 2017 from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Monday at 10:00 A.M. at St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church recited by Deacon Tom Alderette. Mass of the resurrection will follow at 10:30 with Father William Woytavich as the celebrant. Rite of Christian burial will be in the Mt. Calvary cemetery in Raton.

Special thanks to Robin Pilley, MCMC, Dr. Lopez and all who took care of Mark with love and kindness, May God Bless You.

Services and celebration of love for Mark Andrew Valdez are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Violet Margaret Paolucci Montera

Violet Margaret Paolucci Montera passed away February 16, 2017 in Greeley, Colorado. She had just celebrated her 90th birthday with her son and granddaughters and great-granddaughter.  


Violet was born on February 12, 1927 to Gaetano and Lucy (Kabuda) Paolucci of Starkville. She graduated from Trinidad High School in 1944 and began working for Trinidad Power Company.  On April 10, 1948 at 7:00 am in the morning she married Francis (Frank) Anthony Montera at Holy Trinity Catholic Church.  She always joked that the early morning time was a test to see who would attend. Many people did. They were married for 66 years until December, 2014 when Frank passed. 


She and Frank built a family business. They said it was built on peanuts (Tom’s Peanuts). Violet was the detail and business manager, and truck loader.  Frank was the salesperson.They had help from their two children loading the truck on cold winter days and nights and working the warehouse. Violet’s mom, Lucy Paolucci, also kept watch on the warehouse and helped with the inventory.  They retired from the business in 1990.


MONTERAViolet was a lifelong resident of Trinidad. She was active in the community in many ways including PTA’s, various fundraising events and helped the THS Band Parents raise funds to play in the Cotton Bowl in 1973 by selling lots of potatoes! She is well-known for her hard work and her creativity.  She belonged to the Fisher’s Peak Hobby Club. She made intricatepersonal Christmas decorations, which she loved creating for friends and family each year.  She was also an avid bowler and in many tournaments with her teams. In 1986, she began volunteering for the Welcome Center when it opened and continued in that role at the Center for several decades. In 1990, she was honored for her over 2000 hours of service.    


She was preceded in death by her husband and parents. She is survived by her children, Viki Montera (Husband, Paul Heckman) of Davis, CA and Rick Montera (Wife, Jimmi Jo) of Greeley, CO; grandchildren Chancy Love (husband, Zach), Jena Ruvolo (husband, Mike), and Keiley Montera; step-grandchildren Geoffrey (Laura) Heckman and Joshua (Melissa) Heckman of Maine, Erika Heckman of Arizona, Garett and Colby Ripsam of Greeley, a great granddaughter, Faith Ruvolo and step-grandchildren, Logan, Liam, Ella, and Joseph Heckman; a sister, Lucille Ozello, brother and sister-in law, Tano and Loretta Paolucci of LaJunta; brother–in-law and sister-in-law John and Irene Montera; and numerous nieces and nephews. 


On Monday, as she was thinking about her life, she told her son, “You know, I have had a very good life.”  She did.  She worked hard, cared a great deal about others and instilled the same in her family members. She left the world a better place.  She will be missed. 


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


Services will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, February 22, 2017  at Fisher’s Peak Community Church, 10377 Santa Fe Trail, Trinidad, with Pastor Rick Thomas officiating. Entombment will follow at the Our Lady of Sorrow Mausoleum, Trinidad Catholic Cemetery. 


Active pallbearers are Mark Paolucci, Jeff Paolucci, Bob Shew, Jim Montera, Ron Barela, Rick Cordova and Tim Jordan.  


The family respectfully requests  that donations be made to the charity of your choice in her honor.  


The family may be contacted at Rick’s home address:  34283 Weld County Rd. #33, Greeley, CO 80631 


Arrangements are made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home. 

In Loving Memory of Mariana Floyd Buhr

Mariana Floyd Buhr passed away on February 13, 2017 in Trinidad, CO at the age of 88.


She was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Anna (McDonald) Floyd, 4 infant siblings, Her Husband of 63 years, Robert E. (Bob) Buhr and Her Son Fred Buhr.


Survivors are Sons- Bob Gene (Sheila) Buhr of Yarbrough, Oklahoma; Fred (Deceased) (Sue) Buhr of Denver, CO; Bill (Karen) Buhr of Hoehne, CO; Bert (Vickie) Buhr of Sugar City, CO; Daughters – Susan (Mike) Gammill of Attica, KS; Nanette (Sam) Marchetti of Encampment, WY. 15 Grandkids, Robert (Jana) Buhr, Justin Buhr, Jeff (LeAnn) Buhr, Wade Buhr, Ellen Shelley, Kristy (Justin) Bennett, Jayson (Becky) Buhr, Matt (Melissa) Buhr, Dan (Kellie) Buhr Shawn (Desta) Buhr, Lavica (Timothy) Gates, Sandy (Ryan) Dohm, Kayla (Austin) Young, Marion Marchetti and Jamie Marchetti. 24 Great Grand Kids – Jordan, Jacee and Jett Buhr, Faith Buhr, Jerica, Jadin & Joseph Shelley, Jaydon Warnke, Karson and Kalen Bennett, Dally (Kyle) Maier, Bryce Buhr, Sidney Buhr (Kyle Johnson), Wyatt, Weston and Sadie Buhr, Tritt, Duke and Joni Buhr, Madelynn, Asa and Lorelei Gates, Colby Green, and Cooper Bryant. 2 Great Great Grand Kids – Kayson and Waylon. Other survivors are many close friends, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mariana was born on February 19, 1928 in Raton, NM & lived on Johnson Mesa, NM with her parents Fred & Anna Floyd.


Due to the severe winters on Johnson Mesa, NM, school was held in the summer. Mariana rode her horse or walked about 2 miles to attend the Johnson Mesa Center School from 1st thru 8th grade – to a one-room, later two-room school house. She started each high school year riding the school bus from Johnson Mesa, NM; then the family moved closer to school during the winter. The icy weather was the reason her parents decided to rent winter pasture & drive the cattle back & forth. Some of the rented pastures were near; Malpi & Farley, NM; Kenton, OK & Barela, CO. Mariana rode Tony Maes’s two-seater Model A Ford that he used for the school bus from Barela to Hoehne for her 2nd semester of sophomore year. Mariana helped her parents on the ranch until graduation from Raton High School in May 1944. She completed 2 years as a Home Economics Major at NM State College in Las Cruces.

On July 26, 1946, Bob & Mariana were married in Raton, NM. Bob worked at Capital Auto Supply & Mariana worked at Drake Electrical and then Rocky Mountain Coal Company in Raton. They lived & worked in Raton and helped out on the ranch on Johnson Mesa, NM. In 1949, the first of six children was born, and they moved to their current home in Trinchera. Their wages were the cream check from hand milking the cows. They lived on Johnson Mesa, NM in the summer and Trinchera in the winter, trailing the cattle between both places. They raised six children, farmed, ranched & milked cows all while they moved 34 times in 17 years. In 1965, they rented land in Las Animas County and went to work for themselves. They drove the Branson School bus accident-free for 13 years. Bob worked for the county and labor union for a short period of time, where he helped build Trinidad Dam and repair Raton Pass Road. He was janitor at Branson School and drove the bus for activity trips. Mariana drove the daily school bus most of the time, while Bob did other work. Spending all day in Branson with chores waiting at home seemed poor time management, so Mariana started classes at TSJC to become a certified librarian. She attended and summers at Adams State College, and she practice-taught under the late Odessa Sheldon. She graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and was qualified in Library and Music. Mariana graduated in 1972; the same day that her father died. She also served one term on the Branson School Board.

Bob & Mariana raised their kids as members of the Sacred Hearts Catholic Church in Trinchera where Mariana played the Pump Organ. They stayed busy with their kids in LAC 4-H, Basketball and Baseball with all six kids graduating at Branson High School. Bob and Mariana loved to travel and watch their families’ activities. They also enjoy supporting the youth at the LAC, 4-H, sale. Bob was a member of NM Cattle Growers Assoc., LAC Livestock Assoc. & Colorado Cattlemen’s Association. Bob enjoyed ranching and family.


Mariana Buhr picMariana was a member of LAC Cowbelles and was a state director for the NM Women’s Bowling Assoc. She enjoyed playing bridge, bowling and helping on the family ranch. Mariana has a 50 Year Member Pin for Home Demonstration earned between CO and NM. She also researched and compiled the original homestead patents for Johnson Mesa, NM into a book titled, “Johnson Mesa”, copyrighted in 1997.

In Lieu of Flowers, please donate to Johnson Mesa Church, your Local 4-H group or Local EMS.

Visitation will be Thursday from 3PM-7PM at the Comi Chapel.
Rosary will be recited Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 7PM at the Legacy , 33 Legacy Lane, Trinidad, CO.
Funeral services will be held Friday, February 24, 2017 at St. Patrick’s -St. Joseph Catholic Church in Raton, NM, with eulogy at 10:15, delivered by Mr. Frank Cimino, followed by Funeral Mass at 10:30AM.
Burial to follow at Johnson Mesa Cemetery if weather permits.
Following services, a meal will be held at St. Joseph’s Fellowship Hall in Raton.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.