Category: Obituaries

In Memory of Anna Mae Pobor Fonner

Anna Mae Pobor Fonner

Birth date: December 14, 1916
Death date: August 21, 2013


Anna Mae Pobor Fonner was born in the Koehler coal camps, New Mexico. She passed away peacefully at the Village at Lowry August 21, 2013, in Denver CO.  She was spouse of Lt. Col. Edwin Fonner (deceased 28, November 2012).

She grew up in Northern New Mexico, graduating from Raton High School, earning a cosmetology license in Colorado in 1947, and owned Ann’s Beauty Salon in Denver, CO.  Anna Mae married Lt. Col. Fonner on April 2, 1948.  As a result, she had an opportunity to travel to and live in Japan, Germany, and many locales across the United States during Lt. Col. Fonner’s career as a U.S. Air Force pilot.  She also had numerous opportunities in the 1950’s to travel to many towns and villages in Yugoslavia, visiting friends and relatives.


She is survived by one natural son, Dr. Edwin Fonner, Jr., his spouse, Maribeth and grandson, Clifford Edwin Fonner.  She had an adopted daughter, Cornelia Shiver, Lochbuie, Colorado.


She took a lifelong interest in fashion design and the image of the modern woman.  She custom-made many of her own clothing lines after advanced schooling in tailoring and home economics at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX.  She was also a practiced culinary expert who took great pride in image, beauty, and culture.


Anna Mae was a devout practicing Roman Catholic supporting church and school life in all of her cities of residence.  She was a loving, mother of the ‘old school’ – discipline, manners, hard work, and honesty.


Services will place at St. Patrick’s – St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Raton NM on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 9:30 am.  She will be interred in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Raton, NM.   

In Memory of Anthony Coronado


Anthony Edward Coronado age 20, of Raton, NM, passed away Thursday August 15, 2013 in Colorado. He was born September 17, 1992 in Glendale, CA., the son of Richard E. Carino and AnaLouisa Coronado. Anthony was an employee of Rocky Mountain Metal and was a graduate of the New Mexico Youth Challenge Academy and was 2nd lieutenant in the New Mexico Colfax County Volunteer Fire Department. He loved working on cars and rap music. He is preceed in death by his Great Grand Father Edward Carino, his grandfather Richard Anthony Carino and great grandmother Betty Louise Hurst and step grandfather 
Charlie Segovia. Anthonyh is survived by his fiance Iesha Cruz of Clayton, daughter Asja Sabina Coronado of Raton, mother AnaLouisa Coronado of Raton, and brother Henry Iseac Coronado of Raton.
Memorial services will be Friday August 23, 2013 at 12:00 Noon at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel in Raton with full Fireman Honors.
Arrangements and celebration of love for Anthony Edward Coronado are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.


In Memory of Andrew A Ulibarri

Age 68, of Raton, NM passed away June 11, 2013.  He is preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Natividad Ulibarri; brothers: george, Joe Jr, JV, and Arthur Ulibarri.


Andrew is survived by his wife of 43 years, Rosabel Ulibarri; his daughter Jackie Lujan (Albert); his sons Randy Ulibarrie (Nicole), John Paul Ulibarri; sisters Joann Sandoval, Jane Valdez (Pete), Lupe (Abie) Montoya, and Patsy Padilla (Ralph) and brother, Johnny Del Valle ( Sandra); granddaughter: Brandi Ulibarri and Azariah Blaubach; grandson Michael Chavez.


Andrew belonged to the United Mine Workers of America (UMWA).  He loved singing and playing the guitar with his family and friends.


Serving as pallbearers were: Randy Ulibarri, Albert Lujan, Johnny Del Valle, Gary Gonzales, Gilbert gonzales, Ralph Padilla.  Honorary pallbearer  is John Paul Ulibarri.


There will be a memorial mass on Aug 24, 2013 at 11:00AM at St Patrick’s-St Joeseph’s Catholic church in Raton NM.  The family invites you to attend the memorial and small luncheon at the Parish hall following the Mass.  Andrew was buriedi n pecos NM on June 15, 2013

In Memory of Kevin Anthony John Salazar

Obituary for Kevin Salazar

Kevin Anthony John Salazar age 20, of Raton, NM, passed away Thursday August 15, 2013 in Colorado. He was born May 26, 1993 in Raton, NM the son of Pennie and Skip Johnson, Kevin was a Artist of all kinds, loved tattooing, Poetry, and music. He was a nature lover and was a kind and tender hearted young man. He had attended the Roswell Youth Challenge Military Academy. 

He is preceded in death by his grandfather Floyd C. Mares. He is survived by his Parents Pennie and Skip Johnson of Corpus Christi, TX, sister Naomi Mares and brother Zachary Mares of Corpus Christi, TX. And grandmother Jackie Mares.

Memorial services and celebration of love will be Friday August 23, 2013 at 12:00 noon at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel.

Arrangements and celebration of love for Kevin Anthony John Salazar are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.


Additional information was provided by the family in Raton NM.:

 Kevin was also preceded in death by his grandmother Cora Gonzales.  Survivors include his father Johnny Salazar and stepmother Sandra Salazar, brothers; Christian Salazar of Raton NM, John Salazar & family of Albuquerque, Joshua Salazar & family, Jerrod Salazar & family of Trinidad CO, sister; Brandie Sandoval of Rio Rancho NM, Stephanie Brown & family of Trinidad CO.  He is survived by numerous aunts, uncles, nephews & nieces, and grandfather Christopher Gonzales.

 Our memories of Kevin will never be forgotten, he will be greatly missed and in our minds forever.


In Memory of Ophelia M Vigil

(June 20, 1930 – August 19, 2013) 


Ophelia M. (Arellano) Vigil, age 83, died Monday, August 19, 2013, in Amarillo, Texas.

Services are pending at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.

Ophelia M. (Arellano) Vigil was born on June 20, 1930 in Clayton, New Mexico to Jesus M. Arellano and Escolastica (Gonzales) Arellano. A lifelong resident of UnionCounty, Ophelia married Gomisindo P. “Gomez” Vigil in June of 1948 in Raton, New Mexico and he preceded her in death on December 24, 1992. Ophelia worked for Clayton Dry Cleaners for over 30 years and then worked with Gomez as Custodians of the First National Bank of New Mexico for several years. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton. In addition to her parents and husband, Ophelia was preceded in death by a son; Wilfred R. Vigil on April 23, 1978, a daughter; Loretta Gene Vigil on July 24, 1950, 5 sisters; Raquel Joan Arellano, Josephine Goff, Frances Ward, Elsie Romero and Corina Martinez and by 3 brothers; Julian E. “Billy” Arellano, Fermin Arellano and Joe Ben Arellano.


3 DAUGHTERS: Barbara Aragon and Loretta Vigil both of Clayton, New Mexico and Sally Carter of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

1 SON: Leoray Vigil of Clayton, New Mexico.

10 GRANDCHILDREN: James Martinez, Wilfred Vigil, Matthew Aragon, Andre Aragon, Candace Aragon, Mark Aragon, Charetta West, Bradley Carter, Stephen Vigil and Christian Sintas.

8 Great-Grandchildren

And numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.


In Memory of Fred Parker Sr.

(December 31, 1915 – August 18, 2013) 

 Fred Parker, Sr. 97 of Raton, New Mexico passed away on Sunday August 18, 2013 in Raton. He was born December 31, 1915 in Springer, New Mexico to Robert and Anne Parker. He was a World War II veteran and a member of the UMWA.

Fred was preceded in death by his wife of 72 years Elizabeth in May 2013, grandson Jed Young, son-in-law Fred Young, two brothers and two sisters.

He is survived by daughter Ruth Anne Young, three sons Fred Jr. (Susie), Leo (Donna), and David (Kathy) all of Raton, Seven grandchildren, Debra Montoya, Tammy Case, Sam Young, Dennis Parker, Becky Walker, Matthew Parker, and Seth Parker. Six great-grandchildren, Eric Montoya, Tyler Case, Ryan Montoya, Tanner Case, Reese Parker and Rylie also survive. He is also survived by numerous relatives and many friends.

Funeral services will be on Wednesday August 21st, 2013 at 10:00am at the FirstBaptistChurch with Pastor Ed Buerkle officiating. Burial to follow at the FairmontCemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

In Memory of Elinora M Padilla

(January 18, 1927 – August 3, 2013) 

Elinora M. Padilla went to be with the Lord on August 3rd 2013, in Raton, New Mexico. She was born January 18th 1927 in Blossburg, New Mexico, the daughter of Higino Chavez, and Carmen Salazar. She was a lifetime member of St.Patrick, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, She was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmelites Society.

She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Carmen Padilla Smith, Sister Alice Aragon.

She is survived by her husband Louis Padilla of the family home, Sister Lala Casados from Pueblo Co. Sons, Patrick Padilla and wife Jonallyn, Joseph and wife Valerie, Richard Padilla, Michael and wife Kelly, Alex and wife Audrey, Gilbert and wife Shelby. Daughters, Irene Vigil and Victor, Frances Cardenas and Richard, Virginia Martinez and David, Anna Wehrle and Tim, Julie Padilla-Valdez and Tim, Son-in-law Mike Smith of Taos. 50 Grandchildren, 40 Great- Grandchildren, 5 Great Great – Grandchildren.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will take place Wednesday August 7th at 7:00 p.m. at St. Patrick-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Solemn Mass of the Resurrection will be held Thursday August 8th at 9:30 a.m. with Father John Trambley as the celebrant. lnurnment will take place at a later date.

Funeral arrangements for Elinora Padilla are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in the Honor of Elinora M.Padilla, in care of the Padilla family.

In Memory of Nina L. Cleveland

(October 2, 1926 – August 10, 2013)

Nina L. (Miller) Cleveland, age 86, died Saturday, August 10, 2013, in Susanville, California.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at the Amistad Cemetery in Amistad, New Mexico with Rev. Jay Jones, pastor of the Amistad United Methodist Church officiating. Arrangements are by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.

Nina L. (Miller) Cleveland was born on October 2, 1926, in Aberdeen, Texas to William Idus “Jack” Miller and Goldie Odell (Dodd) Miller. She was raised in Amistad, New Mexico and attended school in Amistad and later in Clayton where she graduated. Nina married Grover L. “Alex” Cleveland on April 26, 1946 in Clayton, New Mexico and he preceded her in death on August 17, 1998. They lived in Amistad until 1953 when they moved to California. Alex retired in 1982 and they moved to Prescott, Arizona. In addition to her husband and parents, Nina was preceded in death by 2 brothers, William “Chick” Orville Miller on November 15, 2004 and Sidney Miller and by a sister; Tula.


4 SONS: Jim Cleveland and his wife Debbie of Susanville, California, Kenneth Cleveland and his wife Connie of Bend, Oregon, Jack Cleveland and his wife Gail of Valencia, California and Gary Cleveland and his wife Trudy of Huntington Beach, California.

1 DAUGHTER: Terri Bailey and her husband Scott of Lake Arrowhead, California.

10 Grandchildren

11 Great-Grandchildren

and her siblings; Scott, Virginia, Tressie, Betty, Joy, Clarissa, Brenda and Kathy.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P. O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

In Memory of Jonathan Mora

Michael Mora age 52, of Raton, NM passed away July 27, 2013 in Raton. He was born March 2, 1961 in Raton, NM, the son of George G. and Martha Sedillo-Mora. Michael had worked most of his life in construction.

He is preceded in death by his father, George and sister Anna Ocana. Michael is survived by his mother Martha Mora of Raton, NM, two daughters, Shannon Delgado and husband Ricky and Maria Mora all of Albuquerque, NM. Two sisters, Barbra Avila of Glendale, AZ, and Theresa Vigil and husband Raymond of Midland, TX. Three grandchildren Domenic Mora of Raton, NM, Emily Silva and Anthony Duran of Albuquerque, NM. 

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Friday August 9, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. at St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton. Mass of the Resurrection will be Saturday August 10, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father John Trambley as the celebrant. Inurnment will be at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Raton.

Cremation arrangements for Jonathan Michael Mora are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Memory of Olivia Frakes

Olivia Frakes age 74, of Raton, NM, passed away Wednesday August 7, 2013 in Raton. She was born April 29, 1939 in Springer, NM, the daughter of Ralph and Kathryn Hephner-Brown. Olivia had managed the Spur Lounge for more than twenty years.

She is preceded in death by her parents. Olivia is survived by two sons, Larry Redlich and wife Bimbi of Raton and Bryan Redlich and wife Jennifer of Quincy, ILL. Four sisters LaDonna Powel of Seadreft, TX, Edythe Johnson of Raton, Carole Romero and husband Dick of Raton and ZoeAnn Mattorano and husband Paul of Trinidad, CO. one brother Albert Brown of Hando, NM. Four grandchildren Jordan Redlich, Joshua Redlich, Santana Casis and husband Patrick and Setiva Romero and finance Nick. Three great grandchildren Sarrissa, Cameron and Natalia.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be Saturday August 17, 2013 at 9:30 A.M. at St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church recited by Frank Cimino Jr. Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 10:00 A.M. with Father John Trambley as the celebrant, inurnment will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

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