Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Alex C. Marez

Memorial service for Alex C. Marez 69, will be held in Lawton, OK, at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at Mt. Scott Kiowa Methodist Church in Lawton, OK with the Rev. Jeffrey Haag officiating. Arrangements under the direction of Southwest Burials and Cremations.

Alex came into this world March 10, 1948, in Seaside California to Coldo and Sally Lopez Mares. He went home to be with the Lord in a hospital in Wichita Falls, Texas with family at his bedside. Alex, who had many friends and family who affectionately knew him as Diggy, Juarez, Poncho, Mongo, Big Man, and probably a few others. He grew up in Raton, New Mexico where he attended school. As a young man, be worked at a tennis shoe factory where he met his wife to be Judy Bonomelli. Alex married Judy in 1973; they just celebrated their 44th anniversary together. Alex moved to Lawton, OK in 1979 where he worked in construction as a heavy equipment operator. His main joy in life was his family especially his grandchildren (all of them). 


Alex is survived by his wife Judy, also his daughter Becky Marez and grandson Austin all of the home. One son Anthony Marez and his wife Crystal and their children Anthony Jr., Alex and Heavenlee of Lawton, OK. Alex is also survived by his six sisters Rose Mares of Raton, NM, Stella Huerta and husband Jesus of Raton, NM, Charlotte Casillas of Raton, NM, Veronica Sanchez of Victoria, TX, Elaine Hernandez of Raton, NM and Lucy Vigil of Fontana, CA, and five brothers, Joe Sanchez and wife Margaret of Raton, NM, Paul Mares and wife Sheila of Guymon, OK, Pat Mares and wife Carol of Raton, NM, Dean Mares and wife Susan of Fontana, CA Pete Mares of Fontana, CA. He also has many extended family members to include nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles. 

Alex is preceded in death by his infant son Alex and infant daughter Naomi, his parents and grandparents Celso and Grace Lopez, Brothers Floyd, Lawrence, Leonard, Nash Mares and one sister Helen Mares.

Local arrangements for Alex C. Marez are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

When God Saw You Getting Tired

When God saw you getting tired
and a cure was not to be
He put his arms around you and whispered “come to me”
He didn’t like what you went through
and he gave you rest.
His garden must be beautiful
He only takes the BEST!!
And when we saw you sleeping
So peaceful and free from pain
We wouldn’t wish you back
To suffer that again.
Today we say goodbye
And as you take your final rest
That garden must be beautiful
Because you are one of the BEST

In Loving Memory of Preciliano Joseph (Press) Martin

Preciliano Joseph (Press) Martin, also known as Joseph Martinez, 71 passed away in Raton, NM on July 8th, 2017.


Preciliano was born in Denver, Colorado on February 25, 1946 to Maria del Refugio (Ruby Benavidez) Martin and Jose Reynaldo (Ray) Martin who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Roman Benavidez and Ignacia Archuleta of Rowe, New Mexico and his paternal grandparents Jose Preciliano Martin and Sara Paulina Velarde of Watrous, New Mexico.


He was raised in Rowe, New Mexico and attended school in Rowe, Pecos, Santa Fe and Brighton, Colorado. He was descended from some of the oldest families in New Mexico. 

Precilino worked for a time in Los Angeles, CA and then as a barber in the Denver area for a few years until he returned to New Mexico and worked at Glorieta Baptist Conference Center in Glorieta, NM until he started a career with the U.S. Forest Service in May of 1971 as a forest fire fighter. He worked on the Carson National Forest in New Mexico, the Clearwater National Forest in Idaho, the Custer National Forest in Montana, the Superior National Forest in Minnesota, the Chequamegon and Nicolet National Forest’s in Wisconsin and retiring in every western state and management spanning the last 28 years of the 20th century. 

After his retirement he returned home to New Mexico, living for a time in Alamogordo before moving to Raton in 2004. Precilino spend his time in retirement hiking, fishing, doing yard work, remodeling their two houses in Raton and traveling the surrounding area studying and documenting his family’s history. Presiliano was very interested in a read extensively the history of New Mexico. 

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Donna DeVault Martin of the family home, sons Alonzo Issac, of Seattle, WA and Julian Geronimo, of Billings, MT. Also, surviving him are his brother Ron Martin of Rowe, New Mexico, sister Amalia Garcia Lucero of Brighton, Colorado, Maria Deluvina Garcia Thill of Jordan, Minnesota and numerous nephews, nieces and cousins scattered over the entire country. 

As per his wishes there will be no services and the body will be cremated and the ashes scattered somewhere in New Mexico. 

Arrangements for Preciliano Joseph (Press) Martin are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Crist Donald Cunico

Crist Donald Cunico
June 04, 1932 – July 08, 2017


Passed away in Santa Rosa, CA, July 8, 2017 after a brief illness, beloved husband of Nora Cunico. Adored father of Christina Miller (Roy), Crist Karl Cunico (Delcina), Sandra Ramatici (Michael) and Lisa Pfeiffer (Jon). Cherished grandfather of Kyle, Ariana, Sonny, Jake, Charley, Nora Lee, Ross, Karla, Wesley and Alana. Loving great grandfather of three. Dear brother of Edna Mae Kelloff (George). Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

cunico cristCrist, a retired electrical engineer from General Electric has been a Petaluma resident the past 46 years. He was an avid trap shooter and enjoyed traveling in his RV. The proud veteran of the U.S. Army, he was active in the Petaluma VFW, and a longtime member of the Funeral Honors Team. A native of Colorado, he was 85 years of age.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, July 11, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 pm at PARENT-SORENSEN MORTUARY & CREMATORY, 850 Keokuk St., Petaluma. The Vigil Service will be held at 6:00 pm at the mortuary. Family and friends are also invited to attend the Funeral Mass, Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 11:00 am at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 35 Liberty St., Petaluma, CA. Interment to follow. The family prefers memorials be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or to your favorite charity.

In Loving Memory of Anne Marie Kosovich

Anne M. Kosovich age 91, of Bon Carbo, CO, born December 28, 1925, passed away at home July 4, 2017.  


kosovich aBorn at home in Brooklyn, New York, to Pasquale (Pat) and Marie Iglio.  Met and married John (Jack) Kosovich in Brooklyn and then moved with Jack to Bon Carbo to join the rest of the Kosovich family.  She was a postmaster for over 20 years at the Bon Carbo post office.  Anne was a gentle, kind hearted and loving woman who never complained.


Survived by husband of 58 years Jack; sisters Marion and Joan (George); brother Michael; sons John (Annie) and Thomas (Kimberly); grandchildren Varina (David), Nicholas, Thomas Jr., Eric (Claire), Matthew, Steven, Brendan, Molly, Anthony, Lisa, Katherine, Kiley Fatur and Christopher (Caroline) Fatur; great-grandchildren Kurt, Naomi, and Lilia; and nephews and nieces.  Preceded in death by father Pasquale, mother Marie, and nephew George.


Public visitation 10:00 – 11:00 AM Wednesday, July 12, with Rosary at 11:00 and religious services at 11:30 AM, at the Comi Funeral Home in Trinidad.  PRIVATE family burial.


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

In Loving Memory of James “Jaime” Roybal

James “Jaime” Roybal, age 66, passed away June 18, 2017, after a 2 1/2 year battle with cancer.


roybal jBorn May 26, 1952,  he was the son of the late Rose and Ramon Roybal.


Jaime graduated from Trinidad High School and Adam State University with a BA Degree in Bilingual  Education and also received his Masters Degree from the University of Arizona.


Preceding him in death are sisters Dela Abeyta, Linda Mayhill, Betty Lovato and Emma LaCrue.


He is survived  by his wife Theresa S. Roybal, daughter Marivel Roybal, her fiancé Jose Zazueta, granddaughter Sunee Mirazo, his son Javier (Briana) Roybal, granddaughter Emma Roybal,  brothers Ray Roybal, Tim Roybal, sisters Tomasita Bernal, Vera Santistevan, Dolores Diaz, Ruth Smith, Becky Chacon, brother in law Richard Abeyta, numerous nieces, nephews and Godchildren.


Services and interment were held in Tuscon Arizona.

Comi Funeral Home

In Loving Memory of Charles F. Sciacca

Charles F. Sciacca, age 59, passed away at home on July 2, 2017 after  short illness.

Charlie was born in Trinidad, CO, on November 1, 1957, to Josephine (Dighera) and Sam Sciacca, who both preceded him in death.

sciacca cHe attended area schools, graduating from Trinidad High School in 1975.

He was employed by the BNSF Railroad for several years until his retirement.

Charlie’s true passion was riding his Harley Davidson,  and loved spending time with his family and friends.

He will be missed by many.

Survivors are  sister Louise (Ken) Zito, Monument, CO, brother Steve Sciacca, Trinidad, aunt Angie Sciacca, aunt Jennie Novara ,  Trinidad, numerous  cousins, relatives and a host of many dear friends.

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

Rosary will be recited Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 7PM at Holy Trinity Church.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, July 7, 2017 at 10AM at Holy Trinity Church.

Interment will follow at the Trinidad Catholic Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers are Steve Sciacca, Ken Zito, Jim Tortorelli, Andy Ortiz,  Gerald Niccoli, Bill Blatnick and Charlie Bonino.

Active pallbearers are Jim Clark, Ed Hager, John Garcia, Maverick Stanton Sr., Dan Olin and Chad Marquez.

Persons wishing to do so may make contributions in his memory  to the Relay for Life, PO Box 178, Trinchera, CO, 81080.

Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Paul Chris Bernal

Paul Chris Bernal, Age 70 of Raton, N.M. passed away suddenly on June 28, 2017 at Christus St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, NM.


Paul was on November 12th, 1946 in Mora, N.M. to Jose L. Bernal and Cordelia Bernal. Paul was a member of St, Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church for many years.


He was preceded in death by his parents Jose L. Bernal and Cordelia Bernal. Maternal Grandparents Marcelino and Cleo Fernandez, also Alfonso and Louise Trujillo. Paternal Grandparents Pedro Bernal and Elena Bernal. Also, preceeding him in death were 1 Infant brother Juanito Bernal and 1 infant sister Lucille Bernal, the late Teddy L. Bernal. His sons, Ernest P. Bernal and Paul Gene Bernal, 3 loving nephews Joseph R. Garcia, Justin W. Garcia and Kevin A. Garcia and 1 loving niece Cordie J. Montoya, 2 infant nephews: Nathan and John Salazar Jr. Brothers in Law; Lee Tafoya and John Salazar, also numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends.

Paul is survived by his loving companion for the past 28 years; Lorraine Sisneros of Raton, N.M. 1 daughter, Donna M. Bernal of Amarillo, TX. 3 sons, Teddy L. Bernal Sr. and wife Sherri, of Raton, NM, Anthony C. Bernal of At ladena, CA, Mark E, Sisneros and wife Cortney of Colorado Springs, CO. 4 sisters; Rebecca Salazar of Fort Lupton, CO, Marcella and husband Ted Guara, Helen and Joe Garcia of Raton and Juanita Tafoya of Raton, NM. 11 Grandsons John and Fredick Guss,Jeffery and Matthew Bernal Teddy Bernal Jr, Anthony Bernal Jr, Dayton Bernal Hernandez, Rodrido Ontiveros, Issiah, Jacob and Kane Sisnerous. Granddaughter; Arianna Bernal, Myra, Stephanie and Brittney Amaro (Bernal), Ashley Maldonado, Nazarenna Bernal, Marissa Bernal, Nellie Michelle Torres and Ashley Bernal. Along with numerous aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends also survive. Paul is also survived by the Mother of his 5 children Mary Jean Zinn of Amarillo, TX. 

Recitation of The Most Holy Rosary will be held on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church recited by Larry Guara. Solemn Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Wednesday July, 5th t 10:30 A.M. at St. Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father Bill Woytavich Officiating. Rite of Committal and Inurnment will follow at a later date at Fairmont Cemetery in Raton, NM. 


Obituary and Arrangements for Paul Chris Bernal are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Mary Martinez

Mary Martinez went home to the Lord on Friday, June 23, 2017.


She was born in Mills, NM on November 26, 1929.


She is survived by her two brothers, Pedro Montoya and wife, Margaret, and Cecil Montoya and wife, Effie; and seven children, Leo Martinez and wife Yong of Colorado Springs, CO, Celina DeAguero and husband Arturo of Bernalillo, NM, Cecilia Aragon of Englewood, CO, Josephine Gallegos of Castle Rock, CO, Marcella Martinez of Albuquerque, NM, Edward Martinez and wife Amelia of Bernalillo, NM, and Virginia Montoya and husband Dominic of Algodones, NM. She was blessed with sixteen grandchildren; Rebecca and husband Henry, Lena and husband Mark, Salomón and wife Selena, Daniel, Layla, Anitra, Mark, Steven and wife Tracy, Angelina and husband Dustin, Erika, Michael, Elicia and partner Marian, Kristina and husband Dwayne, David and partner Adriana, Leona, and Analisa; and twenty-seven great-grandchildren, Matthew, Samantha, Alex, Stephen, Anthony, Dominique, Quentin, Savannah, Mia, Derek, Maya, Alyssa, Aiyanna, Alexis, Antonio, Adrian, Damien, Arianna, Noah, Suchel, Danica, Evangeline, Isaiah, Liliana, David, Isaac, and Penelope. 

She was preceded in death by her husband Leo of 63 years; her parents, Jose Francisco and Carlota Montoya; her brothers, Raymond and Felix; and her sisters, Dora, Celina, and Frances. Mary was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will truly be missed by all.

Viewing will take place from 9:00 am to 10:00 am on Friday, June 30, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Springer, NM. Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be at 10:00 A.M followed by the Solemn Mass of the Resurrection at 10:30 A.M. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Springer, NM. Rite of committal and internment will follow at the Springer Cemetery. 

Arrangements for Mary Martinez are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

In Loving Memory of Joseph F. Pobar, Sr.

On July 1, 2017 Joseph F Pobar, Sr, a native of Raton, NM passed away.
Joe was born in Raton on December 20. 1923. Joe went by the name Joe6Pack, the 6 stands for – faith in God, trust, joy, happiness, love, peace. His favorite song was “Running Against The Wind”.
His wife, Genevieve, passed away in 1991.
Joe is survived by four daughters and four sons, 15 grandchildren 7 great grand kids.
Graveside Funeral will be at Mount Calvary Cemetery Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 2 pm. 
Any question please contact:
Joseph Pobar Jr

In Loving Memory of Lorenzo “Shorty” Avila

Lorenzo “Shorty” Avila, age 84, died Thursday, June 22, 2017 at his home in Texline, Texas.

Rosary was recited at 7:00 P.M. Central Time on Monday, June 26, 2017 and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Central Time on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Texline, Texas with Monsignor Michael Colwell as Celebrant. Burial will follow in the Texline Memorial Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton, New Mexico.

avila lLorenzo “Shorty” Avila was born on March 20, 1933 in Guadalupe y Calvo, Chihuahua, Mexico to Pedro Avila and Simona (Pena) Avila. He married Maria (Estrada) Avila in 1979 in Clayton, New Mexico. Lorenzo loved farming and ranching, tractor work and cattle work. He loved to have his friends and family over to visit, reminisce and tell stories, Maria would always cook a big meal for his friends and family. Lorenzo was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Texline, Texas. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. In addition to his parents, Lorenzo was preceded in death by a son; Lorenzo R. Avila, a brother; Antonio Ruiz and a great-granddaughter; Isabella Grace Blea.


WIFE: Maria Avila of Texline, Texas.

4 DAUGHTERS: Lorenza Avila Acevedo of Los Nieves, Durango, Mexico, Guillermina Lozano and her husband Arturo of Roswell, New Mexico, Tomasa Ballona and her husband Rogelio Montes and Carmen Avila and her husband Martin Villa all of Texline, Texas.

2 SONS: Guillermo Ballona of Texline, Texas and Manuel Blea and his wife Candace of Pampa, Texas.

2 SISTERS: Ilaria Rivas and Victoria Macias and her husband Antonio all of Cuidad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico.

18 Grandchildren, 27 Great-Grandchildren

And numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

MEMORIALS: The family asks that memorials be made in Lorenzo’s memory to the Texas Oncology Foundation, 12221 Merit Dr., Suite 500, Dallas, Texas 75251.