Category: Obituaries

In Loving Memory of Melvin J. Gabledon

Melvin J. Gabledon, age 77, passed away unexpectedly at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, CO. on April 6, 2016.

gabledonHe is survived by two daughters , other relatives and many dear friends.

People are invited to attended the 8:00AM daily Mass at Sebastiani Gym on Friday, April 22, 2016 in his memory.

At Noon, there will be a reception at the Park Café, hosted by his many friends.

At his family’s request, private services and inurnment will be held at a later date.
Comi Funeral Home. 

In Loving Memory of Susie E. Swope

Susie E. Swope, age 74, a resident of T or C, died Tuesday, April 12, 2016.

She is survived by her children, Ken Chancellor and wife, Rose, Jackie Foster and husband, Dave, Eileen Aguirre, Mary Higgins, Ben Swope, and Kathy Potter; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Susie was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Swope; granddaughter, Brittany Swope; and brother, Pat Butler.

She was born in 1941 in Moriarty, NM to C.T. and Dora Butler, and graduated from Moriarty High School. She then attended New Mexico State in Las Cruces where she obtained her Bachelors Degree in Education. Susie taught Home Economics in Moriarty. She worked as a bus contractor for a number of years and also founded Matthew 25 Food Pantry in T or C.

Susie always felt the need to take care of everybody. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Cremation has taken place and as per Susie’s request, no services will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Susie’s name to Matthew 25 Food Pantry, 405 Austin St., T or C, NM 87901.


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In Loving Memory of Edna Ruth Di Lisio

Edna Ruth Di Lisio age 93 of Raton, NM, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2016 in Raton.

She was born March 26, 1923 in Telluride, CO, the daughter of Swan and Hildur Anderson-Swanson.

diLisioRuth had worked for many years as a bookkeeper for the Albany Hotel in Denver, CO and the Yucca Hotel in Raton. She was a member of the MCMC Auxiliary, the Girl Scouts and St. Patrick’s-St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raton.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Joseph Thomas Di Lisio Jr., son Joseph Thomas Di Lisio III, sister Judith Glasier and brother Herman Swanson.

Ruth is survived by four daughters, Wilma Jo McNamara and husband Tom of Milwaukee, WI. Mary Jean Wharton and husband Steve of Trinidad, CO, Elizabeth Ann Dobby and husband John of Wheaton, Ill and Christine Marie Morris and husband Mark of Raton. Five sons, Thomas Charles Di Lisio of Raton, Joseph Gregory Di Lisio of Raton, James Sven Di Lisio and wife Melea of Canyon City, CO, Timothy Carey Di Lisio and wife Michelle of Buffalo, KS and Mark Damian Di Lisio and wife Nancy Jane of Concord, CA.

A public memorial service will be held Friday, April 22, 2016 from 10 am – 2 pm at The St Patrick’s/St. Joseph’s Parish Hall in Raton.

In lieu of food and flowers please make donations to the MCMC Auxiliary.

Arrangements for Edna Ruth Di Lisio are under the direction of the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home of Raton.

In Loving Memory of Candido E Gutierrez

Full Name:  Candido E Gutierrez
Date of Birth:  Thursday, June 3rd, 1926
Date of Death:  Tuesday, April 12th, 2016
Service Information


When:  Monday, April 18th, 2016, 9:00am
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
Springer, New Mexico

Interment: Springer Cemetery

Yaksich-Long Funeral Home (Raton)

In Loving Memory of Margarita (Margie) Florencia Armijo

Margarita (Margie) Florencia Armijo was born on August 15, 1942 in Heck Canyon, NM to Julio and Sofia Cordova Chavez and went to be with our Lord on April 9, 2016 in Santa Fe, NM. She was preceded in death by her father Julio Chavez, Sr. and her mother Sofia Chavez. Paternal grandparents, Nestor and Josefita Chavez. Maternal grandparents, Rubel and Eloisa Cordova. Infant sister, Mary Alice Chavez and two brothers, Julian Chavez and Benny Chavez.

She is survived by her husband of fifty three years, Joe Armijo; daughters Diana Alderette and husband Vince and Yvonne Turley and husband Danny all of Springer. Grand children: Matthew Garcia, Victoria and husband Howard Mwenguo, Danny Turley, Jr. and Colleen Eungard, Joseph Turley and Mary Archuleta and one great-grandchild DeAngelo Mwenguo. Brothers, Tommy Chavez of Redman, Oregon; Julio Chavez, Jr. and Angie, Albert Chavez and Frances, Joe Chavez and Louise all of Springer. Gilbert Chavez and Patsy of Capitan, NM and Ernie Chavez and Patty of Thornton, Colorado. Sisters, Josephine Vigil and Tony of Rio Rancho; Stella Aguilar, Patsy Henrie and Ballard of Springer; Theresa Lopez and Ernie of Maxwell and Lorraine Quintana of Espanola; Sister-in-laws, Dorothy Chavez of Dumas, Texas and Mary Chavez of Cimarron. Numerous nieces and nephews.

She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Springer, Legion of Mary, Altar Society and Senior Citizens. She devoted many years of her life to these organizations. She visited the sick and prayed with many in her community, as well as weekly visits with the residents of Colfax General Long Term Facility in Springer. Margie cared for many of her nieces and nephews and for many children of the Springer community throughout her life. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren, especially the newest addition to her family her first great-grand child, DeAngelo.

Recitation of The Most Holy Rosary will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Springer on Saturday April 16th 10a.m. with Legion Of Mary. Followed by the Solemn Mass of the Resurrection at 1030 a.m. with Father Emmanuel Izuka and Deacon Gilbert “Tito” Chavez as the Celebrant. Rite of Committal and Interment will follow at the Springer Cemetery.

Arrangements for Margarita (Margie) Florencia Armijo are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home.

Funeral ServiceSaturday, April 16, 2016
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
710 5th St.
Springer, NM 87747

In Loving Memory of Julian Roger Charrette

Julian Roger Charrette (Pops Skelly, Grandpa, Grumpa, Grandpa Tinka, Papi, Unc, Uncle Ju, Roger, Uncle J, Judy…) from Raton, New Mexico. July 30, 1941 – April 7, 2016. After living a full life, Julian R. Charrette has left this world to join the ones who went before him.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Pete and Stella Charrette; his four brothers, Pete, Steve, Gary, Ruben, and Great Granddaughter Arcadia Jaramillo.

Julian is survived by his children, James A. Seligman and wife Ana of Rio Rancho, NM, Zachary Charrette and wife Olga of Rio Rancho NM, Nicholas Bryant of Boulder City, NV, Ann Marie Charrette, Julian Charrette, and Melanie Charrette, their mothers Betty Aguilar and Barbara Charrette , and God Daughter Estrella Charrette-Gallegos, all of Albuquerque, NM.

Julian was born in Raton, NM to Pete and Stella Charrette. He grew up in Raton and various parts of California, but graduated from Raton High in 1958. Julian would spend the next 56 years starting our family and showing us the ropes of road-tripping, camping, fishing, ice fishing, tile setting, and basic survival in the wild, on I-40 and beyond. He was a hard worker and his tile work was well known (he “wasn’t the best tile setter in town, but he was in the top two”).  He loved the Oakland Raiders and attended many games. His work took him from Pasadena to New York and anywhere in between (Go Cornhuskers!). He enjoyed traveling to the Oakland – San Francisco Bay area to visit our family and to get a clam chowder on the Wharf, but he always called Albuquerque home.

charetteHe could often be found with his nose in a book or the newspaper, reading the obituaries, doing crossword puzzles, soaking up the sun, cooking up a delicious meal, writing recipes down, taking notes about the world around him, or dancing and singing to music. His children and grandchildren meant the world to him and he always showed them great love. His Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and Friends adored him and will miss his contagious laugh and his memories.

Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren: Theresa, Joseph, Lucas, and Daniel Seligman, Marena, Estevan, Jazmaine, Ceasar, Andres Jerika, John Paul Julian Charrette (also his BFF), and Louis Silva.

Services will be Friday, April 15 at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church 9502 4th Street NW Albuquerque, NM 87114. Rosary will begin at 8:00 a.m. with a Mass following at 9:00 a.m. Interment with the Immediate family will follow at a later date. Reception will be held at the American Legion Post 13 from 12-5:00 p.m.

We will miss you forever, Dad. Thanks for everything!  

In Loving Memory of Alicia Maria Montoya

Alicia Maria Montoya, age 84, died Tuesday, April 5, 2016 in Oakland, California.

Rosary will be recited at 9:00 A.M. on Saturday, April 16, 2016 by Deacon P. Louis Montoya and Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:00 AM at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Clayton with Fr. Joel Bugas as Celebrant. Burial will follow in the Clayton Memorial Cemetery by Hass Funeral Directors of Clayton.

montoya aliciaAlicia Maria Montoya was born on June 28, 1931 in Bueyeros, New Mexico to Marcos Montoya and Aurelia (Lovato) Montoya. She was fondly known by all as Lisha. She lived in Clayton until her parents died and then moved to Oakland, California to live with her sister Martha and her family. After Martha died Lisha was cared for by Joseph CDeBaca and a great-niece Crystal and the rest of the CDeBaca family in Oakland, California.

Lisha was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters Jeannie Basaldoa, Mary Rodriguez, Josie Taylor and Martha CDeBaca and two brothers Severo Montoya and Abran Montoya.


1 SISTER: Annie Sanchez and her husband Johnny of Clayton, New Mexico.

1 BROTHER: Joseph CDeBaca of Oakland, California.

Numerous nieces and nephews and several friends in Clayton and California.

Prayer ServiceSaturday, April 16, 2016
9:00 AM

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
115 N. 1st Street
Clayton, NM 88415

In Loving Memory of Edith Lorene Talbott

Edith Lorene Talbott, age 91, of Raton, NM, passed away April 9, 2016 in Springer NM. She was born June 2nd 1924 in Chelsea OK, the daughter of Clyde Samuel and Luesettie (Redfern) Shelton.

talbott eShe was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother . She loved decorating cakes, playing music, sewing, camping, hummingbirds, fishing, and was a member of the Good Sam’s, The Panhandle Bluegrass Old Tyme Music Association, and a member of Quatro Estados.

Edith was preceded in death by her husband Leslie Vernon Talbott and her brother Oscar L. Shelton and is survived by; one daughter, Beverly Kent of Raton; two sons, Darrell Talbott, wife, Peggy of Arvada, CO, and Dale Talbott, wife, Becky, of Rio Rancho, NM; four grandsons Brian and wife Deanna, Daniel and wife Tylena, Kevin and wife Amberly, and David and wife Liz; 3 great-granddaughters Madeline, Natalie and Sawyer; and many friends.

Visitation will be Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel. Services will be Monday, April 18, 2016 at 1:00 p.m . at the Yaksich-Long Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mark Crotinger officiating. Burial will follow at the Fairmont Cemetery in Raton.

In Loving Memory of Eufracia “Fra” Sandoval

Eufracia “Fra” Sandoval age 94 went home to be with our Lord on April 7, 2016. She was born on November 8, 1921 in Vermejo Park to Ricardo and Abrosita Martinez. Anyone who new mom loved her. She was a kind, loving, generous person.

Fra was preceded in death by her husband Moises, daughter Virgie and son-in-law Jim Martinez, daughter Delia and son-in-law Steve Ortega, son-in-law Bob Sisneros, grandsons: Bobby and Eddie Sisneros, Robert Jaramillo, great grandson Danny Ray Sisneros, Parents Ricardo and Ambrocita Martinez, Brother Louie Martinez, sisters: Carrie Martinez, Rachel Castenada, and Ollie Swanson.

She is survived by her daughter Lorraine Sisneros (Paul Bernal), Agnes “Aggie” Ortega (Mike), grandchildren: James Martinez, Roy Martinez (Stephanie), Jesse Martinez (Clora), Dennis Martinez (Wendy), and Anita Maes. Steve Ortega (Trish), Lisha Jaramillo, Albert Ortega (Rhonda), Robin Romero (Mark), Mark Sisneros (Courtney), Michael Ortega, Eric Ortega (Stephanie), Sister Ramona Rodriguez, Brother Joe Martinez (June). Several special great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren nieces and nephews also survive.

Recitation of the Most Holy Rosary will be held on Friday April 15th at 9:00 AM at the St. Patrick’s/ St. Joseph’s Catholic Church followed by the Solemn Mass of the Resurrection at 9:30 AM with Father John Trambley officiating. Rite of Committal and Inurnment to follow at Fairmont Cemetery.

Arrangements from Eufracia “Fra” Sandoval are under the direction of the Alderette Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.

Memorial ServiceFriday, April 15, 2016
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

St. Patrick’s/ St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
Buena Vista
Raton, New Mexico 87740

In Loving Memory of Mary E. Chavez

Mary E Chavez, former resident of Vigil, CO, passed away in Greeley, CO on April 9, 2016 at the age of 94.


She was born in Trinidad, CO, on January 19, 1922, the daughter of Estafanita and Paul Apodaca.


Chavez pic 2Mary was a 1941 graduate of Trinidad High School and attended Trinidad State Junior College and University of Colorado in Boulder CO., receiving her degree in teaching.


She began her teaching career in Torres, CO, as the first teacher to open the newly built two room school. Mary and the family lived next to the school.  When it closed, she moved to another two room school in Vigil. Later Mary taught in Weston CO , until retiring after a 17 year teaching career.


On August 23, 1947, Mary was united in marriage to Joe Floyd Chavez.  Floyd built their house in Vigil where they lived for many years.


Mary was a devoted Wife and loving Mother.  She was able to teach and raise her family at the same time. She was gentle but strong and was able to see any situation from different points of view.


Once her children were grown, Mary continued to stay active.  She attended art classes and painted many pictures.  Some of them were entered in the Las Animas County Fair, winning various awards and ribbons.


She was very active in San Isidro Catholic Church where she organized and coordinated many fundraisers. Mary was a strong advocate for keeping the mission church open.  She also was active in the choir for many years.  She was a woman of strong faith and love for the Lord her entire life.


Mary was also involved in the political arena for many years serving as an Election Judge.


Chavez pic 1For eleven years, Mary lived in Greeley and then returned to Trinidad where she resided at the Corazon Square and then the Trinidad Inn Nursing Home. While a resident there, she represented the Trinidad Inn in Governor Ritter’s office.  She served as the President of the Resident Council of the Trinidad Inn and in Greeley.  Mary also was the 2008 Trinidad Inn’s Silver Queen Representative at the Colorado State Fair.


In 2013, Mary returned to Greeley and resided at the Good Samaritan Society, Bonell Community until her passing.


Preceding her in death are parents, husband Joe Floyd Chavez and son  Glen Floyd Chavez.


She is survived by daughter Pat L. (Marino) Montoya, grandchildren, Marco C. (Ashley) Montoya, Dominic P. (Jenna) Montoya, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Visitation will be Thursday from 4PM-7PM at the Comi Chapel.


Funeral Services will be Friday, April 15, 20126 with Rosary at 9AM at Comi Chapel followed by the Funeral Mass at 10AM at Sebastiani Gym.


Interment with Rite of Committal will follow at the Vigil Cemetery.


Active pallbearers are Robert Apodaca, Lee Apodaca, Calvin Chavez, Troy Chavez, Jack Chavez, and Brian Chavez.


Arrangements made under the direction of the Comi Funeral Home.